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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Treasures of Chicago

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Get an insider's introduction to Chicago's most celebrated buildings during this architecture-focused walking tour of Michigan Avenue and State Street. Revisit the heyday of the skyscraper and visit stunning, Art Deco-era interiors, from the Palmer House Hotel to the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission to the Chicago Architecture Center is included, with an introduction by the docent.
  • A Chicago architecture walking tour
  • See many of the city's most stunning landmarks in just a couple of hours
  • Enrich your visit with live commentary on Chicago's growth and development
  • Visit the interiors of three buildings, plus many more exteriors

What's Included

  • Walking tour of Chicago Architecture
  • Narration by a professional and certified guide
  • Admission to the Galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center
  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off
  • Storage for luggage or strollers
  • Coat check

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Chicago Architecture Center
    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

    Meet at the Chicago Architecture Center at 111 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601

End point

  • Chicago Cultural Center
    78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA

    The tour will end in the Chicago Cultural Center. The docent will return to the Chicago Architecture Center and participants are welcome to accompany the docent back to the CAC.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please bring a photo ID.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Access to building interiors featured on this tour may be subject to change, due to weekend and holiday schedules or unforeseen closures.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Treasures of Chicago?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers

Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Treasures of Chicago?

A:The policy on sanitisation is:
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff

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Stunning beauty!
Ingrid_D, May 2022
Very interesting and well-lead tour of some stunning Chicago architecture. Thank you to docent Susan!
a great tour
Welcomepeace, Mar 2022
I think the tour guide is great. It is literally a two-hour art history lesson. Having seen so much and learned a great deal.
Great Tour
Jill_C, Jun 2022
This is a GREAT tour if you are interested in the history and architecture of significant historic buildings in Chicago. Our volunteer tour guide was highly knowledgeable and so interesting. We walked by and in architectural gems of the city and learned so much about the Art Deco era. I would highly recommend this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
A must tour when in Chicago!!!
marie_m, May 2022
Our tour guide, Margaret, was a wealth of information. Not only was she knowledgeable about all the history of architecture and buildings in Chicago, but she was also very patient and kind. My girlfriends and I were very surprised at how much we enjoyed the tour. The ear buds we were given during the tour really helped everyone hear her stories amid the street noise. The tour took 2 hours, and it was worth it. If you have never been to Chicago, I would highly recommend this tour!!!!
2 travelers found this review helpful
Magnificent buildings, remarkable histories
Julia_H, Jul 2022
Enjoyed the tour, learned a lot about Chicago and architecture in general. The guide Jean was very knowledgeable, interactive and super nice. Loved it!
Classic Chicago loop buildings.
James_F, Aug 2022
Our tour guide John’s love and knowledge of architecture was evident during the entire two hours. We now see the classic buildings in Chicago with a new perspective.
Finding treasure in Chicago
Eunjung_C, Jul 2022
In a word, Interesting trip ~~ Chicago is really gorgeous city that has historical story. Especially Thanks for docent Bill
A must do tour
Heather_S, Aug 2022
Thank you Laurel for a great insight to this wonderful city. I was amazed at your knowledge and ease of sharing this with the group
Inspiring architecture history revealed
GHASSAN_W, Feb 2020
Amazing tour Highly recommended I always wanted to know the history about so many buildings I pass by daily You pass treasures with only a wall separating you and you would not know what you are missing like the Palmer House I would take this tour over and over
2 travelers found this review helpful
Hidden treasure to be discovered
Richard_W, Jul 2022
Our walking tour guide, Janet, was great. The pace was great and she always tried to find a shade for us during the hot afternoon. Her knowledge and humor were awesome! We had a great time with Janet during this walking tour and we learned a lot about the history.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Super interesting
Amandine_C, Mar 2022
We got to see the interior or 2 beautiful buildings and learned a lot about the city we live in and its history. I booked it for my boyfriends birthday because he loves history. The buildings were beautiful and the tour was fantastic. We walk past these buildings all the time and never noticed them.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Michelle_L, Jun 2021
Amanda did an excellent job giving the highlights of the city! She answered all our questions and gave recommendations of things to do on our own.
The vast knowledge of...
John_M, Jul 2022
The vast knowledge of Delta Green, the docent and interesting information about the buildings that were highlighted on the tour.
Time of walk was listed...
Klazina_W, Aug 2022
Time of walk was listed for 3pm but at sign in it was 2:30. Luckily we got to check in early. Nice walk.
Worthwhile, leaves one wanting more
peggy_v, Jul 2022
Specific info per building esp library. Want to do more in-depth tour of many buildings we learned about.


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