Chicago Architecture Guide

By Viator, June 2014

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Chicago is famous for its Art Deco and skyscraper architecture, so taking a tour of the Windy City's architectural highs and lows is a great way to get to know the Windy City. The city has fostered landmark modern architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. Marina City, Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building have become icons of the city and of popular culture.

The Chicago School of Architecture pioneered the architecture of skyscrapers. Icons from the Chicago School are revealed on the Historic Loop Skyscrapers walking tour of Chicago's earliest skyscrapers. The prototype of the modern industrial metropolis arose from the charred landscape left by the Great Fire of 1871. Many of Chicago's surviving buildings are the forefathers of the great modern skyscrapers and on this walking tour you will discover the historic beginnings of the Chicago School of Architecture and the earliest skyscrapers, built between the 1870s and the 1930s.

For contrast, follow up with the Modern Loop Skyscrapers walking tour of Chicago's modern and post-modern architectural gems. Explore Chicago's international, modern and postmodern movements, from the powerful, minimalist work of Mies van der Rohe to contemporary styles that incorporate new, environmentally-sustainable technology. Classic Art Deco detailing from the 1920s and 30's is the theme on the Downtown Chicago Deco walking tour, and Tiffany on Wednesdays highlights the dazzling stained-glass creations of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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