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Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers

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Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings in this 2 hour tour. Learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement, and trace the history of lively architectural heritage.
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You'll start at
Chicago Architecture Center
111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USAMeet at the Chicago Architecture Center at 111 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601
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    Chicago Architecture Center
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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  • 2
    Carbide and Carbon Building
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 3
    Merchandise Mart
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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    Chicago Motor Club Hampton Inn
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL 60654, USAEnd at Merchandise Mart: 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
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Highlights
  • View the Chicago Board of Trade building, a National Historic Landmark 
  • See Chicago architecture from the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s 
  • Go inside buildings lobbies to view art deco design flourishes 
  • Get insight from your guide into prominent architects of the time
What to Expect
Make your own way to the central meeting point on South Michigan Avenue to start your architecture-focused walking tour. Learn from your guide about art deco, a design movement that developed in the 1920s and 30s, and a later iteration, art modern. Art deco design can be found in everything from architecture to furniture and from luxury objects to mass-produced goods. On the tour, see landmarks such as the Chicago Board of Trade building, with art deco flourishes both inside and out. Architecture buffs can deepen their knowledge of art deco style on this tour and learn new information even when visiting buildings that may be familiar from other tours. Expect to walk at a leisurely pace with frequent stops to examine exteriors and interiors from the heyday of the art deco and art moderne movement.
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Departure Point
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Inclusions
  • Walking tour of Downtown Chicago Art Deco architecture
  • Narration by a professional and certified Guide
  • Admission to the Galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center
  • Entry/Admission - Chicago Motor Club Hampton Inn
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Storage for luggage or strollers
  • Coat check
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Chicago Architecture Center or CAC (formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, CAF) is at the south end of the Magnificent Mile near the intersection of Michigan and Wacker. Open 361 days a year.
  • Tour Guides are trained and certified by the CAC. As volunteers, they are exceptionally motivated, enthusiastic, and capable interpreters of Chicago's world-class architectural legacy. CAC tours are the real deal - narrated, but not scripted, led by Chicago enthusiasts
  • Not recommended for young children
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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No, we didn't consider the weather when we booked the tour, and our guide seemingly was unaffected. Excellent introduction to Art Deco with explanations about the uniqueness and symbolism. We will look at the Chicago skyline and facades differently now.
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Excellent tour. Betsy did an excellent job of explaining Art Deco, weaving it into a narrative which included history and and amusing anecdotes. Definitely not to be missed.
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Response from ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us!
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This tour was very informative. We really enjoyed viewing both the inside and outside of great buildings. It is amazing how we could live in Chicago all our lives and yet we continue to learn about our beautiful and fascinating city. Our guide, Betsy, was friendly,
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Response from ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us!
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Chicago has such a rich history and a great collection of architectural treasures and this CAC tour was a fun way to learn more about buildings that we see every day. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone was able to hear all the great details and answer
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Response from ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us!
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We really enjoyed this tour! The tour guide was very informative and the amount of walking and viewing was just right. It was a great way to learn something about the history of Chicago as well as the history of architecture, and we would never have gone inside some of these
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Response from ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us!
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Great tour!
This tour was excellent. Mark was a wonderful tour guide. Despite the cold, windy and sometimes snowy weather, the
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Pedway tour by Roy was great!!!
Pedway is fascinating and Roy's stories and pictures were a real treat. Thanks for another great tour. Think
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Thomas M
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Thoughtful itinerary with high educational merit
This 3.5 mile bus and walk tour introduced us to familiar architectural treasures in Chicago from Hyde Park Robie
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MikeWJ14
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A tour even for a citizen enjoy
Our tour guide was Jan Elson. Both Jan and our driver delivered a memorable experience and to be clear, while
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Bonnie D
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Check out the "hidden" pedway in Chicago!
There are so many great tours offered by the Architecture Center. We chose the Illinois Center pedway tour
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Karen S
Solon, Ohio
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Enthusiastic Guide and Beautiful Sites Even in Freezing Temperatures
No, we didn't consider the weather when we booked the tour, and our guide seemingly was unaffected. Excellent
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domanicojm
Chicago, Illinois
52
Tiffany Treasures
On Dec 17th myself and a friend went to a Chicago Architecture Center walking tour exploring the Tiffany Treasures
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jphhall
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Excellent Tour!
A terrific 2 hours of seeing a host of historic buildings in downtown Chicago. The tour guide (Elizabeth)
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Cosmopolitan452811
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Excellent Tour and Tour Guide
We took the tour the Saturday before Christams and it was a nice small group. The guide was excellent -
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Johnsculptor
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Spectacular tour
We spent a couple of hours in the company of a wonderfully knowledgeable and personable volunteer from the
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Marietta M
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Art Deco riverfront
Excellent tour. Betsy did an excellent job of explaining Art Deco, weaving it into a narrative which included
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