Chicago Architecture Tour
Chicago Architecture Tour
Chicago Architecture Tour

Chicago Architecture Tour

Located at
224 South Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, Illinois 60604
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Chicago Cultural Center Events

Arts and culture enthusiasts can explore Chicago's landmark building dedicated to art, music, and the performing arts. You won't want to miss the free concerts, film screenings, lectures, art exhibits and special events geared towards fostering creativity and preserving the cultural history of the city. Start at the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center, or join a public or private walking tour. You'll be impressed by the 19th-century Beaux Arts-style building, and its stunning Tiffany stained-glass domes.


Admission: All events are free
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Facilities: Landmark Chicago Gallery, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, Exhibit Hall


  • Join a public group tour of the building
  • Catch the ongoing performing arts series
  • Experience Wired Fridays
  • Attend a free film screening
  • Marvel at the two Tiffany stained-glass domes

Chicago Tour Types

It doesn't matter what you're in the mood for, the Chicago Architecture Foundation features dozens of tours for all travel styles. Cruise on bikes, segway or explore the city on foot. For a real adventure, enjoy a leisure boat cruise down the Chicago River.

Featured Events

Each month, the Foundation highlights featured tours and plays host to some of the best educational events in the city. Discover how the city's modern skyscrapers like the Richard J. Daley Center were built, or how the John Hancock Building forever changed the city's skyline.


Q1: Where can I get tickets?

A1: All tour tickets can be purchased at the CAF Shop & Tour Center located at 224 S. Michigan Avenue (the Railway Exchange building). During summers and major tourist seasons, you might want to purchase tickets in advance. Online tickets are available at the website.

Q2: What do I need to know about the River Cruise?

A2: Tickets are $35 for a 90-minute ride. You'll cruise past historic landmarks like the Willis Tower, Tribune Tower, Navy Pier and the Wrigley Building as your knowledgeable tour guide explains the history and design of over 50 buildings. Tours depart rain or shine.

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