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In addition to our public walking tours reinstated for small groups, the CAC offers two more options to experience our acclaimed walking tours.

Private and custom tours are intended for parties of up to six people. While these options may be ideal for families and groups that have isolated together, that is not a requirement. The CAC’s COVID-19 safety policies for walking tours apply to all private and custom tours as well, including the wearing of face coverings by all attendees.


Book your private or custom walking tour by contacting our Group Sales department today! Email groupsales@architecture.org.

Private and custom tours are contingent upon docent availability. Please contact us at least seven days prior to your preferred tour date.


PRIVATE TOURS: MY SOCIAL CIRCLE

Experienced and knowledgeable CAC docents are available to lead private tours for up to six family members or friends along any of our existing routes. Schedule according to the availability of those in your group! To book, please email groupsales@architecture.org.

Reduced pricing begins September 1! Book a My Social Circle private tour for just $135 (regularly $180), valid on all tours booked and attended through December 31, 2020. And with appreciation for all they do, we’re pleased to offer teachers, active servicemembers, veterans and essential workers further reduced rates. Email CAC Group Sales to learn more!

CAC members save more! Members can book a My Social Circle private tour for just $99 (regularly $135), valid on all tours booked and attended through December 31, 2020.

Ask us about including CAC face coverings, gift bags and souvenir photos with your private tour reservation!


Family Walking Tours

Join CAC Education staff for a special walking tour for you and up to six total members of your family, for just $99!

Enjoy a special, safe walking tour experience from 45−60 minutes with one of the CAC’s expertly trained Education Guides, as they share secrets and stories behind some of the city’s most famous buildings—all just steps away from the Center at 111 East Wacker Drive.

With content curated specifically for youth ages eight and up, the whole family will enjoy learning how Chicago grew and why it became a global capital for great architecture.

Tours are offered seven days a week, subject to availability. To book your group of up to six people, please email groupsales@architecture.org. The CAC’s COVID-19 safety policies for walking tours apply to all private and custom tours as well, including the wearing of face coverings by all attendees.

  • Chicago Architecture Basics
    This tour explores Chicago history through the lens of the city’s architecture. It includes visits to iconic structures that showcase why Chicago is the city of architectural innovation. Available beginning September 1, 2020.
  • Chicago: City on the Move
    Chicago’s location at a key transportation junction allowed it to grow at a rapid rate. Discover engineering breakthroughs that helped the city utilize water, rails and roads to move goods and people—from 1850 to today. Available beginning September 18, 2020.
  • 1893 World's Fair
    While the 1893 World’s Fair was held on the South Shore of Lake Michigan in mostly temporary buildings, there are sites downtown—still standing today—that date from the Fair and highlight its impact. Available beginning September 18, 2020.

CUSTOM TOURS: ARCHITECTURE CONVERSATIONS

Let the CAC design and lead a bespoke tour for up to six attendees based on your group’s interests! The Architecture Conversations custom tour option we’ve offered for many years may be more ideal now than ever while gathering sizes are limited.

Architecture Conversations and other specially customized tours start with a minimum two-hour reservation at $375, with each additional hour $125.