• Tour code: 3173HS
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Explore the Loop's famous architecture during this 2-hour walking tour with an expert guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Discover the beginnings of the Chicago School of Architecture through visits to some of the city's oldest skyscrapers, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This sophisticated, informative tour is a must-do for history and architecture buffs.


  • Historic Chicago Loop Skyscrapers
  • See Chicago architecture
  • Guided walking tour through historic Chicago - see the earliest skyscrapers, built between the 1870s and the 1930s
  • Learn about the architects who influenced the city's architecture

What You Can Expect

Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers

Historic Loop Skyscrapers

Meet your expert guide at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, located on Michigan Avenue across from the Art Institute. (See Itinerary section below for detailed directions). Stroll through the Loop area, stopping at multiple buildings and listening to engaging commentary from your guide. You'll see some of the city's earliest skyscrapers, dating from the 1870s to the 1930s. Learn about the architects who influenced the city's aesthetics and how the buildings shaped the city's culture. 
Visit the following buildings, among others:
  • The Rookery, a National Historic Landmark
  • The Auditorium Building, a Louis Sullivan masterpiece
  • Chicago Board of Trade Building, one of the city's finest examples of Art Deco architecture
Your tour ends back at its departure point after 2 hours.


Customer Reviews

Liza D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

amazing city and amazing architecture. Did this tour on sunday, and some buildings were closed.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent, as was our guide Stacey!

Martin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

If you are in any way interested in architecture and particularly Art Deco, this is a must do tour. Our guide was passionate about the subject, and showed us some absolute masterpieces. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

Carolyn N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

WOW!! What a wonderful tour.. The Guide was outstanding and kept us all so interested!! So worth the money...

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The docent was great. Highly suggest this tour if you have a limited time in chicago like I did (

Jennifer P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Audrey was a fantastic tour guide! She really had insight into the buildings and was knowledgeable about Chicago architecture in general. This tour was definitely worth the time and money.

Betsy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Excellent! Our tour guide, Angela Platt, was wonderful. She had a lot of knowledge about all of the buildings. We learned things about the different styles of architecture and she took us in the buildings and pointed out the inside and the styles inside. I would highly recommend this tour.

enlin P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Wonderful! Learned a lot. The Chicago Architectural Foundation's volunteer docents are amazing! Go for it!!

Beatrice F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

wonderful experience with a wonderful guide

Desiree W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was an amazing tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and shared so much information that we could not have gotten from a book. It was a happy end to my Chicago conference!
Desiree Woodland, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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