Perhaps Chicago's most identifiable claim to fame resides in its architecture. 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.
- Historic Chicago Loop Skyscrapers
- See Chicago architecture
- Guided walking tour through historic Chicago - see the earliest skyscrapers, built between the 1870s and the 1930s
- Learn about the architects who influenced the city's architecture
Recent Photos of this Tour
Historic Chicago skyscraper: ...Photo by: Anonymous12 2011
View of Chicago from John ...Photo by: David WUnited Kingdom, 10 2010
Trump TowerPhoto by: David WUnited Kingdom, 10 2010
Chicago SkylinePhoto by: David WUnited Kingdom, 10 2010
Light court in The RookeryPhoto by: David WUnited Kingdom, 10 2010
Marquette Building MosaicPhoto by: David WUnited Kingdom, 10 2010
Marquette buildingPhoto by: David WUnited Kingdom, 10 2010
The tour features numerous buildings in Chicago's Loop that were built in this era, including:
- Chicago Board of Trade Building, one of the city's finest examples of Art Deco architecture
- The Auditorium Building, a Louis Sullivan masterpiece
- The Rookery, a National Historic Landmark
Learn about the architects who influenced the city's architecture and view their creations on this guided walking tour, sampling Chicago's rich past. As they say in Chicago, "The City is Our Museum" so come walk with the experts!
Reviewed by Ann U, May 2013
Our guide was a wealth of information. Being a Chicago native, I've seen these buildings many times, but found out so much more about them. There were many that I've never been inside of and I was truly amazed.
Reviewed by KP B, April 2013
I really enjoyed this tour! It's so interesting to learn the history behind these skyscrapers. Our tour guide was so passionate about his city and it was really infectious. It was also interesting to know that they don't get paid to take the tours, so they do it purely for the passion and interest. I would recommend this tour and add in the Modern Skyscraper tour if you have time.