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Best Architecture Walking Tour Since Sliced Bread
Chicago- Illinois- United States
( 400 )
90 Minutes
8 Persons
English
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Brief

This fun and creative Chicago architecture walking tour puts architecture in context of the arts and pop culture.

Tour Detail

Best Architecture Walking Tour Overview

What does Michael Jackson’s Thriller have to do with the design of a post-modern skyscraper? Or Andy Warhol’s soup cans with modernism? The Best Architecture Walking Tour Since Sliced Bread is a creative tour of Chicago architecture. We designed it for curious people.

On this condensed architecture tour of an hour and a half, you will learn about architectural styles through their connections with technology and culture. All arts are a reflection of an age. Styles in creations like architecture, graphic design, fashion design and pop culture have similar qualities when they come from the same era. We will compare architecture with contemporaneous works other media to help us learn how to identify architectural styles.

This includes pop culture, like shoulder pads fashion of the eighties and comic books! We’ll look at lots of eye candy while expanding our understanding of architectural styles and Chicago history. It’s a very visual and interactive tour.

Most of all, we’ll understand architectural style’s deeper connections with history. And we’ll consider how the advancements in technology and engineering have shaped buildings. This is the foundation of a Chicago architecture tour.

Why is this the best architecture walking tour since sliced bread? We know it’s absurd to call anything the “best.” But the fun and creative educational approach of this Chicago architecture walking tour makes it unlike any other architecture tour in the city.  You won’t be bogged down with dates and names with us, but we will blow you away with new ideas on how to look at architecture.

And the tour is “the best” for Detours-minded folks. This best architectural walking tour appeals to both Chicago locals and visitors. People well-versed in art history will enjoy it, as well as tour guests new to looking at art and architecture. You will learn about various architectural styles, both by looking at buildings in front of us and at images and video on shared iPads.

Have you been on the architectural boat tour, perhaps with the Chicago Architecture Foundation? This would be your next step for the curious who want a deeper understanding of Chicago architecture.

Our architecture walking tour goes south of the Michigan Avenue bridge. This is a route where many people walk but rarely look up. We conclude at the very new contemporary playground of Maggie Daley Park.

With so many architecture tours to choose from, how do you know you aren’t going to get a volunteer tour docent rambling dates, names and minutia? Come on a tour with Chicago Detours and our fun, passionate, and highly trained tour guides. We have a solid five stars on Yelp and TripAdvisor.

Best Architecture Walking Tour Highlights

  • Chicago’s underground layers
  • Michigan Avenue Bridge
  • The gold-topped Carbide and Carbon Building
  • The massive Mies van der Rohe’s Illinois Center
  • The Diamond Building and its anatomical nickname
  • Jeanne Gang’s famous Aqua Tower
  • The new Maggie Daley Park

Architecture Tour Stories and Ideas

  • Fort Dearborn and the “simple life”
  • Chicago School of Architecture
  • Art Deco and the Roaring ’20s
  • Mechanization and the spirit of modernist architecture
  • The fun shapes of post-modern forms
  • The latest trends in city evolution and living

Walking Tour Tickets Include

  • Shared iPads with historic photos and video clips
  • Engaging tour guide commentary
  • Special gifts
  • Discounted flat-rate parking at Grant Park North Garage ($15)

Walking distance: 0.5 mile

Tour Schedule

  • June and July 2017 - Wednesday 11am and Sunday 10:30am
  • August to October 2017 - Wednesday and Sunday 10:30am

Tour starts Inside the Fannie May Candy Store at 343 N Michigan Ave - located at south-east corner of the Michigan Ave and Wacker Dr. intersection.

Tour ends at the Maggie Daley Park.

Map above is necessary to locate tour meeting point.

We hope you can join us!

Price Detail
Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Reviews

David L

2017-11-22 04:36:10

"Chicago Bar Tour" Wonderful Tour Entertaining Educational Tour Guide Was Superb I will definitely recommend to anyone visiting The Windy City

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Elaine L

2017-11-20 16:25:16

"Historic Bar Tour" The historic bar tour was entertaining and informative. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. I can not wait to go on another tour when I visit Chicago. The Holiday tour sounds great.

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TBassingDavis

2017-11-20 10:10:39

"Tesla drive tours" We decided last minute to see what tours of Chicago were available and got a tour right away. We were driven around in a new Tesla and hit many well known spots in Chicago. We got out a couple of...

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Sarah B

2017-08-16 19:33:28

"Pavel was so informative and proud of his Chicago" REALLY enjoyed this tour. Pavel was so informative...entertaining...courteous...and proud of Chicago. He handled our group with compassion and patience. A couple of people were late and one in...

+More

d0nsch0

2017-08-14 20:33:27

"Great Bar Tour" Tour guide Alex was great, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. You get to see the places you would just walk by in a different light and you suddenly realize how much history is hidden in Chicago...

+More

erinlionbear

2017-08-14 14:42:55

"Architecture Tour with Alex!" This tour is a great intro to Chicago's history and architecture, and if you didn't think you were interested in either of those things before, you will be. 2 hours isn't long enough, and you'll want...

+More

travelg38

2017-08-05 21:43:29

"Humorous historical and helpful" Alex was a great guide to many places I'd walked past but never really looked at. I learned about the renewal efforts downtown, some common myths about Chicago were debunked, and the pedway system...

+More

Morgan L

2017-08-05 12:22:14

"Great tours for locals and visitors" I've lived in Chicago for a little under a year and wish I had gone these tours sooner. I went on the Bar Tour with Elizabeth after I had already taken the Interior Architecture Tour with Pawel. Both...

+More

JOE1949B

2017-07-29 13:21:30

"Walking Underground with Friends" We chose the Pedway tour which took us to a part of Chicago that we knew nothing about. We were not disappointed. Elisabeth- a Lead Tour Guide - was so full of information about the city and its...

+More

Hallie K

2017-07-19 14:54:54

"Chicago's Tiffany ceilings!" If you haven't craned your neck to look way up at the ceiling inside Macy's (the old Marshall Fields) or gone inside the Chicago Cultural Center, you've missed Chicago's Tiffany ceilings. The...

+More

cschneider6660

2017-07-17 05:35:02

"Good even for a native" The Historical Chicago walking bar tour was fun. Elizabeth didn't stop talking the entire time with history and tid-bits of info. Not sure how she can memorize all that! But eat before you go...

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Best Architecture Walking Tour Since Sliced Bread
Chicago, Illinois, United States
( 400 )
90 Minutes
8 Persons
English
{{ goConfig.showPrice(currency + lowestPrice, lang)}}
Brief

This fun and creative Chicago architecture walking tour puts architecture in context of the arts and pop culture.

Tour Detail

Best Architecture Walking Tour Overview

What does Michael Jackson’s Thriller have to do with the design of a post-modern skyscraper? Or Andy Warhol’s soup cans with modernism? The Best Architecture Walking Tour Since Sliced Bread is a creative tour of Chicago architecture. We designed it for curious people.

On this condensed architecture tour of an hour and a half, you will learn about architectural styles through their connections with technology and culture. All arts are a reflection of an age. Styles in creations like architecture, graphic design, fashion design and pop culture have similar qualities when they come from the same era. We will compare architecture with contemporaneous works other media to help us learn how to identify architectural styles.

This includes pop culture, like shoulder pads fashion of the eighties and comic books! We’ll look at lots of eye candy while expanding our understanding of architectural styles and Chicago history. It’s a very visual and interactive tour.

Most of all, we’ll understand architectural style’s deeper connections with history. And we’ll consider how the advancements in technology and engineering have shaped buildings. This is the foundation of a Chicago architecture tour.

Why is this the best architecture walking tour since sliced bread? We know it’s absurd to call anything the “best.” But the fun and creative educational approach of this Chicago architecture walking tour makes it unlike any other architecture tour in the city.  You won’t be bogged down with dates and names with us, but we will blow you away with new ideas on how to look at architecture.

And the tour is “the best” for Detours-minded folks. This best architectural walking tour appeals to both Chicago locals and visitors. People well-versed in art history will enjoy it, as well as tour guests new to looking at art and architecture. You will learn about various architectural styles, both by looking at buildings in front of us and at images and video on shared iPads.

Have you been on the architectural boat tour, perhaps with the Chicago Architecture Foundation? This would be your next step for the curious who want a deeper understanding of Chicago architecture.

Our architecture walking tour goes south of the Michigan Avenue bridge. This is a route where many people walk but rarely look up. We conclude at the very new contemporary playground of Maggie Daley Park.

With so many architecture tours to choose from, how do you know you aren’t going to get a volunteer tour docent rambling dates, names and minutia? Come on a tour with Chicago Detours and our fun, passionate, and highly trained tour guides. We have a solid five stars on Yelp and TripAdvisor.

Best Architecture Walking Tour Highlights

  • Chicago’s underground layers
  • Michigan Avenue Bridge
  • The gold-topped Carbide and Carbon Building
  • The massive Mies van der Rohe’s Illinois Center
  • The Diamond Building and its anatomical nickname
  • Jeanne Gang’s famous Aqua Tower
  • The new Maggie Daley Park

Architecture Tour Stories and Ideas

  • Fort Dearborn and the “simple life”
  • Chicago School of Architecture
  • Art Deco and the Roaring ’20s
  • Mechanization and the spirit of modernist architecture
  • The fun shapes of post-modern forms
  • The latest trends in city evolution and living

Walking Tour Tickets Include

  • Shared iPads with historic photos and video clips
  • Engaging tour guide commentary
  • Special gifts
  • Discounted flat-rate parking at Grant Park North Garage ($15)

Walking distance: 0.5 mile

Tour Schedule

  • June and July 2017 - Wednesday 11am and Sunday 10:30am
  • August to October 2017 - Wednesday and Sunday 10:30am

Tour starts Inside the Fannie May Candy Store at 343 N Michigan Ave - located at south-east corner of the Michigan Ave and Wacker Dr. intersection.

Tour ends at the Maggie Daley Park.

Map above is necessary to locate tour meeting point.

We hope you can join us!

+More
Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Reviews

David L

2017-11-22 04:36:10

"Chicago Bar Tour" Wonderful Tour Entertaining Educational Tour Guide Was Superb I will definitely recommend to anyone visiting The Windy City

+More

Elaine L

2017-11-20 16:25:16

"Historic Bar Tour" The historic bar tour was entertaining and informative. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. I can not wait to go on another tour when I visit Chicago. The Holiday tour sounds great.

+More

TBassingDavis

2017-11-20 10:10:39

"Tesla drive tours" We decided last minute to see what tours of Chicago were available and got a tour right away. We were driven around in a new Tesla and hit many well known spots in Chicago. We got out a couple of...

+More

Sarah B

2017-08-16 19:33:28

"Pavel was so informative and proud of his Chicago" REALLY enjoyed this tour. Pavel was so informative...entertaining...courteous...and proud of Chicago. He handled our group with compassion and patience. A couple of people were late and one in...

+More

d0nsch0

2017-08-14 20:33:27

"Great Bar Tour" Tour guide Alex was great, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. You get to see the places you would just walk by in a different light and you suddenly realize how much history is hidden in Chicago...

+More

erinlionbear

2017-08-14 14:42:55

"Architecture Tour with Alex!" This tour is a great intro to Chicago's history and architecture, and if you didn't think you were interested in either of those things before, you will be. 2 hours isn't long enough, and you'll want...

+More

travelg38

2017-08-05 21:43:29

"Humorous historical and helpful" Alex was a great guide to many places I'd walked past but never really looked at. I learned about the renewal efforts downtown, some common myths about Chicago were debunked, and the pedway system...

+More

Morgan L

2017-08-05 12:22:14

"Great tours for locals and visitors" I've lived in Chicago for a little under a year and wish I had gone these tours sooner. I went on the Bar Tour with Elizabeth after I had already taken the Interior Architecture Tour with Pawel. Both...

+More

JOE1949B

2017-07-29 13:21:30

"Walking Underground with Friends" We chose the Pedway tour which took us to a part of Chicago that we knew nothing about. We were not disappointed. Elisabeth- a Lead Tour Guide - was so full of information about the city and its...

+More

Hallie K

2017-07-19 14:54:54

"Chicago's Tiffany ceilings!" If you haven't craned your neck to look way up at the ceiling inside Macy's (the old Marshall Fields) or gone inside the Chicago Cultural Center, you've missed Chicago's Tiffany ceilings. The...

+More

cschneider6660

2017-07-17 05:35:02

"Good even for a native" The Historical Chicago walking bar tour was fun. Elizabeth didn't stop talking the entire time with history and tid-bits of info. Not sure how she can memorize all that! But eat before you go...

+More
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