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Explore the art glass crafted and designed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company during this 2-hour walking tour in Chicago. Following an expert guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, visit 4 late 19th-century landmarks that contain glass works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries. This sophisticated, informative tour is a must-do for history and architecture fans. The tour includes general admission to the Art Institute of Chicago for the tour plus 1 other day. 

Highlights

  • Tiffany on Wednesdays
  • Explore the art glass designed, crafted or installed by the Tiffany Glass and decorating Company
  • Learn the history behind this dramatic art form

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What You Can Expect

Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures

Macy's on State Street

Meet your expert guide and tour group at the Chicago Architecture Foundation on Michigan Street, across from the Art Institute. Please see Itinerary section below for detailed directions. 

Embark on a 2-hour walking tour focused on the art glass crafted and designed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries. See mosaics, vaults, domes and light fixtures. Visit the stately buildings in which they are housed, see recent restoration efforts, and learn about history behind this dramatic art form.

Visit the following late 19th-century landmarks:
  • Macy's on State Street (historic Marshall Field's store)
  • The Chicago Cultural Center
  • The Marquette Building
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
The tour includes general admission to the Art Institute of Chicago for the day of the tour plus 1 other day, as well as a visitor's discount coupon for Macy's on State Street. 

Itinerary

Directions:
224 South Michigan Avenue in the Shop & Tour Center across from the Art Institute on the northwest corner of Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue.

By Car:

  • Chicago's major expressways converge just west of the Loop. Exit at Congress Avenue and proceed east (this is also the eastbound extension of I-290)
  • Lakeshore Drive, from Hollywood in the north to Jackson Park in the south, follows the shoreline and

CTA rapid transit stations: (walking distance from the following)

  • Adams/Wabash station for the Brown, Green, Orange and Purple Lines
  • Jackson/State Station for the Red Line
  • Jackson/Dearborn Station for the Blue Line

Walk east on Adams or Jackson to Michigan Avenue. At Adams, turn right (south) on Michigan Avenue.

CTA Bus Lines:

  • Take any CTA bus that travels downtown and intersects with (starting from the south) Van Buren, Jackson, Adams, Monroe, Madison, Washington or Randolph. Walk (or connect on a CTA bus) east to Michigan Avenue.
  • Free downtown trolley service is provided by the City of Chicago and serves most of Michigan Avenue, the Museum Campus, and Navy Pier and also connects to the train stations. Schedules vary by season.

Commuter Trains: Metra operates 11 suburban commuter lines serving downtown Chicago.

  • Ending at Union Station just west of the Loop and south of the Ogilvy Transportation Center: Heritage Corridor Line, North Central Service, Southwest Service, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Milwaukee District North&West Lines.
  • Ending at the Ogilvy Transportation Center (formerly the Northwestern Train Station) just west of the Loop and north of Union Station: Union Pacific North Line, Northwest Line and West Line. From these two stations it is a 20 minute walk east to Michigan Ave, or take a #20 or #56 eastbound CTA bus on Jackson Boulevard, or connect with the free trolley shuttle.
  • Ending at the LaSalle Street Station: The Rock Island District Line. Walk east on Van Buren to Michigan and then north on Michigan to Jackson
  • Ending at the Randolph Street Station: The Metra Electric Line and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (South Shore Line). Get off at the Van Buren/Jackson Station (the stop before the end). From here, walk one block north on Michigan Avenue to Jackson.


Customer Reviews

sakkoul

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Spectacular hidden gems in Chicago! I highly recommend this special tour.

Adele M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

One of the highlights of our trip to Chicago. We were able to go inside buildings we would never know about and see amazing mosaics. Our tour guide was fantastic, it was obvious he really had a passion and knowledge of this topic. I highly recommend this tour!

Deloris G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Loved the Tiffany Art Glass tour and the lady leading was very gracious!

Elena P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

I'm so happy I found this tour company! It's such a great way to discover not only touristic but much more deep levels of the city in a group of dedicated city lovers and if it's not a basic tour like this Tiffany one you could know even more from Chicagoans you meet in your group. Thank you! I did 3 tours with you and they were amazing!

Lori L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Guide was very well informed and added some other buildings and points of interest. A great value. definitely worth it.

Diana F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Knowledgeable guide, energetic walk w/excellent assortment of architectural glass and mosaic. Hihghly recommended.

Bonnie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The guide was excellent with a wealth of information and delightful personality.

Glenn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

I loved every minute and would go again. Not too much walking for us oldsters.

Peter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

hidden places, beautiful architecture

Karin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

A wonderful walkingtour with a very competent guide - rather private ( 2 clients !!!) . So we learned a lot about Tiffany and his work and had access to many buildings and some places you never normally wouls see .

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