Historic Treasures of Culture & Commerce Architecture Walking Tour

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Duration: 2h
Location: Chicago, IL 60604, United States | Chicago, United States

Category: Tours & Sightseeing

Iconic structures & renowned architecture of Windy City
Stories about Chicago’s famous architects & urban planners
Chance to see Art Institute of Chicago & Millennium Park
Macy’s at State Street, Sullivan Center & Reliance Building
Volunteer guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Guided walking tour of Chicago architecture
Live tour commentary provided in English


Uncover the Windy City’s exceptional architecture as you stroll between historic department stores, luxurious hotels, and towering office buildings. With a volunteer from the Chicago Architecture Foundation leading the way, explore the work of Chicago’s ambitious architects on this walking tour.

Wander up and down Michigan Avenue and State Street as you explore the charming buildings and parks featured in the Loop, downtown’s vibrant commercial district. Check out the modern sculptures, innovative art installations, and wide lawns of Millennium Park before arriving at the dignified features of the Art Institute of Chicago. Learn how this Beaux-Arts-style structure was built in preparation for the 1893 World’s Fair.

Just before the turn of the century, architects were also busy at work designing Marshall Fields’ newest retail location, now owned by Macy’s. Head over to this this classic example of neo-Renaissance style and admire the iconic bronze clocks at its corners.

Continue on to the Reliance building, whose early adoption of large plate glass windows help earn it a coveted place on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby, at the Sullivan Center, hear stories about famed architect Louis Sullivan before wrapping up your excursion in front of the Palmer House Hilton, a renowned hotel which has been rebuilt 3 times, once after tragically burning down in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Cancellation Policy:
Know before you book: Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

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