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Aqua and Lakeshore East
Aqua and Lakeshore East
Take a closer look at Aqua—the striking skyscraper by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang—that has gained worldwide critical acclaim, and learn about the fascinating history of the neighborhood in which it is located—Lakeshore East.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago (north side of Millennium Park, 1 block east of Michigan Av.) Ending point is the Park at Lakeshore East (near Aqua at 225 N. Columbus Drive).
 
Art Institute of Chicago: The Campus and Modern Wing
Art Institute of Chicago: The Campus and Modern Wing
In partnership with the Art Institute, explore how various styles of architecture, sculpture and landscapes interact to create a unique museum campus. We’ll visit both the interior and exterior of the museum including its newest addition, the critically acclaimed Modern Wing by Renzo Piano. The ticket price includes general admission to the Art Institute (for the tour AND for one additional day).
PRICE: Adults- $31, CAF Members- $18, Members of AIC and CAF- Free
DURATION: 1.5 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue. Tour ends at the Modern Wing.
 
Beverly: A Castle, Mansions and More
Beverly: A Castle, Mansions and More
Tour one of Chicago’s most fascinating neighborhoods, Beverly. Explore two houses built just after the Great Fire of 1871, a Frank Lloyd Wright home and a true Chicago castle. This tour showcases part of Chicago’s Longwood Drive Landmark District located in one of the nation’s largest National Register Districts.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 1.5 hours
MEET: Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd Street and Walden Parkway (10300S, 1900W)
 
Beverly: Elegance on the Hill
Beverly: Elegance on the Hill
Once home to some of Chicago’s wealthiest families, Beverly’s mansions are still among the most beautiful in the city. During this tour we’ll view some of Beverly’s mansions along with homes that are merely large and unique.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 1.5 hours
MEET: Metra-Rock Island commuter station, 103rd Street and Walden Parkway (10300S, 1900W)
 
Chicago Board of Trade
Chicago Board of Trade
The Chicago Board of Trade is a Loop icon that anchors the La Salle Street financial corridor. Visit the three buildings that comprise the Board of Trade and showcase three distinct architectural styles. The tour has been expanded in March, 2014: you will now see newly renovated spaces, the re-opened traders vault, and the Agricultural and Financial trading floors.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 1.5 hours
MEET: Inside building lobby at 141 W. Jackson Blvd. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early.
 
Chicago Old and New: Intersections
Chicago Old and New: Intersections
Explore Chicago architecture from the 1870’s to the present while examining the intersections of streets, styles and cultures of our cultural history. We’ll view many different architectural styles and examine how they have become essential elements of Chicago’s unique urban fabric.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Civil War and Chicago's Role: Rosehill Cemetery
Civil War and Chicago's Role: Rosehill Cemetery
Hear the stories of the heroes, villains and ordinary citizens from the state on this visit to Rosehill Cemetery. Learn about men who were instrumental in the nomination of Lincoln, discover the role of newspaper editors in this struggle, and see how women contributed to the war effort.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Inside east entrance gate, 5800 N. Ravenswood Avenue and Rosehill Drive (1800 W, 5760 N)
 
Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery
Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery
Oak Woods Cemetery is the final resting place of thousands of confederate soldiers—in the impressive Confederate Mound—as well as some of the most important African Americans who fought for Civil Rights. Explore Oak Woods and learn the stories behind the people who have forever changed history.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Inside the cemetery at The Confederate Mound, 1035 E. 67th Street
 
Cliff Dwellers at Borg Warner
Cliff Dwellers at Borg Warner
The Cliff Dwellers provides a great view of the lake and Grant Park, but you will be surprised by its history and its art and architectural connections to Louis Sullivan, Howard Van Doren Shaw and writer Hamlin Garland, who founded it in 1907. The Cliff Dwellers resides on the 22nd floor of the Borg-Warner building, the second modernist building completed in downtown Chicago with its own surprising history. You will also have an option to have lunch at your own expense in the club after the tour.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader
Daniel Burnham: Architect, Planner, Leader
Explore some of Burnham’s best-known landmarks as well as lesser-known designs on this tour that examines all facets of Burnham’s legacy—as an architect, planner and leader in Chicago, the city he cherished.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Downtown Deco
Downtown Deco
Art Deco was a popular, modern style whose lavish materials and geometric ornament epitomized the prosperity and optimism of the Roaring 20s. See how the style enriches the soaring exteriors and opulent interiors of some of the city's most beautiful skyscrapers.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue.
 
Evanston Along the Lake
Evanston Along the Lake
This walk through Evanston's Lakeshore Historic District explores a variety of churches and residences in the town that became Daniel Burnham's "country retreat" and which is still considered one of Chicago's most desirable suburbs.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Raymond Park at Hinman Avenue and Lake Street in Evanston
 
Fine Arts Building
Fine Arts Building
Discover a treasure trove on Michigan Avenue and learn its development from a carriage showroom to the high-profile "artists colony" that made its reputation with tenants including Frank Lloyd Wright, Lorado Taft and Harriet Monroe.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: In front of the north entrance to the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park
Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park
Oak Park is home to the world’s largest collection of Wright-designed buildings. Join us on this tour featuring exteriors of a rich selection of Wright-designed structures, Prairie style and Victorian homes.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour - 1.25 hours
MEET: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL
 
French Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers
French Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers
Ce tour, en français, comprend des gratte-ciel historiques et modernes.
This tour in French includes both historic and modern skyscrapers.
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: la boutique de CAF, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Gold Coast: Astor Street
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 Drive and in the Astor Street Historic District, with elegant homes in the Romanesque, Queen Anne, Tudor, Art Deco, and Modern styles. Learn about the celebrated people who have lived here and the remarkable events that have occurred.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 1.5 hours
MEET: In the park at the Dr. Greene Vardiman Black statue across from the Cardinal’s Mansion at North Avenue between State and Astor
 
Gold Coast: Dearborn Street
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 1871 Chicago Fire.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: At the southern edge of the park directly north of the Dearborn Street/North Avenue intersection (1600 N and 50 W)
 
Graceland Cemetery
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 Pullman and many others. Their monuments were designed by the famous sculptors of the era, Daniel Chester French, Lorado Taft and architect Louis Sullivan. For two hours we stroll the winding paths, admire the scenery and recount fascinating stories of our famed, and not so famed, cemetery residents.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Inside cemetery entrance, northeast corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Road (1300W, 4000N)
 
Graceland Cemetery: Women of Influence
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 foiling a plot to kill President Lincoln. This tour celebrates the achievements of women in Chicago’s early history.
DURATION: 2 hours
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
MEET: MEET: Inside cemetery entrance, northeast corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Road (1300W, 4000N) in front of the visitor's center
 
Graceland: A Second Look
Graceland: A Second Look
Explore an older section of this historic garden cemetery. See unusual Victorian monuments and sentimental epitaphs that mark the graves of early Chicago mayors, artists, and other prominent citizens. Historic figures discussed on this tour include Carter Harrison, Thomas Tallmadge and Walter Newberry.
DURATION: 2 hours
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
MEET: Inside cemetery entrance, northeast corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Road (1300 W, 4000 N). No parking allowed inside the cemetery. Street parking is available on Clark and Irving Park.
 
Grant Park Secrets
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 the secrets of this Beaux Arts masterpiece.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Seniors/Students- $14, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 South Michigan Avenue
 
Hidden (Mostly Indoor) Art
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 other—or not.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: 222 North LaSalle Building, just outside lobby on LaSalle sidewalk. Tour ends at the 120 North LaSalle Building across from City Hall.
 
Hidden (Mostly Outdoor) Art
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: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: Northwest Corner of Randolph & MIchigan, in front of 150 North Michigan Building (200 E/150 N). Tour ends at the Northeast Corner of Randolph & Michigan (200 E/150 N).
 
Historic Downtown (North Loop): Treasures of Culture and Commerce
Historic Downtown (North Loop): Treasures of Culture and Commerce
Learn the stories behind the great architectural landmarks of State Street and Michigan Avenue from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore famous structures including Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott building, Burnham’s Reliance Building and many more. Hear about the city’s architectural gems and explore beautiful interiors that many Chicagoans don’t know exist!
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Historic Downtown (South Loop): Rise of the Skyscraper
Historic Downtown (South Loop): Rise of the Skyscraper
Step back in time to the late 1800’s and explore how Chicago went from a city devastated by a great fire to a leader in skyscraper engineering and design.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Hyde Park
Hyde Park
In addition to being the site of the 1893 World’s Fair, Hyde Park is also home to the University of Chicago and many significant buildings, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Robie House. See these sites as well as pre-fire houses and the famous Midway on this tour of one of Chicago’s best kept secrets—Hyde Park.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Seniors/Students- $12 Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 59th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, Main Entrance
 
Inland Steel Building
Inland Steel Building
As the first skyscraper built within the Loop after World War II, the Inland Steel Building became an instant symbol of Chicago’s prominence as a modern American city in the 20th century. Explore the exterior and interior of this iconic modern masterpiece and learn the stories behind this timeless structure.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: Inside the lobby of the Inland Steel Building, 30 W. Monroe St.
 
Italian Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers
Italian Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers
Grattacieli storici e moderni in Italiano.
This tour in Italian includes both historic and Modern skyscrapers.
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 South Michigan Avenue
 
Jackson Boulevard Historic District
Jackson Boulevard Historic District
This landmark district encompasses the 1500 blocks of West Jackson Boulevard and West Adams Street, which were home to the high-Victorian styles popular in the late 19th century. This walking tour looks at the homes of several noted Chicagoans of the Victorian era and reflects on their achievements.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Southwest corner of Jackson Boulevard and Laflin Street (300 S, 1500 W)
 
Jenney, "Father of the Skyscraper", and His Legacy
Jenney, "Father of the Skyscraper", and His Legacy
William Le Baron Jenney not only created the first metal-frame skyscraper, he also influenced a whole generation of 19th Century architects. Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, William Mundie, William Holabird and Martin Roche all worked for Jenney in the 1870s and 1880s. View buildings designed by Jenney himself as well as the work of former employees who advanced upon his skeletal structure. This walking tour has many buildings not included in other CAF walking tours and an optional walk to the first metal frame building to be clad in terra cotta.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 South Michigan Avenue
 
John Hancock Building
John Hancock Building
Completed in 1970, the Hancock Center (or "Big John") dominates the skyline at the north end of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Its series of stacked Xs are immediately recognizable, making the Hancock one of the most well-known profiles in the city. Learn how the Hancock forever changed the character of North Michigan Avenue.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: 875 North Michigan Avenue, just inside the lower level lobby that is accessed via the sunken plaza.
 
Kenilworth: North Route
Kenilworth: North Route
Walk Kenilworth's leafy streets, learn the history of the village, view its earliest houses and see other fine examples of residential architecture that were designed between 1893 and the mid-1920s by distinguished Chicago architects.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Meet at the Kenilworth Railroad Station at Green Bay Road and Kenilworth Avenue
 
Kenilworth: South Route
Kenilworth: South Route
Kenilworth, the youngest and smallest community on the North Shore, remains today much as it was conceived by its founder, Joseph Sears, in the late 1880's. His dream was to establish a planned community reminiscent of a small English village.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Kenilworth Railroad Station at Green Bay Road and Kenilworth Avenue.
 
Kenwood
Kenwood

Experience the neighborhood chosen by Chicago's early industrialists, modern day innovators and the current President of the United States. In the Kenwood historic district discover 19th century mansions, picturesque coach houses and striking contemporary homes, often with lush lawns and landscaping.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Woodlawn Ave. and East Hyde Park Blvd (51st Street)

 
Lake Bluff
Lake Bluff
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.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Lake Bluff Metra Train Station; 600 N. Sheridan Rd, Lake Bluff
 
Lake Forest Cemetery
Lake Forest Cemetery
Experience the Lake Forest Cemetery's park-like setting overlooking Lake Michigan in one of Chicago's most beautiful premier suburbs. Hear stories of Lake Forest's founding and those who made their mark from Civil War to modern times.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Cemetery gate at far north end of Lake Avenue (parallels Lake Michigan) in Lake Forest
 
Lights, Camera, Architecture!
Lights, Camera, Architecture!
Moviegoers around the world will tell you that Chicago is a great place to make a film. The city’s unique built environment has co-starred with characters from Ferris Bueller to Batman, the Untouchables to the Blues Brothers. Tour the sites from these movies and learn how they fit into the larger context of Chicago architecture.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: 401 N. Michigan Avenue, in front of the Jack Brickhouse statue
 
Lincoln Park: From Cemetery to Sculpture Garden
Lincoln Park: From Cemetery to Sculpture Garden
Did you know that Lincoln Park started out as a cemetery back in the mid-1800s? Today, this lakefront park is a favorite recreation destination and, among other things, an outdoor gallery of impressive sculpture. Enjoy a pleasant walk in these beautiful surroundings as we trace Lincoln Park's history and development and also learn the stories behind the statues in the park. Our stops will include the famous monuments to Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant as well as statues honoring such lesser-known figures as G.V. Black and Eugene Field. We'll also see the park's latest addition, the delightful little "Fountain Girl," and we'll visit the refreshing Nature Boardwalk. Join us for a stroll through the park to gain a new appreciation for this Chicago treasure.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Children’s Fountain at Clark Street and North Avenue
 
Logan Square
Logan Square
Walk Logan Boulevard, one of the best preserved sections of Chicago’s Boulevard system. Learn the history of the area and experience a step back into the late 19th Century and early 20th Century Chicago.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: The Illinois Centennial Monument where Logan Blvd, Kedzie Blvd and Milwaukee Ave cross.
 
Louis Sullivan: Lost and Found
Louis Sullivan: Lost and Found
The trailblazing designs of Louis H. Sullivan (1856-1924) prefigured Modern architecture. To honor him, this tour explores his work in the Loop—both standing and fallen. In cooperation with the Art Institute of Chicago, we’ll trace Sullivan’s career and philosophy through surviving works, fragments and relevant sites in the city center. The ticket price includes general admission to the Art Institute (for the tour AND for one additional day).
PRICE: Adults- $31, CAF Members- $18, AIC and CAF members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 South Michigan Avenue
 
Macy's on State: The Legacy of Marshall Field's
Macy's on State: The Legacy of Marshall Field's
This tour explores the construction, development and renovation of this State Street landmark by Daniel Burnham. Trace its history as a renowned retail establishment and discover the century-old great clocks, the lavish Tiffany vaulted ceiling, the Walnut Room and "Charley's Door" on this tour of the original Marshall Field's Department Store. Visit the Stained Glass exhibit from the Smith Museum in the pedway just outside Macy's. This tour is mostly inside, but goes outside for about 15 minutes.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: Macy's, inside the store entrance at 28 E. Washington (near Wabash). The correct door is marked #6 on the wall just above the revolving doors.
 
Magnificent Mile
Magnificent Mile
How did Pine Street—home to factories, saloons and auto dealerships—become the Magnificent Mile, a world-class shopping mecca? Learn how the Columbian Exposition and the 1909 Plan of Chicago inspired the creation of a "Paris on the Prairie" and see an eclectic mix of some of Chicago's tallest buildings as well as architectural designs.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: The John Baptiste Pointe DuSable statue; go to the northeast corner of the Michigan Ave. Bridge near the staircase leading down to river level, 401 N. Michigan Ave.
 
Marquette Building
Marquette Building
The Marquette Building, completed in 1895, is a landmark of timeless architecture, bringing to life Chicago’s early history in an artistic and elegant setting. Learn how the building represents major advancement in skyscraper design and explore interior artistic details including a stunning Tiffany mosaic.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: Inside the building lobby at 140 S. Dearborn St. (northwest corner of Adams and Dearborn)
 
Media Production Center of Columbia College Chicago
Media Production Center of Columbia College Chicago
Discover one of Chicago's newest and most interesting buildings, the Media Production Center at Columbia College, designed by world-renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, winner of a 2011 MacArthur Foundation Fellows Award. During this one hour building tour you will discover how the close working relationship between Columbia and Jeanne Gang resulted in a playful, cutting edge, LEED Gold Certified building which houses state of the art production facilities for film, video, television, and intereactive arts and media. You will learn about the purposes of each part of the building and the impact of the building on the college and the South Loop neighborhood. This building is not open to public except via this tour.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: Media Production Center at 1600 S. State Street
 
Merchandise Mart
Merchandise Mart
Escape back to the Art Deco era on this exploration of the Merchandise Mart of Chicago, once the largest building in the world. The building is a vibrant example of a "city within a city" with shops, restaurants, showrooms, offices, exhibition space and its own elevated transit station.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: The Information Desk in the main lobby of the Mart, located between Wells and Orleans Streets. The lobby is in the center of the building; enter through the main entrance.
 
Mies and Modernism: The IIT Campus Tour
Mies and Modernism: The IIT Campus Tour
The Illinois Institute of Technology is home to the largest group of buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe—the most influential figure in American Modernism. This tour traces the evolution of the campus with a special emphasis on the years 1938-1958—the time during which Mies was the head of the School of Architecture.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Inside Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd Street, northwest corner of 33rd and State Streets
 
Millennium Park Revealed
Millennium Park Revealed
Learn how top architects, artists and engineers collaborated with Chicago’s movers and shakers to transform an ugly railway and parking lot into a park that has thrilled millions and become the envy of cities around the world. Hear the stories and inspiration behind Chicago’s newest icon: Millennium Park.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Modern Skyscrapers (1950s-Present)
Modern Skyscrapers (1950s-Present)
In the years following World War II, Chicago established itself as a world capital of Modern architecture. On this tour we examine many of the buildings that helped earn Chicago this reputation, from the elegant minimalism of Mies van der Rohe’s Federal Center to the brawny expressiveness of the Richard J. Daley Center.
PRICE:Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Modernist Masterpieces: Marina City and the IBM Building
Modernist Masterpieces: Marina City and the IBM Building
Where else but Chicago, can you find two iconic mid-century buildings living side by side? Get the inside scoop on the buildings and their architects, Bertrand Goldberg and Mies van der Rohe. We will compare and contrast the sites, uses, structures, styles, philosophies and more.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1.25 hours
MEET: 35 W. Wacker Dr. (under the overhang between the entrances to Catch 35 and the office lobby)
 
Monadnock Building
Monadnock Building
Tour the world’s tallest commercial building with load-bearing masonry walls, completed in 1893 by Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root, and learn about the transition from masonry to steel frame skyscrapers. The Monadnock brings together Egyptian inspiration, soaring profiles in brick and the best of Chicago School in a balanced and elegant aesthetic beauty.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: Inside the Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson Boulevard, at the north staircase
 
Monroe Building and Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Monroe Building and Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Come discover the Monroe Building--Chicago's architectural gem hidden in plain sight! See its gorgeous façade and amazing Rookwood tiled lobby—both lovingly restored to their 1912 splendor. Then we visit tenant floors to see the offices of IA Interior Architects and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. Please note: the tour is limited to 20 participants. Advance reservations are recommended.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: Lobby of 104 S. Michigan, opposite the elevators
 
Old Town Triangle
Old Town Triangle
No other Chicago neighborhood is like Old Town. Tucked behind highrises and moments from the vast green space of Lincoln Park, this landmark district has a unique history and diversity. We’ll explore homes built immediately after the Great Fire of 1871, a church that survived the Fire and historic homes by legendary architects.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: In front of the Lincoln Park Zoo administration building, 2001 N. Clark Street (Clark Street and Armitage Avenue)
 
Palmer House Hotel
Palmer House Hotel
Experience the glamour, intrigue and excitement of the bygone era of the "Grand Hotel" at the Palmer House. Explore the recently restored public spaces and beautifully renovated guest rooms while learning about the intriguing history of the country's oldest continually operating hotel.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: In the Wabash Avenue lobby (between Monroe & Adams) by the red staircase leading to Potter's Lounge. The Palmer House address is 17 E. Monroe St.
 
Pub Tour: Andersonville
Pub Tour: Andersonville
Get a “taste” of Andersonville—a historically landmarked neighborhood settled by Swedish farmers in the 1850s. See the culture reflected in the classic architecture and thriving establishments as we drop into colorful local pubs for vast selections of local brews.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2.5 hours
MEET: Edgewater Lounge 5600 North Ashland
 
Pub Tour: Lakeview
Pub Tour: Lakeview
Experience the vitality of Lakeview, originally a separate suburban settlement north of Chicago. Lake View Township, organized in 1857, was widely populated by German immigrants and we will see how the German influence is still felt in this community. We will observe other local influences in architecture, retail shops and businesses situated along Belmont Avenue and the surrounding residential neighborhood. Learn about Chicago's earlier "tied house" brewery-funded or brewery-owned bars and see their lasting effects. Participants pay for their own drinks at each stop. Food will be available at our last pub. Come and enjoy Lakeview and raise a glass or two with us!
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2.5 hours
MEET: Belmont L stop (Brown/Red/Purple), street level, inside
 
Pub Tour: River North
Pub Tour: River North
Admire River North’s architecture and explore some of the neighborhood’s favorite watering holes while you learn about Chicago’s role as the center of the brewing industry, the 1850s “beer wars” and more. We’ll visit an Irish pub, an English bar and an adaptively reused warehouse, where you’ll enjoy the skyline from the rooftop tap.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION:
2.5 hours
MEET: Plaza of the American Medical Association Building at the corner of Grand Avenue and State Street (across the street from the Grand Avenue Red line stop).
 
Pub Tour: West Loop
Pub Tour: West Loop
Combining post Chicago-fire buildings with the legends of the Haymarket Riots, Chicago's West Loop will certainly make a lasting impression on you. The Chicago Park District has added green space to this growing community that retains deep roots to the Greek settlers who arrived in this part of Chicago during the wave of early immigration to the United States. Family run businesses continue here interspersed with new and rehabbed housing. Our tour ends in Greektown as we stop at some local pubs along the route.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2.5 hours
MEET: Haymarket Pub, 737 W Randolph St (southeast corner of Randolph and Halsted).
 
Railway Exchange (Santa Fe) Building
Railway Exchange (Santa Fe) Building
Completed in 1904, the Railway Exchange Building features a sumptuous light court, beautiful glazed terra cotta details and a breathtaking grand staircase. It was in this building where Daniel Burnham produced the 1909 Plan of Chicago, where several architecture firms currently have their offices and where the Chicago Architecture Foundation is headquartered.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Reliance Building (Hotel Burnham)
Reliance Building (Hotel Burnham)
Visit this 1894 building that foreshadowed the International Style which developed three decades later. Explore the exterior, interior lobbies and two upper floors of this Daniel Burnham-designed building where much of the original marble, mahogany doors and decorative wrought iron work are still in evidence.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: Main Lobby, 1 W. Washington Street Entrance
 
River North: Transformation of a Neighborhood
River North: Transformation of a Neighborhood
River North has enjoyed a storied history, going from boom to bust and back again. In recent years, it has regained its character and is now home to residents attracted by its unique mix of old and new. Explore an area that boasts gems from its industrial age alongside cutting-edge designs of the 21st century.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: On the plaza at 65 E. Huron (southwest corner of Huron and Rush).
 
Riverfront Deco: A Walking & Trolley Tour
Riverfront Deco: A Walking & Trolley Tour
Art Deco was a popular, modern style whose lavish materials and geometric ornament epitomized the prosperity and optimism of the Roaring 20s. As the city's central business district expanded to, and across, the Chicago River, sumptuous Art Deco office towers replaced factories and warehouses along the riverfront. Ride a trolley to three sites, then disembark to view up-close the soaring exteriors and opulent interiors of these beautiful Deco skyscrapers.
PRICE: Adults- $30, Members- $22
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
NOTE: The tour consists of 30 minutes riding in a trolley and 90 minutes walking. It also includes one flight of stairs.
 
Rookery Building
Rookery Building
Explore both the interior and exterior of one of Chicago’s most famous and beloved historic buildings, the Rookery by Burnham and Root. Venture to the 11th floor for a visit to the architects’ private library—rarely open to visitors.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: In the interior light court at the foot of the grand staircase at the Rookery, 209 S. LaSalle St. (150 W).
 
Sacred Spaces in Downtown Chicago
Sacred Spaces in Downtown Chicago
Chicago's downtown is home to a number of striking and architecturally significant houses of worship. Visit several of these sites, including "the tallest church in the world"—a skyscraper building specifically designed for multiple functions including worship and commercial office space.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 1.5 hours
Meets: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Sculpture in the Loop
Sculpture in the Loop
From the traditional realism of the Art Institute's bronze lions to the sleek modernism of the "Cloud Gate" in Millennium Park, downtown Chicago is filled with great public sculpture. Discover the changing relationships between architecture and sculpture and learn how artists and architects collaborate in creating successful public art.
PRICE: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 South Michigan Avenue
 
Skyscraper Walk Through Time
Skyscraper Walk Through Time
Chicago is known for building some of the world’s first skyscrapers, but how have their designs and technologies changed over time? Explore everything from classic buildings to super-tall highrises to discover how each one is representative of major developments in architectural technology and design from 1872 to the present.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Spanish Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers
Spanish Language: Historic and Modern Skyscrapers
Este tour en español incluye rascacielos históricos y modernos. Seguiremos la historia de los “edificios altos”, partiendo de modelos del siglo XIX hasta llegar a los rascacielos contemporáneos. Descubriremos distintos estilos arquitectónicos, desde el Beaux Arts y la Escuela de Chicago, pasando por el Modernismo de Mies van der Rohe y más allá, y analizaremos estas influencias en la arquitectura de Chicago.
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Streeterville: From Sandbar to Lakefront Residences
Streeterville: From Sandbar to Lakefront Residences
Take a walk along Lake Shore Drive to see the residences of the East Lake Shore Historic District with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan. Learn how the lake shaped the shore line and about a ne’er-do-well tug boat captain who held off the Pinkertons and the city police for almost 30 years while he squatted on a sand bar claiming it as his “District of Lake Michigan.” The buildings along Lake Shore Drive range from the elegance of the 1910s to the modernism of Mies van der Rohe and the post-modern design of Chicago-French architect Lucien LaGrange. Included is a hidden treasure: a tapestry designed by Marc Chagall in plain view in a lobby.
PRICE: Adult- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 1.5 hours
MEET: Meet at the gazebo on the northeast corner of Michigan Ave. and Oak/East Lake Shore Drive, across the street from the Drake Hotel
 
Sullivan Center (Carson Pirie Scott)
Sullivan Center (Carson Pirie Scott)
Celebrate the beauty of Louis Sullivan’s largest commercial commission and learn about the restoration of this landmark department store. This tour looks at Sullivan’s innovative building design, characterized by magnificent ornamental detail.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: Sullivan Office Building entrance at 33 S. State St.
 
Tiffany Treasures in Chicago
Tiffany Treasures in Chicago
Visit four of Chicago’s most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations, each designed and crafted by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. Included are a vault, a rotunda, several domes and light fixtures in four landmark buildings of the late-19th century. The ticket price includes general admission to the Art Institute (for the tour AND for one additional day).
PRICE: Adults- $31, CAF Members- $18, Members of AIC and CAF- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue. Tour ends at Macy’s.
 
Trump International Hotel & Tower
Trump International Hotel & Tower
Completed in 2009, Chicago’s Trump Tower is the second-tallest building in the city. View the building, its plaza and river walk as you learn about its unique architecture and engineering. See why Trump Tower is one of the most highly rated hotels in North America.
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 45 minutes
MEET: The east entrance to Trump Tower. You will find this entrance by approaching Trump Tower from Michigan Avenue, and proceeding west through the plaza between the two parts of the Wrigley Building.
 
Union Station: Icon of a Great Age
Union Station: Icon of a Great Age
Seen everyday by thousands and not really seen! Take the tour of the iconic landmarked Great Hall of Union Station. Learn about the station that was envisioned in Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago. Union Station is one of the great spaces in Chicago that you must experience!
PRICE: Adults- $10, Members- Free
DURATION: 1 hour
MEET: Jackson Street entrance between Clinton and Canal Streets
 
University of Chicago
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 Crossings.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: The front entrance to the University Bookstore, located at the intersection of 58th and Ellis on the west side of Ellis
 
Uptown
Uptown
From the roaring 20’s and Prohibition to the present, something interesting is always 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 uses of the entertainment palaces such as the Riviera Theatre, Green Mill, Aragon Ballroom and Uptown Theatre.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Avenue – east entrance (entrance closest to the L tracks)
 
Vice to Nice: Transformation of the South Loop
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: Adults- $17, Members- Free
DURATION: 1.5 hours
MEET: CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Avenue
 
Walk Pilsen
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 through a wide range of commercial, residential, religious and cultural sites that define our city’s progress.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: On 18th Street at the CTA Pink Line station, just west of Paulina Street (1700 West).
 
White City Revisited
White City Revisited
Explore Jackson Park—the site of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 designed by architect Daniel Burnham and landscape designer, Fredrick Law Olmsted. Discover how the swampy marshes were transformed into a fair that was so grand that it continues to be a fascination more than a century later.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: In the parking lot south of the Museum of Science & Industry. From Lake Shore Drive turn on Science Dr. & go left on Columbia Dr. Proceed to west end of lot.
 
Wicker Park
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 styles from Victorian mansions to historic commercial districts and working-class housing.
PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- Free
DURATION: 2 hours
MEET: The statue of Charles Wicker inside Wicker Park a few steps west of the Fountain
 
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