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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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    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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    26 positive reviews
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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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    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

    224 S Michigan Ave, 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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    16 positive reviews
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    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure (Chicago)

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    Price is for a group of 2-5 people Looking for a way to turn Chicago into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Chicago. Guided from any smartphone, you'll make your way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Answer questions to uncover the next, secret location. The adventure begins river side among the historic buildings and will take you on a journey through historic landmarks. Experience the rich history, beauty of the bountiful public art, as well as the indelible culture of this great city.
    Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure (Chicago)

    320 N Dearborn St, Chicago

    • Compete in a fun, interactive scavenger hunt around the city of Chicago
    • Answer questions and complete challenges to guide you to your next location on the tour
    • Adventure by famous Chicago landmarks such as the Bean and the Magnificent Mile
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    8 positive reviews
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    Loop Interior Architecture Tour

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    Step inside magnificent lobbies, corridors, and the underground Pedway System for an in-depth look at architecture and a personal, cultural approach to experiencing downtown. Great for any time of year, you'll stay indoors for most of the walking tour. Highlights include a historic department store, a skyscraper church, the infamous Block 37, and the sparkling mosaics of the Chicago Cultural Center. You will also engage with photos and video clips on shared iPads, while a live tour guide shares expert commentary on this architectural and historical tour.
    Loop Interior Architecture Tour

    140 S. Dearborn St, Chicago

    • Take an in-depth look at the architectural interiors of several Chicago landmarks
    • Explore the famous underground Pedway system
    • Engage with photos and video clips at each location
    • Uncover Chicago's marvelous history through architecture
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    14 positive reviews
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    Chicago Loop Tour

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    Chicago's not known as "The Second City" because it's behind NYC or Los Angeles. It's the Second City to only one, itself. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago's one of a few city's to top itself. On this walking tour, you'll see the highlights of the Windy City. Feel those Lake Michigan breezes, and quickly understand the where its nickname came from. Along the tour, you will see Chicago's spectacular sights and stroll about the eclectic architecture. Witness the skyline from ground-level, and learn about the many reasons tourists flock here every year. It's the Loop like you've never seen it before!
    Chicago Loop Tour

    425 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Stroll through Chicago's famous Loop
    • See the sterling skyscrapers and travel throughout the cityscape
    • Learn about Chicago's history and its amazing architecture
    • Discover why this city is called "The Second City"
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    12 positive reviews
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    Chicago South Side Food and History Tour

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    "Food should be fun." - Thomas Keller Is your food not fun enough? Try this cool food tour that will take you through Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Englewood, and Bridgeport! You'll get your fill on some of America's best food, and learn a little bit about the food, history, and culture of the area. The neighborhood's history includes stories of mayors, literary giants, politicians, entrepreneurs, musicians, and Barack Obama -- so you know that the tour's got to be interesting! The best part? You'll be driven around by a chef who can teach you all about the history, process, and culture behind the delicious eats! Come get your fun on!
    Chicago South Side Food and History Tour

    455 North Park Drive, Chicago

    • Tour Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Englewood, and Bridgeport and discover its tastes
    • Learn about the South Side's rich history, that includes barons of industry, Blues and Jazz immortals, and more!
    • Taste some of the more scrumptious delights the neighborhood has to offer!
    • Drive around with an experienced chef at the wheel
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    12 positive reviews
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    Architectural Tour

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    Part adventure, part history lesson. If only school had been this fun! This tour will have you paddling through the heart of Chicago as you take on the urban canyon that is the downtown Chicago River. Along the way, your guide will fill you in on the history of the area, pointing out architectural points of interest and other oddities that will make this journey almost as intellectually satisfying as it is visually riveting. All told, you'll spend several leisurely hours on the water, getting a light upper body workout that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and limber. Whether you've never kayaked before or you're an experienced pro, you'll love this intimate introduction to the city's history.
    Architectural Tour

    1220 W LeMoyne Ave, Chicago

    • Kayak across the city on the Chicago River during this energizing adventure tour
    • Learn about the history and architecture of Chicago as you paddle by several famous sites
    • Let a certified instructor show you the ropes during a safe row
    • Feel adrenaline of adventure consume your senses and fuel your sense of wonder
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    28 positive reviews

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