Chicago is recognized as a leader in Modern architecture, a style that revolutionized our visual world during the mid-20th Century. View iconic Modern skyscrapers during this walking tour. On this tour, you'll encounter famous skyscrapers by Modernism pioneers like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg and Harry Weese. We will also enjoy superb views of Chicago’s riverfront. Highlights include Marina City, the Daley Center and the IBM Building.Note: Ticket price includes admission to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour.
By the middle of the 20th century, architects trained in the tenets of Modernism began to experiment with new materials and forms. Their buildings featured technical precision, an expressed structure and a lack of ornamentation. But rather than just the “skin and bones” architecture advocated by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Mid-Century Modern buildings often used sculptural curved forms and fewer 90 degree angles than the International Style buildings that predated them.Architects experimented with poured concrete, rather than just steel and glass, and used various prefabricated methods of construction. Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City is one such example.Characteristics include: • Organic forms inspired by nature • Clean lines • No applied ornamentation • Innovative uses of glass • A mixture of various materials