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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

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…

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
3.25 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
3.25 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Discover Chicago's Historic Neighborhoods

CAC has partnered with Big Bus Chicago for a tour that explores Chicago's mosaic of neighborhoods. Every day at 10:30am, discover five fascinating communities from a seat on an open-top bus. You'll get an intriguing look at the art, architecture and history…

Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $27 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $27 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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 (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chinatown Public Library, 2100 S. Wentworth Ave.

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

Emerging Chicago

Discover what’s new and important in Chicago’s built environment on this exclusive tour. This year we’re partnering with Related Midwest, a large real estate development company, to show you unique residential projects in three neighborhoods.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Evanston's Raymond Park, Hinman Ave. and Lake St.

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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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…

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
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
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
7.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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 (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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410 S. Michigan Ave., in front of the building

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Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), 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 can imagine what Chicago looked like during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, while tasting new foods that were introduced at the fair.

Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $23 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$35 public (includes CAC admission), $23 CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Fort Sheridan

Discover the history and architecture of Fort Sheridan, a former military base listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Designed by one of Chicago's most influential architects, Holabird and Roche, its buildings served military purposes from…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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912 Lyster Rd., Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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912 Lyster Rd., Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio

Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus

Discover the neighborhood where Wright's famed Prairie Style of architecture evolved. The tour includes bus transportation to and from Oak Park with commentary, a one-hour interior tour of Wright’s Home and Studio and a walking tour of the Frank Lloyd…

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park

Oak Park is home to the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Join us on this tour to view the exteriors of a rich selection of Wright's structures, including Prairie style and Victorian homes.

Price
$15 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park

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Price
$15 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright Neighborhoods by Bus

Follow Frank Lloyd Wright's career from 1899 to 1913, when his designs changed the face of the American family home. See more than 25 homes, including the Martin, Cheney and Roberts homes, which are not featured on any other CAC tour.

Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

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Price
$55 public (includes CAC admission), $47 CAC members
Duration
4 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

French Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers

Cette visite unique, vous offrira un aperçu complet de l’architecture de Chicago. Tout en écoutant l’histoire de la ville, vous verrez, dans l’ordre chronologique, quelques-uns de ses buildings les plus anciens, ainsi que des tours ultra-hautes…

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

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
1.5 Hours
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Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Fulton-Randolph Market: From Gritty to Gourmet

Discover the fascinating 150-year evolution of the Fulton-Randolph Market District from food wholesaling and meatpacking to gourmet restaurants, technology hubs and boutique hotels.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CTA Morgan St Station, corner of Lake and Morgan

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Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan St Station, corner of Lake and Morgan