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Chicago is known around the world for its architecture. Whether you tour downtown or a neighborhood, our expert docent guides will tell you the stories behind the buildings. Visit iconic skyscrapers, elegant hotels or the legendary houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. With more than 85 tours to choose from, we won't blame you if you can't pick just one.

Recommended Tours

Walk the 606

A 90-minute, one mile walking tour of the 606/Bloomingdale Trail, an elevated walking and bicycling trail and linear park on top of the beautifully restored Bloomingdale railroad viaduct on Chicago’s northwest side.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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Trail entrance above Marshfield and Bloomingdale

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. Please email tickets@architecture.org to be notified when tickets are available.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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Trail entrance above Marshfield and Bloomingdale

White City Revisited

Explore Jackson Park, site of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and future home to the Obama Presidential Center.

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. Please email tickets@architecture.org to be notified when tickets are available.

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Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

Wicker Park

Learn the history of this Northwest Side classic Chicago neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Developed by numerous immigrant communities beginning in the 1870s, today it is a diverse mix of economic levels and architectural…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. Please email tickets@architecture.org to be notified when tickets are available.

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Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive

Originally named the Sears Tower, Willis Tower was the world's tallest building when completed in 1974. Learn how architects met the challenges of designing a super-tall building and compare Willis Tower, a testament to Modernism, with 311 S. Wacker Drive…

Duration
0.75 Hour
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Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower

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Duration
0.75 Hour
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Inside the Wacker Dr. entrance of Willis Tower

Self Guided Audio Tour: French

Si vous n’avez pas le temps de suivre un tour conduit par un de nos guides, vous pouvez louer un guide-audio pour une visite en français. Il y a deux visites par guide-audio en francais: “ Les Gratte-ciel Historiques – 1885-1934” et “les Gratte-ciel…

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Self Guided Audio Tour: German

Können Sie nicht persönlich an einer unserer Touren teilnehmen? Dann buchen Sie eine Hörführung in Ihrer Muttersprache! Wir bieten zwei Touren auf Deutsch an – die Entstehung des Wolkenkratzers (Historische Wolkenkratzer) und Moderne Wolkenkratzer…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Self Guided Audio Tour: Japanese

Can't join us for a tour? Then rent an audio device in your native language! Two tours are available in Japanese- Historic Downtown and Modern Skyscrapers (1950's-present). Pick-up the personal listening device anytime on the day you have reserved…

Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Self Guided Audio Tour: Spanish

Por favor, no se preocupe del horario que dice que debe recogerlo a las 9 de la mañana. Lo puede recoger a cualquier hora antes de las 16 hs del día reservado. Debe devolver el aparato el mismo día.

Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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Duration
1.5 Hours
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CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater & The Yard

Since its opening on Navy Pier in 1999, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has grown to be one of the largest theater companies in the city. Explore the theater’s three performance venues, including The Yard, a newly constructed, flexible year-round stage…

Duration
1 Hour
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Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand Ave.

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Duration
1 Hour
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Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand Ave.