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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.

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Churches By Bus

Explore a church turned Buddhist temple, a Benedictine monastery turned 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 and early 20th Century…

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

Note: The annual departure of this special CAF 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…

Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate

Cliff Dwellers at Borg Warner

The Cliff Dwellers provides a great view of the lake and Grant Park, but you will be surprised by its history and its art and architectural connections to Louis Sullivan, Howard Van Doren Shaw and writer Hamlin Garland, who founded it in 1907. The Cliff…

Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
Borg-Warner building. 200 S. Michigan Ave.

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
0.75 Hour
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Borg-Warner building. 200 S. Michigan Ave.

Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader

Explore some of Burnham’s best-known landmarks as well as lesser-known designs on this tour that examines all facets of Burnham’s legacy—as an architect, planner and leader in Chicago, the city he cherished.

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

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

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

Devil in the White City

This tour explores the compelling true story told by Erik Larson in his best selling book, "The Devil in the White City," about two simultaneous events in Chicago history: the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the emergence of serial murderer…

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

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

Explore Chinatown

Discover the art, architecture and history of Chinatown on this 90-minute walk, which includes stops at a Chinese bakery and a former Italian church. The tour concludes near some of Chinatown’s tastiest restaurants, convenient for those wanting to stay…

Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

Elevated Architecture: South Side "L" Train

Starting and ending in Chicago's downtown, you will embark on an exciting journey on the elevated trains discovering the evolution of near south side neighborhoods, particularly Bronzeville, Chinatown and the South Loop. Much of the tour takes place on…

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

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

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

Emerging Chicago

Our 13th annual Emerging Chicago bus tour offers the opportunity to visit exciting new projects designed by Gensler, the world’s largest architecture firm. Join us as we celebrate the firm’s 20 years of influence in Chicago.

Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Gensler Offices, 11 E. Madison St.

Note: The annual departure of this special CAF 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
Gensler Offices, 11 E. Madison St.

Evanston Along the Lake

This walk through Evanston's Lakeshore Historic District explores a variety of churches and residences in the town that became Daniel Burnham's "country retreat" and which is still considered one of Chicago's most desirable suburbs.

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

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
Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

Farnsworth House by Bus

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

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

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Duration
4.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Farnsworth House PLUS

Farnsworth House—the famous glass house along the bank of the Fox River—is one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces, designed by Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1951. A founder and leader of the modernist movement in Europe, Mies lived…

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

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

Fine Arts Building

Discover this treasure trove on Michigan Avenue and learn how it went from a carriage showroom to a high-profile artists’ colony that housed tenants like Frank Lloyd Wright, Lorado Taft and Harriet Monroe.

Price
$20 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

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Price
$20 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

Food and Architecture of 1893

On this "see and taste" walking tour, you will see what downtown Chicago looked like at the time of the 1893 World's Fair as well as taste new foods that were introduced at the fair. By 1893, Chicago was the second largest city in the country, and hosted…

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

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

Food, History, Architecture and the Berghoff

Learn about the impact several successful immigrants had on the architecture and culture of Chicago and admire a few lesser known buildings before touring the home of one of America's oldest family owned and operated restaurants. Revel in a fascinating…

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

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

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