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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers

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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Explore the Loop's famous architecture during this 2-hour walking tour with an expert guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Discover the beginnings of the Chicago School of Architecture through visits to some of the city's oldest skyscrapers, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This sophisticated, informative tour is a must-do for history and architecture buffs.
  • Historic Chicago Loop Skyscrapers
  • See Chicago architecture
  • Guided walking tour through historic Chicago - see the earliest skyscrapers, built between the 1870s and the 1930s
  • Learn about the architects who influenced the city's architecture
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Narration by a professional and certified Guide
Historic walking tour of Chicago's architecture
Food and drinks
Coat check
Storage for luggage and strollers

Departure Point

410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA

This tour meets at 410 S. Michigan Ave., outside the Fine Arts Building.

Return Details

53 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604, USA

Monadnock Building. Actual ending location may vary.

Meet your expert guide at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, located on Michigan Avenue across from the Art Institute. (See Itinerary section below for detailed directions). Stroll through the Loop area, stopping at multiple buildings and listening to engaging commentary from your guide. You'll see some of the city's earliest skyscrapers, dating from the 1870s to the 1930s. Learn about the architects who influenced the city's aesthetics and how the buildings shaped the city's culture. 
Visit the following buildings, among others:
• The Rookery, a National Historic Landmark
• The Auditorium Building, a Louis Sullivan masterpiece
• Chicago Board of Trade Building, one of the city's finest examples of Art Deco architectureYour tour ends back at its departure point after 2 hours.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fine Arts Building
Meet here to start the tour.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Auditorium Building
View the building from the outside
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Rookery Building
View the building from the outside
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chicago Board of Trade Building
View the exterior of the building
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Marquette Building
View the building from the outside
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Monadnock Building
View the exterior of the building
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chicago Architecture Center
This building is not directly part of the tour, however, the tour ticket includes admission to the galleries at the Chicago Architecture Center
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour will depart from the Fine Arts Building, 410 S Michigan Ave.
  • Tour Guides are trained and certified by the CAC. As volunteers, they are exceptionally motivated, enthusiastic, and capable interpreters of Chicago's world-class architectural legacy. CAC tours are the real deal - narrated, but not scripted, led by Chicago enthusiasts.
  • Not recommended for young children.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The Chicago Architecture Center or CAC (formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, CAF) is at the south end of the Magnificent Mile near the intersection of Michigan and Wacker.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Chicago Architecture Center
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers.

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Wonderful
Theresa_S
, Sep 2021
Chicago is a beautiful city - but walking and listening to the history and the builders and designs make Chicago even more beautiful! Our guide was very knowledgeable and wonderful.
star-5
amazing city and amazing architecture...
Liza D
, Apr 2018
amazing city and amazing architecture. Did this tour on sunday, and some buildings were closed.
star-5
If you are in any way interested in...
Martin K
, Sep 2017
If you are in any way interested in architecture and particularly Art Deco, this is a must do tour. Our guide was passionate about the subject, and showed us some absolute masterpieces. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
star-4
A little disappointing in the boring...
Stefan John W
, Sep 2017
A little disappointing in the boring facts -- and or lack of Modern Chicago far mire interesting ----
star-5
WOW!! What a wonderful tour.. The...
Carolyn N
, Aug 2017
WOW!! What a wonderful tour.. The Guide was outstanding and kept us all so interested!! So worth the money...
star-5
The docent was great. Highly suggest...
Elizabeth M
, Aug 2017
The docent was great. Highly suggest this tour if you have a limited time in chicago like I did (
star-5
Audrey was a fantastic tour guide! She...
Jennifer P
, Apr 2017
Audrey was a fantastic tour guide! She really had insight into the buildings and was knowledgeable about Chicago architecture in general. This tour was definitely worth the time and money.
star-5
Excellent! Our tour guide, Angela...
Betsy W
, Apr 2017
Excellent! Our tour guide, Angela Platt, was wonderful. She had a lot of knowledge about all of the buildings. We learned things about the different styles of architecture and she took us in the buildings and pointed out the inside and the styles inside. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Wonderful! Learned a lot. The Chicago...
enlin P
, Nov 2016
Wonderful! Learned a lot. The Chicago Architectural Foundation's volunteer docents are amazing! Go for it!!
star-5
This was an amazing tour. Our guide was...
Desiree W
, Oct 2016
This was an amazing tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and shared so much information that we could not have gotten from a book. It was a happy end to my Chicago conference! Desiree Woodland, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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