The Picasso Tours

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With Pablo Picasso’s unique, inventive style in all its glory, the aptly named Picasso statue in Chicago was his gift to the city. At 50 feet tall, it stands tall in the plaza in which it was placed. Before its arrival to the city, most of the public art and sculpture was traditional and historic. Picasso’s contemporary structure 
and Cubist design redefined Chicago’s outdoor art and to this day is one of its most beloved pieces of culture. It has become a landmark and meeting spot as well, cementing its significance to the city.

Welded in steel, the massive sculpture features a face and delicate details. Its subject is abstract and up to interpretation (and often, debate by Chicagoans,) complicated by the fact that perception of the piece differs depending on your distance to it. Designed by Picasso in a small model, it was built in the United States at the nearby US Steel Company and made its debut in 1967. It does not 
have a title, which is how it came to be known as simply “The Picasso.”

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The Picasso statue is located in the Richard J. Daley Plaza Civic Center on Washington Street in downtown Chicago’s Loop. It is open to public 24 hours a day, free of charge.
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Address: 50 W Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, USA
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Chicago Holiday Lights Trolley and Christmas Market Tour

Celebrate the holidays in style during this 90-minute excursion, featuring a trolley tour of Christmas lights at some of Chicago's most famous sights, followed by a shopping trip to the German-themed Christkindlmarket. See Lincoln Park, Daley Plaza and Michigan Avenue adorned with lights for the holiday season. Then find something for the important people on your list at the Christkindlmarket, a German-tinged Christmas offering unique gifts and fun-filled activities for the whole family.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$28.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago Grand Half-Day Tour

Get the perfect introduction to the wealth of sights in the Windy City during this 4-hour Chicago day tour. Discover the many landmarks spanning both the city's North Side and South Side, enjoying a scenic ride along Lake Michigan on Chicago's Outer Drive along the way. You'll also have the chance to admire the city's Washington and Grant Parks, explore inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory, see Adler Planetarium and visit the iconic Wrigley Building. This Chicago in a half day tour also includes transport between all sites and tour narration.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Chicago Walking Tour: Interior Architecture of the Loop and Pedway Tour

Venture inside renowned Chicago landmarks, elegant lobbies, and underground corridors on this 2-hour walking tour. Your expert guide will share insights about interior architectural features of this design-rich city — from mosaic domes to the sprawling Chicago Pedway System — bringing the details of the Windy City into vivid focus. Stop to admire Chase Tower, the Marshall Field and Company Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, and more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Viator VIP: Willis Tower Skydeck Early Access, Trolley City Tour and Chicago River Cruise

See Chicago from several angles, including the 103rd floor of Willis (Sears) Tower, where you have early access to the Skydeck. This Viator VIP package — available nowhere else — provides a crowd-free morning overlooking city landmarks from glass-enclosed balconies. Follow up your vista with a 2-hour narrated trolley tour past Grant Park, the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building and more. Finish with an afternoon cruise on the Chicago River and enjoy a complimentary drink as you discover the city's distinctive skyscrapers from an architecture-savvy guide.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

This Chicago grand tour covers four hours of sightseeing with admission to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Get oriented to the Windy City on a coach tour that takes you along a scenic route on Lake Shore Drive, and past North Side and South Side highlights including Museum Campus, Lincoln Park, Washington Park, Grant Park and Wrigley Field. Finish on the 94th floor of the Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest landmarks, for panoramic views of the Magnificent Mile from the open-air observation deck.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Holiday Hike: Festive Chicago Food and Walking Tour

Stroll through Chicago's winter streets, lit up for the holidays, on this 3-hour walking tour. Learn about Chicago's celebrated holiday traditions like the European-inspired Christkindlmarket, the beautiful decor and windows at Macy's, and ice skating at Millennium Park. Follow your local guide on a walk down festively decorated State Street and sample generous tastes of classic Chicago foods and holiday treats. Seasonal craft beer tastings will help you stay warm and toasty; please note this tour operates in all weather conditions, so dress appropriately.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$74.34 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Chicago North Side Tour

Explore the North Side of Chicago on this guided sightseeing tour by coach. During this 2-hour tour, experience the bustle of the Loop, the central business district and one of the financial centers of the country. Visit State Street, an important thoroughfare in Chicago's history and the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue. Learn about the history and culture of the city from your local guide; upgrade your tour to include a Chicago River cruise.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Guided SUV Tour for up to 4 Guests

Experience Chicago with a private guide and seperate driver in a luxury SUV. The tour is fully customizable with different itineraries to suit your tastes and interests. Visit Wrigley Field, peruse Fulton Market, and bring your camera for famous skyline views. Then get of the beaten path and venture into local neighborhoods. This tour is ideal for visitors who value privacy and who are looking for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$650.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Chicago Holiday Lights Tour by Segway

Soak up the Windy City’s festive holiday feel and explore local landmarks with ease on this 2-hour Segway tour in Chicago. Hop onto your Segway and spin through Chicago’s Millennium Park to the Loop. With your guide, you'll watch skaters enjoying the ice rink, explore Michigan Avenue and admire festive displays at Macy's department store. See the German Christmas market stalls at Daley Plaza, where locals sip hot chocolate and munch 'bratwurst,' and enjoy the atmosphere beneath the city’s Christmas tree. Numbers are limited to eight for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 120 to 135 minutes
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$70.40 USD
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  • Duration: 120 to 135 minutes
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