Self-Guided Audio Tour by the Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Duration: 2h
Location: CAF Shop & Tour Center, 224 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604, United States | Chicago, United States

Category: Tours & Sightseeing

Chance to see city's architectural icons at your own pace
Audio-guide to learn about famed architects & urban planners
Intriguing examples of minimalism, modernism & postmodernism
Up-close look at remarkable skyscrapers such as Willis Tower
Walking to work of architects like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Self-guided tour of architecture along the Loop
Map in the language booked with architectural landmarks.


Examine the rise of Chicago's skyline as you wander between stunning modernist structures and minimalist skyscrapers on a fascinating tour. With a personal listening device and your choice of the Historic Downtown or Modern Skyscrapers tour, explore the city's architectural icons at your own pace.

From the city center, embark on a walking 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 J. Daley Center.

On the Modern Skyscrapers tour, listen to stories about the post-war building boom of the '50s and '60s. This surge created structures such as Marina City—with its scalloped silhouette—and the Inland Steel Building, completed in 1957 and dubbed an official Chicago Landmark.

On the Historic Downtown audio tour, learn about the late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings of Michigan Avenue and State Street. Ranging from museums and department stores to skyscrapers and concert halls, the icons include the Reliance Building, the Sullivan Center, and the Chicago Cultural Center with startling originality and charming interiors.

You may wish to pause your audio tour for lunch. Then jump back in and appreciate 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 before returning your audio device.

Cancellation Policy:
Know before you book: Pick-up the personal listening device any time on the day you reserved and tell the box office which tour you would like at that time., The tour is at your own pace; however, the device must be returned on the same day that it is picked up., Pick up your audio device after 9 AM and return it before 6 PM.

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