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University of Chicago Campus Architecture Walking Tour

Explore the beautiful Collegiate Gothic grounds of the University of Chicago campus.

Discover how beautiful landscape design and world-class architecture create an inspiring academic environment for one of the top universities in the world on the University of Chicago Campus Architecture Walking Tour. Two of our Chicago Detours tour guides are alums of the University of Chicago. So we love sharing all the rich history and architecture of the campus with others. Your private group can also commission us to create a customized tour of the University and Hyde Park.


This tour on Chicago’s South Side explores the University of Chicago campus, full of beautiful, ivy-covered Collegiate Gothic buildings. They represent the rich history to go with that academic environment. Indeed, the University of Chicago has had more Nobel Prize Laureates officially affiliated with it than any other institution.

This University of Chicago campus architecture walking tour can also be customized to include vehicle transport, such as sedan or coach. That way your private groups can experience a South Side tour, exploring the Hyde Park neighborhood, historic Washington Park, and see President Obama’s house. Additionally if our architecture tour is via car, we could visit the Washington Park Arts Incubator, created by the Arts+Public Life department at the University of Chicago.

Half of our tour guide team with Chicago Detours are graduates of the University of Chicago. We love sharing the incredible historic and contemporary architecture of the campus on this private architecture walking tour.


Who wants to listen to a volunteer tour docent rambling a bunch of memorized dates and names? Not us! Our expert Chicago tour guides are highly trained, smart, fun and passionate about Chicago architecture and history.

In business since 2010, we are proud to be a top-rated Chicago tour company with five-stars on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Many of our Chicago architecture walking tours integrate historic bars, food, and music history. We hope you’ll join us to explore stories and places locals don’t even know, both downtown and in Chicago neighborhoods!

As you look into Chicago private group tour options, this quick guide may help you decide if Chicago Detours is the best tour company for your special event. Please call us at 312.350.1131 to book your private group Chicago neighborhoods tour with us.


2 Hours


.75 mile


  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House
  • The "Quad" and its Arboretum
  • Helmut Jahn's Mansueto Library
  • The Oriental Institute
  • Stunning Interior Architecture of Rockefeller Chapel
  • Spectacular architectural view from Logan Arts Terrace

Stories & Ideas

  • University history and culture
  • Collegiate Gothic campus architecture
  • The first sustained nuclear reaction
  • Adventures in archaeological explorations
  • The “brutal” in brutalist architecture
  • Historic Chicago park design

Tour Includes

  • Engaging tour guide commentary
  • Entrance into Rockefeller Chapel and Oriental Institute
  • Special gifts

Tour Location

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