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Architectural Digest sponsors this three-city program of tours "celebrating leading voices in the fields of architecture and design" (the others are being held in LA and New York City). Tickets are available at www.architecturedays.com; advance purchase is required. Proceeds benefit the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Wright Preservation Trust. Details on where to meet, appropriate dress, etc will be provided upon ticket purchase. Call 800-320-2710 for more info.

WEDNESDAY 4

Architecture River Cruise

View "sparkling river vistas as well as the soaring towers of the Chicago Loop." 11 AM-12:30 PM $25

Mies and Modernism

Walking tour of Mies van der Rohe buildings on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus; a reception follows. 1:30-5 PM $25

THURSDAY 5

Architecture River Cruise

See Wed 5/4. 11 AM-12:30 PM $25

Millennium Park

Chicago's newest urban space includes works by architect Frank Gehry and sculptor Anish Kapoor; refreshments at the Park Grill follow the tour. 1:30-3:30 PM $25

Merchandise Mart

See art deco areas of the world's largest commercial building; a reception follows. 5-7:30 PM $25

Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House/University of Chicago Graduate School of Business

Reps from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and from the U. of C. will be on hand for this in-depth tour; a champagne reception inside Robie House follows. 6-8 PM $50

FRIDAY 6

Architecture River Cruise

See Wed 5/4. 11 AM-12:30 PM $25

Downtown Deco

View "the opulent exteriors and interiors of Jazz Deco and Art Moderne" buildings. 1:30-3:30 PM $25

Modern Loop Skyscrapers

The Inland Steel Building and the James R. Thompson Center are featured; complimentary cocktails follow at the W Hotel. 5-7:30 PM $25

SATURDAY 7

Greater North Michigan Avenue The Ransom-Cable House and Saint James Episcopal Cathedral highlight this tour of the Mag Mile and its surroundings; a champagne reception follows at an apartment in a Mies building. 1:30-4 PM $50

"In Extraordinary Company"

Architect Rafael Vinoly discusses his recent commission, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, designed to complement Frank Lloyd Wright's nearby Robie House. The lecture takes place at LuxeHome at the Merchandise Mart. 2 PM $15

SUNDAY 8

Farnsworth House by Bus

See the Mies-designed residence in Plano and check out other buildings along the way; lunch at a B and B is included. 9:45 AM-2 PM $75

Lakefront by Bike

View boat harbors, parks, and "other architectural treasures." Bicycle rental is included, or bring your own. 1:30-3:30 PM $25

MONDAY 9

Architecture River Cruise

See Wed 5/4. 11 AM-12:30 PM $25

Architecture of Culture and Commerce

The Reliance Building, Carson Pirie Scott & Co., and the Chicago Cultural Center are featured. 1:30-3:30 PM $25

Historic Loop Skyscrapers

View the city's "iconic architecture constructed from the 1870s to the 1930s"; complimentary cocktails follow at the Berghoff. 5-7:30 PM $25

TUESDAY 10

Architecture River Cruise

See Wed 5/4. 11 AM-12:30 PM $25

Tiffany on Tuesday

The Tiffany glass-outfitted Art Institute, Marquette Building, Chicago Cultural Center, and Marshall Field's are highlights. 1:30-3:30 PM $25

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