Modern Skyscrapers Walking Tour by the Chicago Architecture Foundation
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Location: Chicago, IL 60604, United States | Chicago, United States
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Up-close look at Chicago’s remarkable modern skyscrapers
Intriguing examples of minimalism, modernism & postmodernism
Work of architects including Helmut Jahn & Mies van der Rohe
Willis Tower, Marina City & the Art Institute’s Modern Wing
Volunteer guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Guided architectural tour of Chicago
Live tour commentary provided in English
Examine the rise of Chicago’s skyline as you wander between stunning modernist structures and elegant minimalist skyscrapers on this fascinating architectural tour. With a volunteer from the Chicago Architecture Foundation leading the way, uncover the newest buildings in the Windy City.
From the city center, embark on a tour through the Loop, downtown’s bustling center and home to the headquarters of major industrial companies and financial institutions. Investigate the minimalist stylings of the Kluczynski Federal Building to get a taste of famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s style or gaze at the rusting façade of the Richard Daley Center.
Listen to your guide share stories about the post-war building boom of the '50s and '60s that created structures like Marina City—with its scalloped silhouette—and the Inland Steel Building, completed in 1957 and now dubbed an official Chicago Landmark.
Stroll by the biggest buildings on the block with a stop at the 1,450-foot (442-m) Willis Tower and check out the skyline’s most recent addition with an up-close look at the gleaming Trump International Hotel and Tower. End your day reflecting on the confluence of old and new with a final walk by the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing, whose bright exterior beckons to art-loving passersby.
Know before you book:
Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
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