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Chicago Board of Trade Building Tours

Chicago Board of Trade Building
In a city of skyscrapers, the Chicago Board of Trade Building stands out. Its history dates back to 1821, though the structure standing today was erected in 1930. Built for the Chicago Board of Trade, today it still serves as a center of Chicago’s financial district as the trading venue for the derivatives exchange. It stood at the tallest building in Chicago for many years. Today it remains a gateway to the city’s financial district.   

The traditional art deco architecture draws tourists to the Chicago Board of Trade Building. A three-story statue of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, stands atop the building on a copper pyramid, drawing visitors from all over the city to see the exquisite craftsmanship. The 6,500 pound Ceres represents the time when agriculture ruled Chicago. The 12-story building has a 19,000 square foot trading floor. Statues adorn the building, each of which tells a different story of the type of work that goes on inside.

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The Chicago Board of Trade Building is one of the premiere must-see attractions in Chicago. It is a United States National Historic Landmark. Tours of the trading floor and building are offered and a great way to learn the history and understand the details of the intricate artistry. It’s located at 141 W. Jackson Boulevard in the Loop neighborhood.
Address: 141 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago 60604, USA
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-2pm
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Chicago Architecture River CruiseDay Cruises

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Dazzling Interiors of the LoopLuxury Tours

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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Dazzling Interiors of the Loop

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See the overlooked highlights of Chicago’s Loop district with a 2-hour walking tour that takes in the best of the bustling, vibrant neighborhood’s inside spaces. Get behind the façades to explore stunningly designed interiors as you follow a specially-designed route with an experienced guide. Learn about the city’s architecture, art and history while visitng a side of Chicago that’s beyond the tourist trail, and experience the Windy City with a local perspective.
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Chicago Architecture Fireworks CruiseNight Cruises

Chicago Architecture Fireworks Cruise

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Take advantage of a rare chance to experience Chicago’s illuminated skyline beneath a fantastic fireworks display. This summer evening cruise (available on selected nights), takes you past more than 40 significant works of architecture like the Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Tower, John Hancock Center, and more. Your expert guide shares each building’s story, and the cruise concludes with a stunning view of the fireworks from Navy Pier.
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The Chicago Tour

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Discover some of Chicago’s top attractions—and step off the tourist trail when you visit several of its heritage, locals-frequented neighborhoods—on this introductory, small-group tour. Meet your guide in the Loop, and set off on foot. You’ll spy major landmarks like the Rookery Building, will head to Chinatown for a cultural immersion and delicious dumplings, will glimpse historical architecture in the Prairie District, will explore beautiful Grant Park, and more.
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Architecture of Money and Power: Chicago Financial District Walking TourArchitecture Tours

Architecture of Money and Power: Chicago Financial District Walking Tour

Discover opulent architecture of Chicago's financial district and hear secret stories of the rich and powerful Architecture on this financial district walking tour will range from sleek Art Deco to glittering post-modern, with buildings constructed from the late 1800s into more recent times. We also venture to the “back door” of the Board of Trade. Here a time-warp exists in the middle of downtown Chicago, with historic bars, an old school pizza joint, a pawn shop, and the rickety tracks of the "L" train. In keeping with Chicago Detours’ mission to explore stories and places locals don’t know, this tour will either tell lesser known stories behind famous buildings or take guests into buildings they might not normally notice right in the heart of the financial district.
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Architecture tour through the financial centerArchitecture Tours

Architecture tour through the financial center

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We will walk through the financial district and pass through emblematic buildings, such as the courthouse, the town hall, the bag of cereals and much more, all of which can not be seen from the boat trips.
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A Walk Through TimeHalf-day Tours

A Walk Through Time

Chicago is famous throughout the world as a city of skyscrapers, The First Skyscraper was completed here in 1885 and a new architectural style, Chicago architecture school , was born by the end of 19th century. During this tour you will explore the first iconic Chicago school skyscrapers that still adore our city as well as the other buildings of various times and architectural styles, learn about innovations used to build them and discover how they transformed Chicago into a center of skyscraper design and engineering. You will also learn the stories of the extraordinary people who created these masterpieces of world architecture. Highlights include the dazzling interiors of the Palmer House Hotel, Marquette Building and Marshall Field’s department store.  
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