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Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour

Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour

Explore Chicago from an insider's perspective with architectural interiors and some of the underground passages of the Pedway.

Interior Architecture Tour Overview

With so many architecture tours to choose from, how do you know your guide isn’t going to be a volunteer tour docent rambling a bunch of dates, names and minutia? Come on a tour with Chicago Detours!

On the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour, you’ll step inside magnificent lobbies, corridors, and the underground Pedway system for an in-depth, personal approach to a Chicago architecture walking tour downtown. The Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour takes you on a creative route that weaves through buildings and secret short-cuts. 95% of the tour takes place inside, making it great for any kind of our Chicago weather.

Tour guests share iPads with archival images of maps, historic photos and documentary video clips while the tour guide shares stories of Chicago history. As one of the top-rated tours of Chicago, the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour has received plenty of five-star ratings on Yelp.

Our fun and passionate tour guides are highly trained professionals with degrees in architecture, design, art history and history. They know how to connect with a group, spark imaginations, and communicate new concepts in relating to architecture.

Looking at the outside of buildings, such as with architectural boat tours, can be a great first step in engaging with Chicago architecture. For the next level of connection with Chicago architecture, go inside of the buildings. You will appreciate Chicago architecture from new perspectives. From the interiors, you can truly experience architectural space rather than from the more isolated perspective of a downtown sidewalk.

If you are looking for a Pedway-only tour, this walking tour is much more than just a Pedway walking tour. We  venture into beautiful lobbies and corridors of both Chicago landmarks and lesser-known historic sites.

To be honest, walking through parts of the Pedway is like walking through a modern basement. It is generally not very visually enticing. A portion of this tour takes you into Pedway passages, and you get the gift of our color-printed map of the Chicago Pedway System so that you can explore on your own.

This Chicago architecture walking tour is also available as a private group tour for nine or more guests.

Interior Walking Tour Highlights

  • Church in a skyscraper with stained glass windows
  • The “Chicago Picasso” sculpture
  • Chicago’s underground Pedway system
  • The contemporary Block 37 development
  • Marshall Field’s department store
  • Sparkling Tiffany mosaics
  • Chicago Cultural Center

Stories and Ideas

  • How to read Chicago architecture to understand history
  • Stories of corruption and generosity
  • Why the ‘L’ is elevated
  • Design psychology behind interior space
  • A surprising history of shopping
  • Religion and social diversity

Interior Architecture Tour Includes:

  • Engaging tour guide commentary
  • Shared use of iPads with video & photos
  • Professionally printed Chicago Pedway map
  • Special Chicago gifts
  • Discounted flat-rate parking at Grant Park North Garage ($15)
Walking distance: 0.5 mile

  • Duración : 2 Horas (aproximadamente)
Desde USD 26,00 US$

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Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour

Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour

Eat, drink and learn about Chicago's entertainment history with appetizers, beer or wine, and beautiful historic architecture.

Historic Chicago Pub Crawl Tour Overview

Join us for a historic Chicago pub crawl with an educational twist! You’ll explore Chicago’s entertainment history and learn about prohibition, jazz, theater, vices, and social clubs. In addition to the tour guide’s stories, guests interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads to connect with Chicago’s party past.

Our evening walking tour stays mostly indoors, making it great for any kind of weather. We’ll enjoy our appetizers and your choice of wine or beer at three drink stops and explore history and architecture in between. In addition to bar stops, our groups see magnificent lobbies, Gilded Age mansions, and Chicago’s multiple underground layers. Drinks are on you - please see below. 

Who comes on a historic pub crawl tour of Chicago? Many tour guests enjoy the tour’s fun and social dynamic. Solo travelers often join us. As a great Chicago date idea, it can be a fun thing to do in Chicago with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Groups of friends make the tour into a cool weekend event, too. Family groups love it!

This tour more than a historic Chicago pub crawl – you’ll eat, drink, and learn about architecture, Prohibition-era history, and party culture.

We’d like to say it’s a Speakeasy Tour or a Chicago Prohibition Tour, but truthfully very few bars in Chicago remaining today were ever speakeasies. We did find one stop on our tour that was a true speakeasy though, and an early Chicago jazz club to boot!

Who wants to listen to a volunteer tour docent rambling dates and names? Don’t fret with us – our tour guides are highly trained, smart and fun! We are proud to be a top-rated Chicago tour company, with five-star ratings on Yelp and TripAdvisor.

The Historic Chicago Bar Walking Tour is like a mix of a food tour, an architecture walking tour, and a mobile documentary film. Book your tour early as the historic Chicago pub crawl often sells out. It’s a unique Chicago thing to do this summer!

Walking Bar Tour Highlights

  • Michigan Ave, aka “Magnificent Mile”
  • Tribune Tower
  • Chicago’s underground layers
  • The famous Billy Goat Tavern
  • A former historic jazz club and speakeasy
  • A 19th-century mansion

Stories and Ideas

  • Architecture as a cultural artifact
  • The “Hex of the Billy Goat”
  • Chicago jazz era
  • History of Chicago breweries
  • Prohibition and gangsters
  • 1960’s swanky nightlife
  • Private clubs and debauchery

Historic Chicago Pub Crawl Prices

Reservations are $36 per person. Guests bring cash for beverages. Total cost is $39-$58 per tour guest inclusive of tour, food, beer, wine, gratuities, taxes. 

Chicago Walking Bar Tour Includes:

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

Tour Reservations Do Not Include:

Drinks and server gratuities. All guests must choose a beverage for the walking tour and bring cash to cover 2.5 servings of beer ($20), wine ($22), soda ($6) or water ($3).

Walking distance: .75 miles

  • Duración : 150 Minutos (aproximadamente)
Desde USD 36,00 US$

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1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars

1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars

A combination of drinks with incredible architecture, fascinating historical stories of turn-of-the-century Chicago, and visual scavenger hunts.

1893 World’s Fair Tour Overview

This very special walking tour digs into how and why the 1893 World’s Fair captures imaginations more than any other event in Chicago history. Unlike other World’s Fair tours and Devil in the White City tours, which likely revolve around facts and trivia, you’ll dig deeper on this tour.

On this fun and insightful walking tour, you’ll venture into beautiful architectural spaces from the era. You will play a few thoughtfully designed games, like visual scavenger hunts. Along with guide commentary, your guide will show you on shared iPads material from archives and photographs that illuminate this event, also known as the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

This downtown tour visits some of the few remaining and spectacular buildings from the time of the World’s Fair. The fairgrounds themselves were south of downtown, but you can best see the impact of the fair in the Loop. Here the architecture and landscape still show the World’s Fair imprint even today, nearly 125 years later. And beyond just looking at buildings from outside, our mostly indoor walking tour sees the beauty of architectural details within.

On this walking tour, you will eat a couple light snacks (we used to call this a “food tour” but have minimized the food, just fyi in case you’re reading reviews on Yelp or TripAdvisor). Plus, you can opt to get drinks (on you), too!

You can think of this 3-hour-long walking tour as being 5% outdoors, 95% indoors, 20% clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts, 10% drinking time, and 100% awesome historical tour time. We know the math doesn’t add up – we hope you get the idea!

With just intermittent walks outside, the 1893 World’s Fair Tour makes for a great walking tour in all seasons. This tour makes the World’s Fair’s lasting impact come to life. We hope you’ll join us!

Walking Tour Highlights
  • Colorful mosaics in a hotel built for the 1893 World’s Fair
  • The sweeping grand lobby of the Auditorium Building
  • Ride one of the downtown’s last human-operated elevators
  • A secret building hidden in an alley
  • See the Monadnock Building, a landmark early skyscraper
  • The opulent Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, once an exclusive men’s club

Stories and Ideas

  • The rapid changes in culture around the turn of the century
  • The 1893 Fair’s array of foods and even food sculpture
  • Parlor songs of the past
  • The beginnings of consumer culture and advertising
  • Amusements on the Midway at the 1893 World’s Fair

1893 World’s Fair Tour Includes:

  • Professional tour guide commentary
  • Shared iPads with historic photos
  • Light snacks
  • Game prizes and gifts

Reservation Does Not Include:

  • Drinks: At the tour meeting spot, we welcome you to get a drink at the bar before check-in. To streamline the tour, we take your order and cash for your second drink at check-in ($6 for beer, $8 for wine, includes gratuity). At the third drink stop, you may independently purchase a beer, wine, or cocktail of your choice.
  • Dietary restrictions: two small snacks are included. We may be able to accommodate vegetarians. If you are gluten-free, dairy-free, or have other allergies, we cannot make substitutions.
  • Tour guide gratuity.
Walking distance: 0.9 mile

  • Duración : 3 Horas (aproximadamente)
Desde USD 40,00 US$

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Architecture Walking Tour for Design Lovers

Architecture Walking Tour for Design Lovers

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

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 Architecture Walking Tour for Design Lovers 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.

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 introduce you to 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 andTripAdvisor.

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 Walking 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

  • Duración : 90 Minutos (aproximadamente)
Desde USD 22,00 US$

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Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food

Old Polonia and Wicker Park Walking Tour with Food

We will explore the past and present of the people, architecture, and foods of these vibrant and changing neighborhoods of Noble Square and Wicker Park.

Wicker Park Walking Tour Overview

On this Wicker Park walking tour, we will explore the past and present of the people, architecture, and foods of two vibrant and changing neighborhoods. In addition to Wicker Park, we tour Noble Square. This Chicago neighborhood was once known as “Old Polonia” and is located within the West Town neighborhood.

Wicker Park has been studied by sociologists around the world for its rapid transformation in the ’80s and ’90s. Wicker Park had been home to gang bangers, drug addicts and prostitutes. Instead today it is often ranked in lists of “Coolest Neighborhoods” in America. Now neighboring Ukrainian Village and Noble Square have been moving in the same direction, too.

The Chicago Detours kind of food tour means that beyond just eating, we are going to really learn. To have a more meaningful connection with the places we visit, stories on this walking tour range from the voyage of Polish immigrants to the “bard of the down-and-outer” of Nelson Algren, to the “Die Yuppie Scum” graffiti of the ’90s gentrification movement.

Our walking tour starts at the former “Polish Broadway” with a visit inside a stunning Polish Catholic Church, filled with paintings, gold leaf details, and sweeping arches. Our walk around the Old Polonia neighborhood reveals clues to incredible contrasts of old and new, like a taqueria in a building from a 1930s hamburger joint or one of Chicago’s last newspaper stands. Over a huitlacoche quesadilla with home-made tortillas, we consider Mexican immigration to Chicago and Ashland Avenue’s “taco row.” Then we sample home-style Polish food in a restaurant that feels just like going to visit your Polish grandmother.

We take the CTA up to the Damen stop to stroll through the blooming park of Wicker Park (guests bring their own train cards). In this vibrant park we begin to see the neighborhood mix of people, before wandering down “Beer Baron Row” to see massive 19th century mansions. For this Wicker Park walking tour, you’ll hear the history of the Turkish Baths, which often peeks interest from Blue Line riders that see it from the CTA train. We’ll consume the new school vibe of the hip neighborhood with a gourmet doughnut from Stan’s Donuts. And our tour concludes by the massive gears of a bank vault, now a Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

The 2.5-hour-long tour will run weekly on Fridays at 11:00am from June 17-Sep 16. It is led by Amanda Scotese, the Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Detours.
 

Wicker Park Walking Tour Highlights

  • Step inside a dazzling Catholic Church
  • Walk by Gilded Age mansions on “Beer Baron Row”
  • Eat Polish food like grandma used to make
  • See writer Nelson Algren’s home
  • Step inside a bank vault, now a pharmacy

Stories and Ideas

  • Old Polonia, aka “Polish Downtown”
  • What old Wicker Park was like
  • Mexican immigration to Chicago
  • The ’90s gentrification of Wicker Park
  • Current changes in Chicago neighborhoods

Wicker Park Walking Tour Includes

  • Expert guide commentary
  • Special Gifts
  • Tastings at top-rated establishments:
    • Lovely Bakery
    • Authentaco
    • Podhalanka
    • Stan’s Donuts

 Tickets Do Not Include

CTA train fare – you must bring your own Ventra card for one train ride with the tour group.

  • Duración : 150 Minutos (aproximadamente)
Desde USD 45,00 US$

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