Evolution of the Skyscraper Walking Tour by the Chicago Architecture Foundaiton
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Location: Chicago, IL 60604, United States | Chicago, United States
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Architectural adventure examining stunning skyscrapers
Guide offers fascinating insight on buildings' backgrounds
Historic Art Institute of Chicago & Monadnock Building
Modern Willis Tower & Trump International Hotel & Tower
Varying architectural styles & technological advancements
Guided walking tour of Chicago skyscrapers
Live tour commentary provided in English
Start with simple stones and end with high-strength steel as you embark on an architectural adventure to track the development of Chicago’s iconic skyscrapers. From stately columns to ostentatious façades, explore the Windy City’s building background from the ground up.
Meet your experienced guide—a volunteer with the Chicago Architecture Foundation—and hit the streets. Step back in time as you stroll up to the Beaux-Arts stylings of the Art Institute of Chicago. Completed in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition, the Institute features elegant stonework and ornate columns that rise above the entrance steps. Nearby, check out the eggplant-colored bricks of the Monadnock Building and find out why this century-old structure underwent a massive renovation in 1938.
Marvel at the early adoption of steel frame technology represented by the Marquette Building’s sturdy frame. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this was one of the first skyscrapers to utilize steel’s superior strength at the turn of the 20th century.
Move on to modern high-rises as you wander in the shadow of the Kluczynski Federal Building and crane your neck to gaze at the Willis Tower, whose 1,451-foot (442-m) height makes it the 12th-tallest building in the world. Hear about the challenges of constructing behemoth buildings as you wrap up your day at the base of Trump International Hotel and Tower, which is full of luxurious condos, fine restaurants, and executive suites.
Know before you book:
Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
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