- Downtown Chicago Deco
- Learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement
- Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco buildings
- Trace the history of this short-lived but lively architectural heritage
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What You Can Expect
CTA rapid transit stations: (walking distance from the following)
- Adams/Wabash station for the Brown, Green, Orange and Purple Lines
- Jackson/State Station for the Red Line
- Jackson/Dearborn Station for the Blue Line
Walk east on Adams or Jackson to Michigan Avenue. At Adams, turn right (south) on Michigan Avenue.
CTA Bus Lines:
- Take any CTA bus that travels downtown and intersects with (starting from the south) Van Buren, Jackson, Adams, Monroe, Madison, Washington or Randolph. Walk (or connect on a CTA bus) east to Michigan Avenue.
- Free downtown trolley service is provided by the City of Chicago and serves most of Michigan Avenue, the Museum Campus, and Navy Pier and also connects to the train stations. Schedules vary by season.
ArchiCenter is operated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and is located at 224 South Michigan Avenue in the CAF’s Shop & Tour Center across from the Art Institute on the northwest corner of Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue. Open 361 days a year from 9:30am-6:30pm Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-6:00pm Sundays. The ArchiCenter has free galleries and interpretive exhibits as well as a museum shop.
- Chicago's major expressways converge just west of the Loop. Exit at Congress Avenue and proceed east (this is also the eastbound extension of I-290)
- Lakeshore Drive, from Hollywood in the north to Jackson Park in the south, follows the shoreline and is east of downtown. Exit at Bal
Metra operates 11 suburban commuter lines serving downtown Chicago.
- Ending at Union Station just west of the Loop and south of the Ogilvy Transportation Center: Heritage Corridor Line, North Central Service, Southwest Service, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Milwaukee District North&West Lines.
- Ending at the Ogilvy Transportation Center (formerly the Northwestern Train Station) just west of the Loop and north of Union Station: Union Pacific North Line, Northwest Line and West Line. From these two stations it is a 20 minute walk east to Michigan Ave, or take a #20 or #56 eastbound CTA bus on Jackson Boulevard, or connect with the free trolley shuttle.
- Ending at the LaSalle Street Station: The Rock Island District Line. Walk east on Van Buren to Michigan and then north on Michigan to Jackson.
- Ending at the Randolph Street Station: The Metra Electric Line and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (South Shore Line). Get off at the Van Buren/Jackson Station (the stop before the end). From here, walk one block north on Michigan Avenue to Jackson.
Wonderful, informative tour. Saw incredible Art Deco buildings and architectural details. Very nice and interesting tour guide too!
Very informative and ethtetical. Very good guide. Highly recommended to interested people.
The tour was very interesting---the docent, Angela, was very informative and energetic. Learned a lot about Art Deco in general as well as got to see lots on interesting examples in the city. The tour was a nice length as well. Highly recommended!
Wow! A great walk that really helped me understand art deco - highly recommended
Amazing! This is an amazing tour! Our tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable!
This was a fantastic walking tour. Our guide was delightful and the outside and inside of the buildings we went into were quite spectacular. Highly recommend!
the guide is helpful and informative. It's a special experience for us to immerse in the Art Deco Architecture by walking through these fantastic building.
The docent was very knowledgeable, friendly and open to answering any question. Practical use of headset technology. Great value!
The tour was everything we hoped for. We saw excellent examples of Deco architecture in one of the coolest cities in the country. Our guide, Barbara, was excellent and very informative. She definitely had some "connections" (definitely legal!!!) that allowed us to see some things that the general public may not be able to see. I would rate this tour a 10!
GLYN R United Kingdom
Informative the guide did a great job