Chicago Architecture Center Walking Tours | Free Stuff
Chicago is known around the world for its architecture and the CAC’s expert docent guides will tell you the stories behind the buildings. Visit iconic skyscrapers, elegant hotels or cultural icons on one of our walking tours. These 1-1.5 hour tours dive into the hidden histories of buildings you see every day!

Must-See Chicago Must-See Chicago is a fast-paced, 90-minute introductory tour to Chicago featuring some of its most famous buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Willis (Sears) Tower, the Chicago Theatre and more! Get a brief overview of more than a dozen buildings—as well as Chicago landmarks like Millennium Park, the Loop and the Chicago River—on this whirlwind tour. There are lots of photo opportunities along the way, so be sure to bring your camera!

Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time Want a quick introduction to Chicago’s magnificent architecture? This 90-minute tour takes a comprehensive look at the city’s architectural history by viewing buildings in chronological order, from early skyscrapers to new supertall high rises. On this tour, you'll learn about the city's beginnings on the Chicago River, its rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and its development into a commercial and cultural hub, all while viewing structures in the order they were built. These buildings—including the Page Brothers Building, Old Dearborn Bank, the Chicago Motor Club, the Carbide and Carbon Building, NBC Tower and more—tell the story of how architectural technology evolved over time.

Mid-Century Modern Looking for iconic Mid-Century Modern architecture? What better place than Chicago with its triumvirate of modern architects (Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg and SOM) and a city ready and willing to accept them. Find out what set these buildings apart from their predecessors and how they helped set the stage for the future. If you’re interested in iconic buildings, public art, urban planning or government this is your tour. Find out the stories behind inland steel, Marina city, the IBM building and other "Mad Men" worthy skyscrapers.

The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people to discover why design matters. The Center features two floors of exhibits filled with super-sized models—and views—of iconic skyscrapers built over the course of more than a century. Exhibitions include the largest scale model of Chicago, with more than 4,250 miniature buildings and a cinematic backdrop animating amazing stories of the city.

The Fine Print: We are giving away ten pair of tickets good until November 30. Walking Tour tickets are not redeemable in whole or part for cash. Tickets are only valid for Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time, Must-See Chicago, and Mid-Century Modern and subject to availability. Winners must redeem tickets in person or by calling the CAC Box Office at 312.922.TOUR. By visiting the Chicago Architecture Center you acknowledge and accept the CAC’s COVID-19 safety policies.


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