Chicago Walking Tour: Connecting Past and Present

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 1 hours

Departs: Chicago, Chicago

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This lively overview of Chicago architecture explores iconic buildings from the 1890s to present. We'll compare and contrast a wide range of buildings with varying architectural styles and see how older structures connect to new skyline additions.
On this tour, we'll make seven stops in downtown Chicago where we can compare the histories and styles of buildings located within sight of each other. The tour features 19th-Century Commercial, Beaux-Arts, Mid-Century Modern and Postmodern buildings, as well as the latest in architecture from Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano and Adrian Smith. At each stop, we’ll look at the connections between the past and present and discover what inspires design today. The tour culminates with a visit to Millennium Park, where world-class art and architecture combine, creating a unique urban fabric.

What's Included

Admission to the Galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center

Narration by a professional and certified guide

Walking tour featuring some of Chicago's most famous buildings

What's Not Included

Coat check

Food and drink

Storage for luggage and strollers

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 5 - 100

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Service animals allowed
  • The Chicago Architecture Center or CAC (formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, CAF) is at the south end of the Magnificent Mile near the intersection of Michigan and Wacker.
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Tour Guides are trained and certified by the CAC. As volunteers, they are exceptionally motivated, enthusiastic, and capable interpreters of Chicago's world-class architectural legacy. CAC tours are the real deal - narrated, but not scripted, led by Chica
  • Wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Begin and end the tour at the Chicago Architecture Center.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Wrigley Building
View the Wrigley Building and some of the surrounding buildings

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Marina City
View Marina City and discuss some of the surrounding buildings

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Daley Center
View the Daley Center and surrounding buildings

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Reliance Building
View the Reliance Building and surrounding buildings

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
View the Pritzker Pavilion and surrounding buildings

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

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