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Venture inside renowned Chicago landmarks, elegant lobbies, and underground corridors on this 2-hour 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, including public art by Chagall and Picasso.

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour of the Chicago Loop's interior architecture
  • Go inside landmark buildings including the Chicago Temple, Chicago Cultural Center, and Chase Tower
  • Marvel at the architecture of the 5-story-high atrium in the Marshall Fields building with an expert local guide
  • Walk through some of the Chicago Pedway’s underground corridors and take home a complimentary map that details the system
  • See public artworks created for Chicago by Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso
  • Use an iPad to view historical photographs and video that complements your guide’s commentary

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What You Can Expect

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

The Chicago Temple Building has 23 floors dedicated to religious and office use.

Start your walking tour of Chicago’s interior architecture at Chase Tower, located in the Loop. Depending on the day, set out in the morning or afternoon along this central business district, home to many of the city’s iconic structures. Expect to cover a half mile (0.8 km) during an easy 2-hour stroll with plenty of stops.

Stop at Chase Tower Plaza to admire the 'Four Seasons' mosaic by Marc Chagall, and slip inside the Marshall Field and Company Building for a glimpse of the Tiffany & Co–designed ceiling decorating the atrium. Pass by the contemporary shopping and dining complex of Block 37 on State Street, and see the untitled 50-foot-tall (15-meter) Picasso sculpture at Daley Plaza.

Along the way, learn about the Windy City’s art history and architectural design via shared iPads that showcase archival images of Chicago with maps, historic photos, and documentary video clips. You’ll also maneuver through the Chicago Pedway System — a network of climate-controlled underground concourses, passages and sky-bridges that connects buildings throughout downtown.

Your tour concludes at the Chicago Cultural Center, a Chicago Landmark building completed in 1897 and originally the city’s first central public library. Peer up at the marvelous stained glass dome before making your way to your next destination.

Customer Reviews

Pam M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a SIX star experience! Our guide, Alex Bean, is so knowledgeable about Chicago history, architecture, and culture. He shared stories that I imagine few Chicagoans even know. We had 2 ipads to easily share among the 8 of us: historical photographs, closeups, etc. Visiting some of the major sights with Alex provided extra insight: Cultural Center, Marshall Fields, etc. He also took us to the Temple Building, 22 floors of office building built in 1922, but complete with a beautiful church on floor one and a spire. I recommend this trip to anyone who wants a great intro to Chicago.

Patti L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide was upbeat, full of great information, the tour was fast-paced, we covered some really interesting territory, and I would highly recommend this excursion, company, and the guide in particular.

Beth Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Paul is a lively, personable and very prepared guide
There wasn't a question he could not answer.
From the awesomeness of the Cultural center to the brawny architecture of the modernists he knew it all
Highly worthwhile.

Lauren S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Trip was good intro to Chicago architecture and history for group from different places and with different expectations and experiences

Vanessa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This trip was one of my highlights of our short stay in Chicago. Our guide Alex was great and made the tour informative with plenty of local knowledge. Highly recommend!

Roland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic tour of some wonderful Chicago gems with Pawel who was extremely well informed and entertaining coupled with multimedia extracts that added so much colour. Highly recommened.

Lynda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very well informed guide and a really interesting tour. Loved the commentary on the ex Marshall Fields Dept store. The pedway history was intriging and visiting the old Library was special - the most amazing Tiffany mosaic decore

Steve B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was an awesome experience and I highly recommend taking the tour. Informative, fun and interesting .

Daniel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I had a lot of fun, the walking was interspaced with long explanations. The guide was friendly. knew his stuff.

Basically. exactly what was promised.

Margaret H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Knowledgeable guide in Alex comfortable pace, and we even went back to experience the Chapel in the Sky. Thank you!

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