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    Architecture of the Loop Walking Tour

    Get an in-depth look at Chicago Loop architecture on a walking tour that takes you inside landmark buildings in the design-rich city. Appreciate the interiors of the Marshall Fields Building, Chase Tower, Chicago Cultural Center and more, plus see public art by Chagall and Picasso. Stroll through elegant lobbies, under glittering domes and into the sprawling network of Chicago Pedway tunnels. Your expert guide shares insights about the city's diverse architectural styles and history, bringing the details of the Windy City into vivid focus. Your tour starts out as you meet your guide at Chase Tower to start your exploration of the Loop's interior architecture. Expect to walk a half mile (0.8 km) during an easy 2-hour walking tour with plenty of stops. Your guide shares expertise in architecture, design, art history and history, and provides participants with iPads that show archival images such as maps, historic photos and documentary video clips. Walk through the Marshall Field's Building, where you'll see famous elements of this iconic edifice, including its beautiful atrium and a Tiffany & Co-designed mosaic ceiling. Ponder the design of the very modern Block 37 complex, situated in the heart of the Loop at a trend-setting location where the city's first skyscrapers and supermarkets were built. See the extensive public plaza, which sits at the geographic center of the Chicago Loop and features Marc Chagall's Four Seasons mural. Admire another famous piece at Daley Plaza: the untitled Chicago Picasso sculpture, which stands 50 feet (15 meters) tall and was the Windy City's first piece of public art. Look at the city through the lens of the Chicago Pedway system -- a network of ground-level concourses, tunnels and bridges that connects buildings throughout Chicago's central business district. Discover how to maneuver through the Pedway and find your way from underneath the downtown. Your tour concludes at the Chicago Cultural Center, a landmark building where you see a magnificent stained glass dome. It was completed in 1897 and originally was Chicago's first central public library. Afterward, say farewell to your guide and make your way to your next destination.
    Architecture of the Loop Walking Tour

    10 S Dearborn St, Chicago

    • Enjoy a guided tour of Chicago's breathtaking architecture
    • Visit the trend-setting Block 37 complex, home of the city's first skyscrapers
    • See the stunning mosaic ceiling of the Marshall Field's building
    • Explore the Pedway system, a network of tunnels and concourses between buildings
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    Badass Bitches Tour

    We’re not trying to spill any (bean)s, but widespread feminism is still not a reality- especially in the art and museum world! Join a group of badass females, and take a guided tour of The Art Institute of Chicago. Celebrate the female artists who broke barriers to have their art noticed, while also learning about the women artists who the patriarchy sought to keep oppressed! Make friends, fall in love with new art, and most importantly, chip away at the patriarchy. The future of art is female!
    Badass Bitches Tour

    111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Embark on a female focused tour of The Art Institute of Chicago
    • Learn about brilliant female artists left out of history books
    • Spend two hours celebrating women and their art
    • Join the growing feminist art revolution
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    Pedway Brunch Tour (Winter)

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    Bacon, breakfast, and beer. Sounds like the three B's to brunch. Let's be real, what's better than starting a Saturday in this fashion? On your way to brunch, you'll trek through Chicago's intricate Pedway system, listening to stories about the city's moments of jubilation and tragedy. From there, you will head to Houlihans for a scrumptious lunch buffet, featuring eggs, fruit, and bacon. After your meal, you'll continue your walk through the Pedways, fit with entertaining stories and some fast calorie-burning. Can you taste Chicago yet?
    Pedway Brunch Tour (Winter)

    221 N Columbus Dr, Chicago

    • Listen to the entertaining stories behind Chicago's history and architecture as you travel through the Pedway
    • Indulge in a delicious brunch buffet at Houlihans
    • Relax and learn about Chicago's infamous characters, including the architects, millionaires, and politicians that built this city
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    Winter Loop Tour

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    Remember, it's called the Windy City for a reason! You will need to bundle up for this winter tour of the Loop -- you'll be spending about half of the time outdoors looking up at the largest concentration of skyscrapers, and the other half inside ogling exquisite public buildings and lobbies. Delight in the detailed history lesson of the Great Fire of 1871 and how the city rose from the ashes to become the impressive collection of businesses and buildings it is today. Sights and topics you will cover on the Winter Loop Tour include, but are not limited to, Block 37, Chicago Theatre, Marshall Fields, The Picasso/Daley Plaza, The L (elevated train), Marquette Building, The Palmer House, and The Great Chicago Fire. See Chicago from a new and truly remarkable perspective!
    Winter Loop Tour

    1 W Randolph St, Chicago

    • Explore the famous Loop in downtown Chicago by foot
    • Behold the massive skyscrapers exhibiting various architectural styles from Victorian to post-modern
    • See the inside of historic buildings like Block 37 and The Chicago Theatre
    • Learn exciting historical facts about this iconic area
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    Loop Highlight Tour

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    Join Free Tours by Foot for the most interesting and informative way to experience Chicago's downtown area called "The Loop"! On this highlight tour, follow your expert local guide through Millennium Park to see the famous sculpture that everyone calls "The Bean" (even though it's not a bean at all!), marvel at the work of Picasso and Chagall that decorates random street corners, and learn about the many fascinating styles of architecture that the city offers. You will find the hidden treasures of Tiffany Glass tucked away in public buildings all while learning the history of how Chicago came to be -- and then how it did it all again after the Great Fire of 1871. Chicago may be known as The Second City, but on this tour you'll discover exactly what makes it first rate!
    Loop Highlight Tour

    1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Explore Chicago's downtown area known as "The Loop"on this interesting and informative guided walking tour
    • Follow your expert guide through Millennium Park to see the sculpture that everyone calls "The Bean"
    • Marvel at the work of Picasso and Chagall that decorates street corners
    • Learn how "The Second City"rose from the ashes after the Great Fire of 1871
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    Chicago Pedway Tour

    If you're a history buff and you love learning about the hidden parts of famous cities, this tour of the Chicago Pedway system will tickle your fancy -- regardless if you're a native or a foreigner. Through a mostly indoor tour, you will discover the secret system of pathways throughout downtown Chicago, which today connects over 50 buildings, 40 blocks, and 5 miles of pathways. You will see a ton of beautiful architecture and art while learning about the history of how they got there. On top of that, you'll also be shown some of the best spots for food the city has to offer. During your tour you will view a number of great sites including, but not limited to, The Chicago Theatre, The Marina Towers, The Leo Burnett Lobby, The Thompson Center, City Hall, and The Cultural Center. See Chicago from a new and truly remarkable perspective!
    Chicago Pedway Tour

    175 North State St, Chicago

    • Explore the Chicago Pedway System through a series of mostly indoor tunnels, bridges and paths
    • See famous architecture, art, and pathways such as The Chicago Theatre and The Marina Towers
    • Discover some of the best places to eat in the city with help from your expert guide
    • Learn fun facts about the history of the Pedway
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    Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

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    There's no better way to travel from brewery to brewery than in a Prohibition-era styled barrel bus! Step on the bus through the speakeasy style vertical door to start your one of a kind Chicago Brewery Tour. As you are driven from brewery to brewery, learn about the history of Chicago's beer industry originating in the 1800's. Did you know that Chicago's first mayor owned a brewery? Your guide will provide an entertaining and educational insight of Chicago politics in connection with breweries, and the effect that Prohibition had on the city. Each brewery has its own unique qualities. As you stop at some large and small facilities, you can get the sense of what it was like to step in a brewery back before Prohibition. The best part? You will receive samples of craft beer at each of the three breweries and tour one of the production facilities. Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer along the entire tour. On the production facility tour, learn the step-by-step procedures of brewing and the science behind the process. Please bring your government issued photo ID. Your tour ends at the pickup location.
    Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

    600 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Travel to various breweries in a fun unique Prohibition-era styled barrel bus!
    • Gain a deep educational insight into Chicago politics in connection with breweries
    • Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer
    • Capture these"‹ interesting breweries "‹with great photos as you make one-of-a-kind memories!
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    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour (Sat) *

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    So, of course you don't need a tour of beers, you're already the expert there. But do you need a tour of Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beers? Probably. Kick this walking tour off at a local watering hole, where you'll meet your guide and enjoy your first beer tasting of the day. Then continue the tour around the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, making your way to other locally-owned, off-the-beaten-path establishments. As you walk, you'll hear plenty of stories from your insider guide about Chicago's long history of brewing beer. Along the way, you'll pop into an Irish pub for a creamy pint of Guinness pulled just right by an expert barkeep. Head over to a beer-and-bacon bar to savor a variety of crispy bacon treats paired with your beer tasting. Meet the owner of a specialty beer and wine store, and hear about how he handpicks his collection. And stop by a microbrew pub before walking into a punk rock bar that was established before Prohibition and is known today for its eclectic beer selection and whiskeys. You'll also have the chance to watch a home-brewing demonstration, learning about different beer styles as you take in the aromatic hops and barley. When your tour ends, you'll have plenty of new knowledge about some of Chicago's best places to find a great pint. Whether you're an expert or not, you're going to love this tour. Why? Because, beer.
    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour (Sat) *

    Harrigan's, Chicago

    • Sip your way through Lakeview and Lincoln Park's best beers on a 3-hour walking tour of 2 iconic Chicago neighborhoods
    • Follow your guide to a series of bars and breweries for flights of regional craft brews
    • Raise a glass as you learn how Chicago's immigrant cultures created a proud brewing tradition
    • Experience the bar scene like a local, try a classic Midwestern pairing at a beer-and-bacon bar, and see what's on draft in the Windy City
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    Classic Lake Tours

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    What's the one thing everyone must do in Chicago? Besides eating pizza, you need to see that breathtaking skyline! Traveling along the great Lake Michigan on a cruise vessel, learn about Chicago's colorful history and famous landmarks. You'll enjoy the panorama of Chicago's famous skyline, showcasing all the notable skyscrapers, such as the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower. As you progress down the lake, bare witness to the scenic downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain. For those of you looking for a quick trip that makes the ultimate punch, there's nothing better than heading out on the lake and seeing that irresistible skyline.
    Classic Lake Tours

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Take in the breathtaking views of Chicago's skyline from the calm tides of Lake Michigan
    • Photograph the towering buildings like the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower
    • Travel down Lake Michigan, along the city front, and see bustling downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain
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    Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

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    Chicago was the place during the roaring '20s with speakeasies galore. On this walking tour, you'll discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco, and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings. This two-hour adventure covers the period between the two World Wars, an eclectic design style composed of geometry and simplicity with vibrant colors and simple shapes that celebrate the rise of commerce and technology. This is elegant style and cool sophistication. Trace Chicago's history through Jazz Age architecture, and maybe celebrate with an Old Fashioned!
    Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

    224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s
    • Learn about the history behind the Jazz Deco movement and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings
    • Trace Chicago's history through this architecture
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    16 positive reviews

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