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Explore the fascinating history reflected in the unique designs of the North Shore suburb of Lake Bluff. Trace the history from the formation of the Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Association, and their plans for a resort similar to the Chautauqua movement, which defined the community into the 1890s. Then discover the changes as the Camp Meeting Association gave way to the Village and the significant architectural styles that arose after the turn of the 20th century.

2 Hours
600 N. Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff train station

See examples of the camp meeting cottages, Prairie School houses, a Frank Lloyd Wright tract house, lakefront houses, a writers’ colony, a house designed for a theosophist, a house from the 1933 Century of Progress and much more.

  • Advance reservations are required for this tour.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.

Upcoming Lake Bluff Tours

Scheduled departures for this tour will return next season. To be notified when tickets for our next tour season go on sale, email