• Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Admire the incredible façades and intricate interiors of the Windy City's 1920s art deco and art moderne buildings during this 2-hour 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.

Highlights

  • Downtown Chicago Deco
  • 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

What You Can Expect

Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers

Chicago Board of Trade

Take an architecture-focused walking tour of Chicago during this 2-hour 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 Foundation shop and tour center, located at 224 South Michigan Avenue. Depending on the schedule you've selected, your walking tour will begin at either 10am, 1pm, 1:30pm or 5:30pm. 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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Susan L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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!!!

Jon P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Jennifer P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Sherry P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour was great, and loved the use of earpieces with antennae so everyone could hear the tour guide at all times.

Katie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It gave us a greater appreciation for Chicago's Art Deco history

Jayne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Elisabeth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour! My guide Priscilla was really enthusiastic and by going on this tour you see some spectacular Art Deco interiors.

Loreen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fabulous, fascinating, educational, great pace. Definitely recommend.

gaylekennedy66

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Beautiful tour.

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