Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

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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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Looking for iconic Mid-Century Modern architecture? What better place than Chicago with its triumvirate of modern architects (Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg and SOM) and a city ready and willing to accept them. Find out what set these buildings apart from their predecessors and how they helped set the stage for the future.

If you’re interested in iconic buildings, public art, urban planning or government this is your tour. Find out the stories behind inland steel, Marina city, the IBM building and other "Mad Men" worthy skyscrapers.

What's Included

Admission to the Galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center

Narration by a professional and certified guide

Walking tour of Chicago's modern and postmodern architecture

What's Not Included

Coat check

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Storage for luggage or 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

Chicago Architecture Center
Your tour begins at the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Visit the CAC to view a 4,000-building scale model of Chicago or shop in the award-winning store.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

View the Prudential Building.

• Admission Ticket Free

Daley Center
Marvel at Richard J. Daley Center, one of the first buildings to be covered in an unpainted steel called Cor-Ten. The docent will also discuss the famous "Chicago Picasso" artwork in the plaza.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Marina City
Highlights include Marina City, a mixed-use residential-commercial building designed by architect Bertrand Goldberg, envisioned as an urban experiment designed to draw middle-class Chicagoans back to the city after more than a decade of suburban migration.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Chicago River
Enjoy superb views of Chicago’s riverfront.

• Admission Ticket Free

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