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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

White City Revisited

Explore Jackson Park, site of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and future home to the Obama Presidential Center.

Duration
2 Hours
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In the parking lot at Hayes Dr. and Cornell 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
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…

Duration
2 Hours
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The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park

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
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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

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
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 its only in recent years that their achievements have been acknowledged. Today, women architects are reshaping Chicago's skyline. Join us as we travel through the Loop to view some of the new buildings and landscape…

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

Insider Guide to the Galleries

Tuesday through Saturday at 11:30am, explore the Chicago Architecture Center on a “behind the scenes” guided tour of our new exhibit space! This 45-minute guided walk through our Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill-designed facility covers both the Chicago…

Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

Note: This tour is offered every Tuesday through Saturday at 11:30am.

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Duration
0.75 Hour
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.