Chicago Loop and Pedway Architecture Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Chicago

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Venture inside famous and lesser known Chicago landmarks, elegant lobbies, and underground corridors on this 2-hour walking tour. Your expert guide will use an educational dynamic to share insights about interior architectural features of this design-rich city — from mosaic domes to the sprawling Chicago Pedway System — bringing the details of the Windy City into vivid focus. Stop to admire Chase Tower, the former Marshall Field and Company Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, and more, including public art by Picasso and mosaics by Tiffany.
Set out in the morning or afternoon along this central business district, home to many of the city’s iconic structures. Expect to cover a half mile (0.8 km) during an easy 2-hour stroll with plenty of stops to focus on the visual experience of downtown Chicago and get in-depth perspectives on its history. Enter into a church in a skyscraper, and slip inside the former Marshall Field and Company Building for a glimpse of the Tiffany & Co–designed ceiling decorating the atrium. Pass through the contemporary shopping and dining complex of Block 37 on State Street, and see the untitled 50-foot-tall (15-meter) Picasso sculpture at Daley Plaza. Along the way, learn about the Windy City’s art history and architectural design with your expert tour guide, and view archival images of Chicago with maps, historic photos, and documentary video clips on shared ipads. You’ll also maneuver through the Chicago Pedway System — a network of climate-controlled underground concourses, passages and sky-bridges that connects buildings throughout downtown. Your tour concludes at the Chicago Cultural Center, a Chicago Landmark building completed in 1897 and originally the city’s first central public library. Peer up at the marvelous stained glass dome before making your way to your next destination.

What’s included

  • Professional guide
  • Color map of the Chicago Pedway system
  • Use of ipads with historic photos and videos
  • Special gifts

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Instant Confirmation
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