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Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers

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Chicago, United States
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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Admire the incredible façades and intricate interiors of the Windy City's 1920s art deco and art moderne buildings during this architecture walking tour of Chicago. Uncover the history of Chicago art deco architectural along with the city's influential role in the development of this iconic artistic style, as you get an up close and personal look at its wealth of gorgeous period buildings. This art deco Chicago walking tour also includes a certified guide.
  • Downtown Chicago art-deco walking tour
  • Learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement
  • Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco buildings
  • Trace the history of this short-lived but lively architectural heritage
Take an architecture-focused walking tour of Chicago during this investigation of the city's most important period buildings and its critical role in the development of the movement's signature style. You're sure to come away with a newfound appreciation for the city's architectural history and the beauty of its many historic buildings and their interiors.
Start your art deco exploration of Chicago at least 15 minutes before your tour begins at the Chicago Architecture Center, located at 111 E. Wacker Dr. Then head out with your guide to begin your architecture immersion, starting with a history lesson.
The art deco style evolved during the period between World War I and World War II, referring more generally to a range of design movements that coalesced between the 1920s and 30s. Art deco design is known more generally for its geometric designs and its simplicity, frequently paired with bright colors and basic shapes that embraced the rising role of business and technology on the modern world. Art deco's influence touched everything from architecture to painting to sculpting and furniture design, spanning luxury objects created with exotic materials to mass-produced goods found in every home and office of the day, to the many buildings that defined the Chicago skyline.
During the course of your walk you'll stop to admire a range of exteriors and interiors that define this architectural heyday of the art deco and art moderne movements. The Jazz Age buildings of Chicago include a range of both stark cube-shaped and sleek streamlined structures, ranging from office buildings to apartment residences that dominated Chicago's downtown until the 1950s.

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Art Deco. In the pouring rain
glennawaxler
, Jul 2018
Our guide Mitch was just amazing! He shared his knowledge and history with our group with ease! He started right on time and guided us through the loop buildings even in the pouring rain. Still making it such an interesting tour! We were a group of four with guests from Savannah who loved this tour also! Amazing! Again, Mitch nailed it!
I would give this tour the 5 stars...
Susan L
, Oct 2017
I would give this tour the 5 stars, highly recommended. Some gems you would otherwise not know about. We absolutely loved it. Our tour guide was fantastic!!!
This tour is a must on a visit to...
Jon P
, Sep 2017
This tour is a must on a visit to Chicago... so much of the city's earlier 20th century history is captured in this tour of the moderne art deco architecture. One does not tend to appreciate these gems hidden among the neo-classic buildings and glass high rises, but once seen, a lasting impression that will keep us looking in the future. Leaves one with the question if in 80 years people will be making glass and steel tours. Somehow, one doesn't get the feeling of enduring beauty as one does with Art Deco.... The detail work on the interiors of these amazing buildings is beautiful, and quite lacking in anything built since. The guide was experienced, and knowledgeable- particularly good at fitting the architecture into historical context. A great 2 hours, well worth the time and cost. We plan more Chicago Architectural Society tours in future visits! Finally- checking out and booking tours through Viator is something that can be very helpful before any visit to a city as a planning tool.
I love Art Deco and I loved this tour...
David K
, Jul 2017
I love Art Deco and I loved this tour. I learned things I haven't seen on the internet. The 1920's and 30's were an amazing time on terms of design.
I did the historic skyscraper tour...
Jennifer P
, Apr 2017
I did the historic skyscraper tour first, so a lot of the buildings were a repeat, but I learned completely different information on this tour, which made it still extremely worthwhile. This is a really good tour with lots of insight into the architects and the time periods.
Tour was great, and loved the use of...
Sherry P
, Aug 2016
Tour was great, and loved the use of earpieces with antennae so everyone could hear the tour guide at all times.
It gave us a greater appreciation for...
Katie J
, Aug 2016
It gave us a greater appreciation for Chicago's Art Deco history
This your was excellent. Our your...
Jayne L
, Jul 2016
This your was excellent. Our your guide Bill was so knowledgeable and made the your so enjoyable. Could not recommend this your highly enough.
Excellent tour! My guide Priscilla was...
Elisabeth E
, Jun 2016
Excellent tour! My guide Priscilla was really enthusiastic and by going on this tour you see some spectacular Art Deco interiors.
Fabulous, fascinating, educational...
Loreen V
, Jun 2016
Fabulous, fascinating, educational, great pace. Definitely recommend.

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