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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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Union Station: Icon of a Great Age

Seen everyday by thousands and not really seen! Take a tour of the iconic landmarked Great Hall of Union Station, first envisioned in Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago.

Price
$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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500 W. Jackson Blvd. between Canal and Clinton

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$20 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1 Hour
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500 W. Jackson Blvd. between Canal and Clinton

University of Chicago

Come explore the early Collegiate Gothic roots of the university campus in the original quadrangles, the “march of mid-century modernism” along the Midway and the recent, breath-taking architectural additions such as the Mansueto Library and the Midway…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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University Bookstore, 58th St. and Ellis Ave.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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University Bookstore, 58th St. and Ellis Ave.

Uptown

From the Roaring Twenties, through Prohibition and up to the present, something interesting has always been happening in Uptown. See a treasure trove of terra cotta ornament, learn about the adaptive re-use of buildings and hear about past and present…

Duration
2 Hours
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Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.

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Duration
2 Hours
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Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.

Vice to Nice: Transformation of the South Loop

The story of the South Loop is complete with characters, corruption, renewal and transformation. Explore how an area known for vice, gangsters, a few famous madams and a lot of abandoned railroad tracks has transformed into today’s thriving South Loop…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.*

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.*

Walk Pilsen

Discover Pilsen, a neighborhood that continues to welcome immigrants, adding to the mosaic that enriches urban life. Walk a vibrant community whose architecture and art reflect the dreams of all who come to Chicago. Trace European and Mexican influences…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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CTA 18th St. L station, just west of Paulina St.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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CTA 18th St. L station, just west of Paulina St.

Walk the 606

Learn about The 606/Bloomingdale Trail and how it came to be during this 90-minute, one-mile walking tour along the beautifully restored Bloomingdale railroad viaduct on Chicago’s Northwest side.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
1.5 Hours
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Trail entrance above Marshfield and Bloomingdale

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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.

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell Ave.

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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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…

Price
$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

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$26 public (includes CAC admission), Free for CAC members
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2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

Willis Tower and 311 S. Wacker Drive

Explore Willis Tower and learn how the architects met the challenges of designing a super-tall building in the 1970s. We’ll also visit 311 S. Wacker Drive across the street and compare its Postmodern design to Willis Tower’s Modernism.

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

Women in Chicago Architecture

Women have been architects for decades, but until recently, their achievements often went unacknowledged. Join us as we travel through the Loop to view new buildings and landscape projects designed by women.

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

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