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The Picasso
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.
Address: 50 W Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, USA
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Walking Tours

Chicago Walking Tour: Interior Architecture of the Loop and Pedway Tour

Venture inside renowned Chicago landmarks, elegant lobbies, and underground corridors on this 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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Bus & Minivan Tours

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.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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.
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Cultural 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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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

Learn The Lost Language of Buildings

This tour will teach you how to look at buildings in a whole different way. It will quite literally change the way you see the world around you. Forever. I promise. Architecture is called "the mother of all arts," it's ornament and design is intended to make you feel something, just like any great piece of art. By studying symbols and gargoyles, faces, demons, and design choices, on buildings that range from historic to the most modern of modern skyscrapers, we'll learn the lost language of buildings. By learning to "look up" and study buildings by studying their parts, we'll learn more about the world around us, about our past and about our future.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

Private 4-hour Walking Tour - also available in French & Dutch

Enjoy a private 4-hour walking tour with Belgian-American tour guide Leentje. She will introduce you to the city she calls home since 2014. Every tour is different and custom-made. Tours are available in English, French or Dutch. Focus can be on public or street art, architecture, food and much more!
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  • 4 hours
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Christmas

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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Segway Tours

2 HR Chicago Holiday Lights Segway Tour

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. Get the personalized feel of a small-group experience.
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  • 120 to 135 minutes
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  • 120 to 135 minutes
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Take a walk back in time through the history of Chicago's Loop on this app-enabled tour. After downloading the app and tour to you smartphone, you and your party will listen to author Amy Bizzarri, an author and expert in Chicago history, as she leads you through walking tour of the city. The GPS-enabled tour will trigger commentary at just the right times, and you can stop and start whenever you like for a flexible experience that lets you move at your own pace. Highlights include Daley Plaza, the Chicago Theater, Berghoff Restaurant, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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  • 50 minutes
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