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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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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…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
912 Lyster Rd., Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio

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
912 Lyster Rd., Rothblatt-Amrany Fine Arts Studio

Fort Sheridan by Bus

Discover stunningly beautiful Fort Sheridan, a residential area just north of Chicago with more than 60 buildings designed by Holabird and Roche.

Duration
5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.*

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Duration
5 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.*

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…

Duration
4 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
4 Hours
Meet
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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.

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

French Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers

Tour en Français des gratte-ciel historiques et modernes du centre de Chicago. Ce tour, en français, comprend des gratte-ciel historiques et modernes. Pour tracer l’histoire de ces bâtiments nous commençons par des monuments classés du XIXème…

Duration
2 Hours
Meet
la boutique de CAF, 224 S. Michigan 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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la boutique de CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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 art galleries. See how commercial and industrial buildings incorporate design elements…

Price
$26 public, Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
CTA Morgan St. Station, Lake St. entrance

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAC Members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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CTA Morgan St. Station, Lake St. entrance

Gold Coast: Astor Street

Discover the architectural treasures of the Gold Coast, one of Chicago’s most affluent neighborhoods. See residential architecture along Lake Shore Dr. and in the Astor Street Historic District, with elegant homes in the Romanesque, Queen Anne, Tudor…

Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
Meet
North Ave. between State and Astor Streets

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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North Ave. between State and Astor Streets

Gold Coast: Dearborn Street

See some of Chicago's most beautiful and diverse residences on this delightful walk along three blocks of the multifaceted Dearborn Street. Learn the history of this storied Near North neighborhood, which was established in the wake of the Chicago Fire…

Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Intersection of Dearborn St. and North 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
1 Hour
Meet
Intersection of Dearborn St. and North Ave.

Graceland Cemetery

Beautiful and serene, Graceland Cemetery is a treasured oasis in the center of our bustling city. Notables interred here are Chicago's movers and shakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Daniel Burnham, Potter Palmer, Charles Wacker, George…

Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

Graceland Cemetery: Symbols in Stone

As we explore a venerable section of Graceland Cemetery, we’ll discuss the meanings of and changes to gravestone symbols and shapes, from Victorian times to the present day. We’ll see a variety of obelisks and mausoleums, as well as distinctive memorials…

Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

Graceland Cemetery: Women of Influence

During Chicago’s period of growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women played a hugely influential role by participating in the Underground Railroad, exhibiting the first Modern Art paintings, creating the juvenile justice system and even…

Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., inside the gate

Grant Park Secrets

Grant Park’s landscape is both front yard and recreation spot for Chicago. But did you know that the area was once under water? Or that at one time it housed an airfield, a major league sports team and the tomb of a Civil War hero? Join us as we unlock…

Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
Meet
AIC South Garden; Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd.

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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AIC South Garden; Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd.

Hidden (Mostly Indoor) Art

Walk with us and find the truly fine art hiding in building lobbies across the Loop—and a few on the buildings themselves. Find out why these pieces are placed where they are, discover new artists and learn how the art and the buildings complement each…

Duration
1 Hour
Meet
Outside the building at 222 N. LaSalle St.

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 Hour
Meet
Outside the building at 222 N. LaSalle St.

Hidden (Mostly Outdoor) Art

See what you might not see—fine art hidden in the open. Find out why what’s there is there, discover artists new to you, see old friends in new ways and learn why building owners and managers want art at their buildings.

Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
Meet
In front of 150 N. Michigan Ave. building

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Price
$26 public, Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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In front of 150 N. Michigan Ave. building