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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.
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    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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    Modern Architecture Walking Tour

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    Explore Chicago's international, modern and postmodern movements, from the powerful, minimalist work of Mies van der Rohe's to contemporary styles that incorporate new, environmentally-sustainable technology. A great two hour tour for architecture buffs, as well as anyone with a simple interest in the buildings of Chicago. Learn about post-WWII developments and the impact of technological and zoning changes. Admire the stainless steel cladding on the Inland Steel Building, the whimsical post-modern designs of the Harold Washington Library and 190 S. LaSalle, and contemporary buildings like One South Dearborn, Blue Cross-Blue Shield and the Art Institute's Modern Wing. Isn't about time you learned a little more about the city you live in?
    Modern Architecture Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Explore the international, modern, and postmodern architectural movements that hit Chicago
    • Learn about post-WWII developments and the impact of technological and zoning changes
    • Admire the whimsical designs of famous Chicago structures
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    Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks Walking Tour

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    Ever hear of Tiffany Glass? Hope so. You've probably heard about their bracelets. This tour explores the art glass designed, crafted or installed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries, in four late 19th Century Chicago landmarks: The Art Institute, The Marquette Building, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy's on State Street. Discover mosaics, lighting fixtures, vaults and domes, as well as the buildings in which they are housed, recent restoration efforts, and the history behind this dramatic art form. Become familiar with an even more luxurious side of Tiffany's.
    Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Enjoy the art glass designed, crafted, or installed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company
    • Explore The Art Institute, The Marquette Building, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy's on State Street
    • Discover mosaics, lighting fixtures, and the history behind this dramatic art form
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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

    111 E Wacker Dr, 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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    Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour

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    Before the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Lincoln Park was home to German and Polish immigrants, but since the fire only reached the edge, it grew with the "worthy families" who had been forced out of downtown. On this guided walking tour, learn about the fascinating history of Lincoln Park, and how it has become a cultural center and youthful area with nearby DuPaul University and Notebaert Nature Center! Explore the dark side of this neighborhood beyond its beautiful scenery and collegiate history, including the bloody gang killings on Valentines Day and the capture and eventual death of the infamous Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger. Stop by at the Wise Fool's pub before ending your night with passes to the Kingston BLUES club for a fully encompassing Chi-town experience!
    Lincoln Park and Gangster Tour

    2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago

    • Learn about the fascinating history of Lincoln Park on this informative guided walking tour
    • Explore a cultural center and youthful area of Chicago with nearby DuPaul University
    • Follow your expert guide to hear about the Valentines Day massacre and the death of the infamous John Dillinger
    • Stop by at the Wise Fool's pub, and end your night with passes to the Kingston BLUES club
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    Vogue

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    Unleash your inner diva! First pioneered by the gay African American and Latino communities of New York City in the 1970s, the vogue style of dance combines fluid movement and the attitude of a runway model. Feel your fierce side run wild in a flurry of creative expression that uses dance as its medium of choice. Learn the gestures, poses, and movements of this revolutionary dance style. The accompanying house and electronic music will provide the perfect soundtrack for your newfound confidence. After you make your first steps into art of voguing, strike a pose, because with these moves, you'll surely be ready to impress!
    Vogue

    4140 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago

    • Learn the gestures, poses, and movements of the Vogue dance style
    • Embody the stylish and pop-culture inspired dance that has pushed cultural boundaries
    • Uncover the vocabulary of a fierce form of physical expression
    • Let loose and unleash your inner diva
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    Signature Scent Creation

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    What if you had your own signature scent... that wasn't considered B.O.? (ZING!) Oh, jeez. That was bad. Let's start over: Did you know that the art of smell comes in three notes, much like that of a musical chord? You'll learn this and many other interesting facts if you take this smell-worthy workshop! In this lushly scented class, you'll be guided through the nuances of creating a perfume. With the help of paper strips, you'll find your favorite scents while discovering compatible scents that speak to YOU. *Ah.* How refreshing!
    Signature Scent Creation

    2110 N Halsted St, Chicago

    • Create your own uniquely-crafted fragrance and then take it home with you!
    • Test a variety of scent combinations as you create one that speaks to you
    • Receive guided instruction through scent-making from an experienced perfumer
    • Get your smell game going strong!
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