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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

Beverly (South): A Castle, Mansions and More

Tour one of Chicago’s most fascinating neighborhoods, Beverly. Explore two houses built just after the Great Fire of 1871, a Frank Lloyd Wright home and a true Chicago castle. This tour showcases part of Chicago’s Longwood Drive Landmark District…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Metra station, 103rd St. and Walden Pkwy.

Bike Humboldt, the 606 and Palmer Square

This leisurely ride takes us through some of Chicago’s constructed natural beauty. We’ll bike along a route that was once the city’s edge while examining a historic boulevard and park designed by William LeBaron Jenney and Jens Jensen. As we ride…

Duration
2.5 Hours
Meet
1301 N. Humboldt Dr., the boathouse parking lot

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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Duration
2.5 Hours
Meet
1301 N. Humboldt Dr., the boathouse parking lot

Bohemian National Cemetery

Discover a wealth of stories told in stone and bronze at Bohemian National Cemetery. Since 1877, Bohemian National has remained the cemetery of choice for Chicago’s Bohemian and Czech immigrant communities. In this beautiful space, immigrants have vividly…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
5255 N. Pulaski Rd., inside the front gate

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
5255 N. Pulaski Rd., inside the front gate

Bronzeville

Once home to European-American merchants, Bronzeville is now primarily an African-American community as a result of the Great Migration. See how this historic neighborhood celebrates its fascinating past as it looks to the future.

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAC tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Bungalow Belt by Bus

Between World War I and the Great Depression, more than 80,000 bungalows were built in Chicago. These one-and-a-half story homes—with detailed masonry and windows, dormered roofs, sheltered entrances and neat lawns—signified the pursuit of the American…

Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Note: The annual departure of this special CAC tour will be scheduled again next year. To get tour updates, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Calvary Cemetery: Catholics in Chicago

Join us as we visit Chicagoland's oldest Catholic cemetery to see the resting places of prominent Irish and Italian Americans, including Chicago mayor Jane Byrne, as well as three other Chicago mayors. On this tour we will examine the rise of Catholics…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, inside the front gate

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAC tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
301 Chicago Ave., Evanston, inside the front gate

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Experience the allure of a historic, exclusive men's club transformed into a 21st century luxury hotel. You will see old world craftsmanship restored to its original elegance, plus renovated and newly added spaces.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
12 S. Michigan Ave., front entrance

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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12 S. Michigan Ave., front entrance

Chicago Board of Trade Building

The Chicago Board of Trade is a Loop icon anchoring the LaSalle Street financial corridor. We’ll see newly designed and renovated spaces, historical art and the massive traders’ vault within the three architecturally distinct Board of Trade buildings…

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
141 W. Jackson Blvd., inside the building lobby

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
141 W. Jackson Blvd., inside the building lobby

Chicago Murals

Highlights from this brand new tour include murals in a park and a union hall, ranging from the Progressive Era to contemporary murals.

Duration
5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Note: No upcoming departures are currently scheduled for this tour. To learn about other CAC tours and events, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Chicago Pedway

Discover the fascinating “city below the city” used by Chicagoans every day—the Pedway. From the Thompson Center to Block 37 to the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, our one and half mile walking tour introduces the history, design and unique surprises of…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Lower level of Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph*

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Lower level of Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph*

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
Meet
Theater lobby, 800 E. Grand Ave.

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Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Theater lobby, 800 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago's Amazing Fair of 1893

CAC's family tour, Chicago's Amazing Fair of 1893, is designed for those with elementary-aged children. It tells the stories of the World's Fair of 1893 in such a way that all family members are sure to enjoy.

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Churches By Bus

Explore a church turned Buddhist temple, a Benedictine monastery that also happens to be a bed & breakfast and several other houses of worship in Bridgeport. This tour has six stops that cover a variety of architectural styles from the late 19th Century…

Duration
6 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Note: The annual departure of this special CAC tour will be scheduled again next year. To get tour updates, sign up to receive our monthly e-news at architecture.org/email.

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Duration
6 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Civil War and Chicago's Role: Rosehill Cemetery

Hear the stories of the heroes, villains and ordinary citizens on this visit to Rosehill Cemetery. Learn about men who were instrumental in the nomination of Lincoln, discover the role of newspaper editors in this struggle and see how women contributed…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., inside entrance gate

Note: Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email tickets@architecture.org.

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Duration
2 Hours
Meet
5800 N. Ravenswood Ave., inside entrance gate

Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery

Oak Woods Cemetery is the final resting place of thousands of confederate soldiers—in the impressive Confederate Mound—as well as some of the most important African Americans who fought for Civil Rights. Explore Oak Woods and learn the stories behind…

Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate