Tours

WALF members organize tours designed to deepen appreciation for both historic and contemporary Chicago architecture. Tours frequently feature buildings under construction or recently completed, led by architects involved in the project.

Tours cost $35 for non-members, $25 for members, and $15 for students.

The American Institute of Architects Chicago Office
35 E Wacker Dr Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60601

When: Wednesday, January 25th 10:30AM refreshments, 11:00AM presentation.

Join us to get the behind-the-scenes story of the new AIA Guide to Chicago from its editor, Laurie Petersen.
The AIA Guide is the best portable resource for exploring our breathtaking and dynamic city.
The fourth edition, coming eight years after the previous edition, offers entries on transformative new destinations like the Riverwalk, the St. Regis Chicago and The 606, as well as updated descriptions of Willis Tower and other refreshed landmarks.
Thirty-four maps and more than 500 photos make it easy to investigate almost 2,000 featured sites. A special insert, new to this edition, showcases the variety of Chicago architecture with over 80 full-color images.
Laurie Petersen has spoken about the book on ABC-7 news and at the Chicago Humanities Festival. She gives lectures about architecture throughout the Chicago area and writes for Chicago Architect magazine. She also leads tours at Crow Island School, a National Historic Landmark school in Winnetka and at Chicago’s Charnley-Persky House, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.

About AIA Chicago
The American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago) serves nearly 4,000 architect members in Chicago and is the second largest AIA chapter in the country. AIA Chicago’s mission builds on the city’s architectural legacy by advocating for the profession, sharing knowledge among members, and partnering with communities. It fosters a culture of design excellence for equitable, sustainable places and spaces.

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Any questions? Email us at walfchicago@gmail.com

All money received for unused reservations will be donated to the WALF Scholarships.

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Previous Tour: Cook County Hospital Tour November 27th (1835 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL 60612)

Photos from Previous Tours


Our tours range from historical to contemporary. Six to seven tours are typically scheduled every year. Some previous locations have included:

Lane Tech Murals

Commonwealth Promenade Apartments

Millennium Park Walking Tour

Chicago Cultural Center

Heritage Condos

Garland Court Construction

Bronzeville Bus Tour

Brad Lynch Residence

Krause Music Store

Palmolive Building Renovation

Skybridge Condos

Loyola University Art Museum

Prairie Avenue District: Marshall Field Jr. House/Condo Conversion

Orozco School Mosaics & National Museum of Mexican Art

Vietnam Veterans’ Art Museum

Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago

B’hai Temple

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

Rooftop Garden at Chicago City Hall

Crab Tree Farms

BPAPS Hindu Temple

Harrison Conference Center

St. James Chapel at Quigley Seminary