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Cruise from Your Couch Virtual Boat Tour × × × × × × ×
Cruise from Your Couch Virtual Boat Tour

Cruise from Your Couch Virtual Boat Tour

Cruise the Chicago River, admire its incredible views, and hear fascinating stories of Chicago history from the safety and comfort of your couch.

Experience the beautiful architecture along Chicago's river in this virtual presentation using 360-views in Google Street View. Your expert tour guide will share forgotten stories of Chicago's waterways, environment, transportation history and architectural masterpieces. 

In this 50 minute experience, led via Zoom you will:

  • See relics of Chicago's industrial past on the South Branch of the river
  • Use immersive photos to go inside some of the beautiful buildings you pass
  • View a wide range of architectural styles, from brick warehouses to Art Deco to contemporary skyscrapers
  • Hear little-known stories from Chicago history
  • Have the option to play an interactive game of clue-based bingo as you watch

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  • Duration : 60 Minutes (approx.)
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"Hidden Architecture of Ravenswood " × × × × × × ×
"Hidden Architecture of Ravenswood "

"Hidden Architecture of Ravenswood "

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekends, 1:00pm-1:50pm CST.

Ravenswood is a neighborhood full of history, industry, arts, and culture, which our tour guide Marie will give you a glimpse of in this 50-minute virtual tour. See the elegant residential neighborhood where the poet Carl Sandburg lived, admire historic churches, and gape at towering turn-of-the-century industrial buildings.

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"Neighborhood Detour: Bridgeport, Chicago's Oldest Neighborhood" × × × × × × ×
"Neighborhood Detour: Bridgeport, Chicago's Oldest Neighborhood"

"Neighborhood Detour: Bridgeport, Chicago's Oldest Neighborhood"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekends, 1:00pm-1:50pm CST.

Bridgeport is the oldest neighborhood outside of downtown Chicago. Join our Executive Director Amanda on this virtual tour which shows its evolution from hardscrabble roots to industrial powerhouse and beyond. She'll highlight its slowly-rehabbing warehouse buildings, the modest private club where Mayor Daley honed his chops, a house that looks like a fairytale castle, a church converted into a Buddhist temple, and the infamous Bubbly Creek--still gurgling with pollution half a century after the Stock Yards closed.


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"Top Five Most Beautiful Overlooked Chicago Buildings" × × × × × × ×
"Top Five Most Beautiful Overlooked Chicago Buildings"

"Top Five Most Beautiful Overlooked Chicago Buildings"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Chicago is known for its plethora of beautiful buildings, but iconic favorites like Aqua and the Carbide and Carbon Building show up on every "best in town" list. Our tour guide Alex will spotlight some beauties that are too-often overlooked in this Historic Happy Hour presentation.


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"Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair: Part 2" × × × × × × ×
"Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair: Part 2"

"Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair: Part 2"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

The 1893 World's Fair lives in popular imagination like no other event in Chicago's history. Join our Executive Director, Amanda, as she highlights the industrial, engineering, and gastronomical inventions that wowed visitors to Chicago's White City.


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The Secrets of Chicago Private Clubs × × × × × × ×
The Secrets of Chicago Private Clubs

The Secrets of Chicago Private Clubs

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Private social clubs have been a staple of Chicago's high society since the Gilded Age. Our Executive Director, Amanda, will highlight their distinctive architectural form and share a sense of how one joined a private club, share a peek of a pub hidden away from the public, and give a sense of what the swanky soirées were like..


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"Detour from Chicago: Washington County, Wisconsin" × × × × × × ×
"Detour from Chicago: Washington County, Wisconsin"

"Detour from Chicago: Washington County, Wisconsin"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Two hours away, just northwest of Milwauke, lies a true "Detour from Chicago." Here the rolling glacial landscapes are dotted with dairy farms, and easily explored on the National Scenic Ice Age Trail. This free "Travel Tuesday" edition of our Historic Happy Hour shares details of the region's hearty food at historic supper clubs, explains the lively Wisconsin bar culture, and features a (virtual) climb to a dramatic shrine. It looks like its straight out of the French countryside!


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"Five Trailblazing Chicago Inventors" × × × × × × ×
"Five Trailblazing Chicago Inventors"

"Five Trailblazing Chicago Inventors"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Chicago's manufacturing and commercial prowess has drawn brilliant minds to the Windy City for 150 years, which means tons of world-chaning inventions and ideas. For this free Historic Happy Hour, our tour guide Marie looks at the lives of influential figures, like Dr. Bernard Fantus, the inventor of blood banks. You'll also learn about people whose ubiquitous inventions didn't earn them their deserved fame, like Margaret Vinci Heldt, the creator of the beehive hairdo.


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Chicago History Crash Course × × × × × × ×
Chicago History Crash Course

Chicago History Crash Course

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide.

Want to know more about the story of Chicago in one quick go? This fun and concise history will hit on the big bullet points of Chicago history you can see in the landscape around us today. Topics range from railroads and labor unrest to Chicago blues and our diverse neighborhoods.


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  • Duration : 30 Minutes (approx.)
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"Stories of Five Classic Pizza Joints" × × × × × × ×
"Stories of Five Classic Pizza Joints"

"Stories of Five Classic Pizza Joints"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Pizza is the defining food of Chicago. We're world-famous for it, and we've got more than deep-dish style. On this free Historic Happy Hour talk Executive Director Amanda virtually swings by five classic pizza joints around town, detailing their stories and what makes their pizzas deliciously distinct.


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"Neighborhood Detour: Uptown " × × × × × × ×
"Neighborhood Detour: Uptown "

"Neighborhood Detour: Uptown "

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekends, 1:00pm-1:50pm CST.

Uptown is a neighborhood that almost defies description. It's a hotbed of jazz in the past and present. The gorgeous Graceland Cemetery, known as the "cemetery of architects," holds the moral remains of countless notable Chicagoans. The neighborhood is one of Chicago's most diverse, with some of the best African restaurants in the city just blocks away from Argyle Street, known as "Little Saigon." On this free virtual tour Executive Director Amanda will tour the neighborhood using Google Street View to highlight neighborhood architecture and history.


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Awesome Blocks for a Walk in Lakeview × × × × × × ×
Awesome Blocks for a Walk in Lakeview

Awesome Blocks for a Walk in Lakeview

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekends, 1:00pm-1:50pm CST.

Our tour guide Alex will take you on a free virtual tour to Lakeview. With 360-degree Google Street View images, you'll virtually cruise down Alta Vista Terrace, a block that feels straight out of London. You'll also tour view grand homes from the 1890s-1920s, strips of rowhouses, early apartment buildings, and mid-century highrises. He'll also point out the lesser known architectural highlights of Boystown and Wrigleyville.


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"Detour from Chicago: Indiana Dunes and the Homes of Tomorrow" × × × × × × ×
"Detour from Chicago: Indiana Dunes and the Homes of Tomorrow"

"Detour from Chicago: Indiana Dunes and the Homes of Tomorrow"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

The Indiana Dunes have been a premier detour from Chicago for over a century. Our tour guide Alex will share the history of how this remarkable lakefront landscape survived amidst the surrounding industrial landscape. Nestled among the state and national parks are the "Homes of Tomorrow," which were exhibited at the 1933 World's Fair. Using Google Street View images on this tour, you'll then travel to historic Chesterton for a bite to eat and some interesting ghost signs.


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"Five Chicago Outsider Artists" × × × × × × ×
"Five Chicago Outsider Artists"

"Five Chicago Outsider Artists"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Chicago has a long-standing (and somewhat stuffy) art scene, but our Third Coast scene has cultivated more than its fair share of outsider artists. Our tour guide Marie will highlight five of them in this free Historic Happy Hour talk, including Pauline Simon, a self-taught artist and badass women of Chicago history, and world-renowned outsider artists like Henry Darger and Wesley Willis.


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"Chicago's Earliest Buildings, from Wigwams to Taverns" × × × × × × ×
"Chicago's Earliest Buildings, from Wigwams to Taverns"

"Chicago's Earliest Buildings, from Wigwams to Taverns"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

The architecture of Old Chicago, before the Great Fire, is utterly unlike the city we know today. Hard as it is to imagine, temporary wigwams and humble log cabins once stood where skyscrapers now soar above the prairie. This free Historic Happy Hour, part of our on-going Chicago Architecture Crash Course, will transport you back to the days of the Pottawatomi village and pioneer outposts.


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"Historic Bars of Logan Square" × × × × × × ×
"Historic Bars of Logan Square"

"Historic Bars of Logan Square"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.


Logan Square has a fantastic collection of historic bars, attracting contemporary drinkers while pointing to the area's fascinating past. This free Historic Happy Hour, hosted by our Executive Director Amanda, will (virtually) stop by beloved haunts like Fireside Bowl, Rosa's Lounge, and Weegee's Lounge.

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"World Detour to Western Sicily" × × × × × × ×
"World Detour to Western Sicily"

"World Detour to Western Sicily"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Before starting Chicago Detours, Executive Director Amanda worked for a decade as a tour guide for American groups traveling around Italy. She'll share a one-hour talk sharing the stunning architecture, deep history, dramatic landscapes, and lots of food on the Western half of the island. Sites will include Palermo, Bagheria, Trapani, San Vito lo Capo, Selinunte and the island of Favignana.


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"Neighborhood Detour: Irving Park" × × × × × × ×
"Neighborhood Detour: Irving Park"

"Neighborhood Detour: Irving Park"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekends, 1:00pm-1:50pm CST.

The "old" in the name doesn't come from nothing! For this free virtual tour we will focus on the West section of one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. We'll virtually visit a coffee shop with Hungarian food, a brewery in a former Masonic Temple, enchanted gardens, Prairie Style homes, and one of Chicago's most famous bbq joints.


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"Secret Pasts of Ravenswood Buildings" × × × × × × ×
"Secret Pasts of Ravenswood Buildings"

"Secret Pasts of Ravenswood Buildings"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekends, 1:00pm-1:50pm CST.


Ravenswood is full of secrets! Many buildings are older than they appear and vanished organizations lurk on every street. So this free virtual tour explores the forgotten stories behind neighborhood buildings. Our tour guide Marie, a Ravenswood resident, unearths the unexpected stories behind both everyday and spectacular buildings in this free Virtual Tour.

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LGBT Chicago History in 1893 Virtual Tour × × × × × × ×
LGBT Chicago History in 1893 Virtual Tour

LGBT Chicago History in 1893 Virtual Tour

Discover the lasting legacy of the 1893 World's Fair, plus some fascinating stories of turn-of-the-century LGBT Chicagoans.

For this special LGBT Chicago history virtual tour, you will hear stories of gay and lesbian history from the 19th-century, set against the backdrop of the 1893 World's Fair Tour. The tour digs into how and why the World's Columbian Exposition still captures imaginations more than 125 years later, while illuminating the LGBT history of Chicago. 

LGBT HISTORY IN CHICAGO 1893 WORLD'S FAIR TOUR DETAILS

On this LGBT Chicago history virtual tour, you'll glimpse beautiful architectural spaces from the era of the 1893 World's Fair. As you learn about the fair's impact on Chicago, your tour guide will also share the stories of some gay and lesbian men and women from turn-of-the-20th-century Chicago. Several of the buildings on the tour have strong connections to both the World's Fair and LGBT Chicago history.

Along with guide commentary, your professional tour guide will use Zoom's share screen function to show you archival images that illuminate the World's Fair. In addition, we'll highlight the ways in which gay and lesbian Chicagoans met and made their voices heard at some of these historic locations, like the Fine Arts Building and the Chicago Athletic Association. While this won't be a comprehensive LGBT history tour, we wanted to shine a light on this under-appreciated aspect of the past.

ABOUT YOUR TOUR GUIDE:
This LGBT-themed Chicago History tour will be led by Chicago Detours tour guide Marie. She studied gender and sexuality in Chicago history at the University of Illinois at Chicago's doctoral program. She developed the queer history content for this tour by drawing on the work of Gregory Sprague, Sukie St. De La Croix, Tracy Baim, Jennie Brier & Jill Austin.

VIRTUAL TOURS OF CHICAGO

Virtual tours are a fun and safe way to stay connected with your team, friends or family. During a virtual tour, you and your group will explore topics in architecture, food history, or jazz and blues, in both downtown Chicago and our diverse neighborhoods while interacting with each other.

Visit our Virtual Team Building page to book a private tour.

We now also offer Virtual Field Trips for kids.

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Conversations with Chicagoans: Phil from Cape Horn Illustrations × × × × × × ×
Conversations with Chicagoans: Phil from Cape Horn Illustrations

Conversations with Chicagoans: Phil from Cape Horn Illustrations

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

We're kicking off our series of Conversations with Chicagoans by chatting with Phil Thompson of Cape Horn Illustration. This free 30-minute Q&A session will let Phil introduce his work and field questions from our tour guide, Alex, and a limited number of guests.


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"Conversations with Chicagoans: Sara Chapman" × × × × × × ×
"Conversations with Chicagoans: Sara Chapman"

"Conversations with Chicagoans: Sara Chapman"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Join our latest Conversations with Chicagoans where our Executive Director, Amanda, will chat with Sara Chapman, the Executive Director of the Media Burn Archive. They'll discuss her work preserving Chicago's media hertiage, such the invaluable recordings of Studs Terkel. Audience size is limited, but guests will be able to participate in a Q&A with Sara.


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"Conversations with Chicagoans: Elizabeth Blasius" × × × × × × ×
"Conversations with Chicagoans: Elizabeth Blasius"

"Conversations with Chicagoans: Elizabeth Blasius"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Learn about the contemporary and future battles in historic preservation in this free conversation with architectural historian and preservationist Elizabeth Blasius. In conversation with our tour guide, Alex, she'll share the details of her work relatin to recovery and mitigation of the historic built environment during a natural disaster, event of climate violence, or terrorist attack. While there are a limited number of spaces available, guests can participate in an active Q&A session.


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"Travel Tuesday: Washington County, Wisconsin" × × × × × × ×
"Travel Tuesday: Washington County, Wisconsin"

"Travel Tuesday: Washington County, Wisconsin"

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Two hours away, just northwest of Milwaukee, lies a true "Detour from Chicago." Here the rolling glacial landscapes are dotted with dairy farms, and easily explored on the National Scenic Ice Age Trail. This free "Travel Tuesday" edition of our Historic Happy Hour shares details of the region's hearty food at historic supper clubs, explains the lively Wisconsin bar culture, and features a (virtual) climb to a dramatic shrine. It looks like its straight out of the French countryside!


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Five Groundbreaking Chicago Writers × × × × × × ×
Five Groundbreaking Chicago Writers

Five Groundbreaking Chicago Writers

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Chicago writers have shaped literature, poetry, television, advertising - you name the medium, and the Windy City's wordsmiths have made their mark. In this week's "People's Stories" Marie will introduce you to five writers who blazed trails in their own unique ways, from Pulitzer-winning journalist Achy Obejas to the "queen of the soaps" Irna Phillips.


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The Great Chicago Fire and the Gilded Age × × × × × × ×
The Great Chicago Fire and the Gilded Age

The Great Chicago Fire and the Gilded Age

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Join the third installment of our Architecture Crash Course series to learn about the most famous event in Chicago's history: the Great Chicago Fire. We'll recount how the conflagration destroyed the "First City" of Chicago and examine the ambitious architecture which replaced it in Gilded Age Chicago.


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Baseball Curses: Black Sox & the Billy Goat × × × × × × ×
Baseball Curses: Black Sox & the Billy Goat

Baseball Curses: Black Sox & the Billy Goat

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

This free Historic Happy Hour turns an eye to the stories some of our long-suffering baseball fans know all too well. We'll step back in time to 1919 and the story of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the infamous Black Sox scandal and the (sorry, South Side) even more infamous Curse of the Billy Goat, which goes back to Wrigleyville circa 1945.


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Hidden Architecture of the West Loop's Fulton Market × × × × × × ×
Hidden Architecture of the West Loop's Fulton Market

Hidden Architecture of the West Loop's Fulton Market

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekends, 1:00pm-1:50pm CST.

Fulton Market has gone from meatpacking to Michelin stars in the blink of an eye. This virtual tour explores the recent transformation of the district, looking at current construction, historic preservations battles, and neighborhood odditie


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Conversations: Elizabeth Blasius from Preservation Futures × × × × × × ×
Conversations: Elizabeth Blasius from Preservation Futures

Conversations: Elizabeth Blasius from Preservation Futures

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Learn about the contemporary and future battles in historic preservation in this free conversation with architectural historian and preservationist Elizabeth Blasius. In conversation with our tour guide, Alex, she'll share the details of her work relatin to recovery and mitigation of the historic built environment during a natural disaster, event of climate violence, or terrorist attack. While there are a limited number of spaces available, guests can participate in an active Q&A session.


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Detour from Chicago: Michigan's West Coast × × × × × × ×
Detour from Chicago: Michigan's West Coast

Detour from Chicago: Michigan's West Coast

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Visit one of the classic Chicago weekend getaway destinations: the west coast of Michigan. Join our tour guide Alex, a native Michigander, on a visit to the charming city of Holland, famous for its annual tulip festival, and Saugatuck, another Lake Michigan resort town, sometimes called "the Fire Island of the Midwest."


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"Five Black Chicagoans Who Broke Barriers" × × × × × × ×
"Five Black Chicagoans Who Broke Barriers"

"Five Black Chicagoans Who Broke Barriers"

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In our "People's Stories" series this week, we will talk about five black Chicagoans who made history. Hear about 19th century abolitionist leader Mary Jane Richardson Jones, Bronzeville banker and entrepreneur Jesse Binga, and more.


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"The First Chicago School of Architecture" × × × × × × ×
"The First Chicago School of Architecture"

"The First Chicago School of Architecture"

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In Part 4 of the Architecture Crash Course, Alex will discuss the architects behind Chicago's earliest skyscrapers, and define the groundbreaking style known as "the First Chicago School." Expect to hear about heavy hitters like William LeBaron Jenney, Daniel Burnham, and Louis Sullivan.


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"Forgotten History of Chicago Festivals" × × × × × × ×
"Forgotten History of Chicago Festivals"

"Forgotten History of Chicago Festivals"

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Take a virtual trip to the Grant Park with us for a historic tour through Chicago's fun summer festivals. Learn about the origins of favorites like Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza, as well as historic festivals no longer around.


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Neighborhood Detour: Bridgeport Part 3: Work × × × × × × ×
Neighborhood Detour: Bridgeport Part 3: Work

Neighborhood Detour: Bridgeport Part 3: Work

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For Part 3 in a four-part series on Chicago's oldest neighborhood, we'll virtually visit the industrial architecture and other places of work. Included are the country's first planned industrial district and trapped-in-time-bank, the Wrigley gum plant (now under demolition), and the retail strips on Halsted and Morgan streets. You'll also hear the past and present of the Bridgeport Art Center and the Zhou B Art Center.


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World Detour to Eastern Sicily × × × × × × ×
World Detour to Eastern Sicily

World Detour to Eastern Sicily

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Before starting Chicago Detours, Executive Director Amanda worked for a decade as a tour guide for American groups traveling around Italy. We'll visit the dramatic landscapes and history of the Eastern side of the island, including Catania, Siracusa, and small medieval hill towns. This will include lots of food!!!


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"Bridgeport Neighborhood Detour Part 2: Home" × × × × × × ×
"Bridgeport Neighborhood Detour Part 2: Home"

"Bridgeport Neighborhood Detour Part 2: Home"

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For Part 2 in a four-part series on Chicago's oldest neighborhood, we'll virtually visit the historic spaces of Bridgeport home and family life, from workers cottages to churches and funeral homes. You'll also see the famed home of Mayor Richard J. Daley, and a contemporary live/work home designed by a couple who are architects. Part 3 is Work, Part 4 is Play.


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LGBTQ Pride History Tour × × × × × × ×
LGBTQ Pride History Tour

LGBTQ Pride History Tour

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekends, 1:00pm-1:50pm CST.

To celebrate Pride Month, tour guide Marie will take you on a virtual tour of the historic spaces of LGBTQ Chicago history, in neighborhoods North to South. Learn about the oldest gay neighborhood in Chicago, the house where the country's first gay rights organization began, LGBTQ connections to the 1893 World's Fair and more.


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Conversations: Martha Bayne of Belt & South Side Weekly × × × × × × ×
Conversations: Martha Bayne of Belt & South Side Weekly

Conversations: Martha Bayne of Belt & South Side Weekly

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Learn about historic and contemporary issues facing writers working in independent media with Martha Bayne. In conversation with our tour guide, Alex, she'll share the details of her work both with publishing company Belt, which highlights Midwestern writers spotlighting issues relevant to the Rust Belt, and with the local nonprofit newspaper South Side Weekly. Spots are capped at 50, and guests can participate in an active Q&A session.


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Detours from Chicago: Washington County, Wisconsin × × × × × × ×
Detours from Chicago: Washington County, Wisconsin

Detours from Chicago: Washington County, Wisconsin

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Two hours away, just northwest of Milwaukee, lies a true "Detour from Chicago." Here the rolling glacial landscapes are dotted with dairy farms, and easily explored on the National Scenic Ice Age Trail. This free "Travel Tuesday" edition of our Historic Happy Hour shares details of the region's hearty food at historic supper clubs, explains the lively Wisconsin bar culture, and features a (virtual) climb to a dramatic shrine. It looks like its straight out of the French countryside!


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Five Contentious Chicago Monuments & Names × × × × × × ×
Five Contentious Chicago Monuments & Names

Five Contentious Chicago Monuments & Names

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Our history is all around us, in place names, statues and memorials. How we honor the past in the present is controversial. Join tour guide Marie for a look at five places in Chicago where the collision of past and present has yielded complex conversations. She'll touch upon Chicago's most contentious sites today, including Columbus statue and the Confederate mound.


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Urban Planning: the White City to Wacker Drive × × × × × × ×
Urban Planning: the White City to Wacker Drive

Urban Planning: the White City to Wacker Drive

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Chicago is a mecca for architecture, including the most macro element of architecture - urban planning. The architectural style of the the 1893 World's Fair had influence around the country for decades. Learn about how the Plan of Chicago created the layered city we have today, and the ideas behind the creation of our massive grid system.


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Wright's Philosophies & the Prairie School × × × × × × ×
Wright's Philosophies & the Prairie School

Wright's Philosophies & the Prairie School

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Prairie School buildings smashed through traditional architectural aesthetics in the early 20th century. Part six of our Chicago Architecture Crash Course looks at this breathakingly modern style, especially the way its most famous practitioner, Frank Lloyd Wright, fused his personal philosophy into every building he designed.


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Conversation: 7/13 × × × × × × ×
Conversation: 7/13

Conversation: 7/13

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In our ongoing Conversations series, we'll have a live chat with a featured guest who interprets the stories of Chicago history and architecture through art, photography, artifacts, advocacy, archives, literature and journalism. Capped at 50 registrants. Featured guest to be announced.


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The Glamorous Art Deco Age × × × × × × ×
The Glamorous Art Deco Age

The Glamorous Art Deco Age

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Architecture is often said to represent the zeitgeist--the spirit of the age. Perhaps no style has better reflected its age than Art Deco in the Jazz Age. Part eight of our Chicago Architecture Crash Course revels in this glamorous style, explaining its aesthetic breakthroughs and highlighting beautiful examples of it in the Loop and beyond.


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The Human Experience of Mies & Modernism × × × × × × ×
The Human Experience of Mies & Modernism

The Human Experience of Mies & Modernism

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The International Style of Modernism, popularized by Mies van der Rohe in Chicago, was de rigeur for corporate and civic architecture in the decades after World War II. Yet many then and now found the style cold, sterile, and institutional. Part nine of our Chicago Architecture Crash Course will look at the Humanist influences on Mies's famously simple style, illuminating how it reflected a certain strain of utopianism.


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Urban Crisis: Redevelopment & Historic Preservation × × × × × × ×
Urban Crisis: Redevelopment & Historic Preservation

Urban Crisis: Redevelopment & Historic Preservation

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The narrative of Chicago's architectural history is often interpreted as a grand march of progress from one style to the next, each reaching a new height. Part ten of our Chicago Architecture Crash Course will look at the decades when this narrative seemed to stop dead in its tracks, during the "urban crisis" of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. We'll look into why so many parts of the city were razed, how national and local politics influenced the rebuilding, and how one man's tragic death galvanized Chicago's historic preservation movement.


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Conversation: Karen Hawkins from the Chicago Readers 7/27 × × × × × × ×
Conversation: Karen Hawkins from the Chicago Readers  7/27

Conversation: Karen Hawkins from the Chicago Readers 7/27

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

Join our ongoing Conversations series, for a chat with Karen Hawkins, co-editor in chief of the Chicago Reader and owner and founder of feminist media company Rebellious Magazine for Women. Capped at 50 registrants.


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Conversation: 7/20: Eric Allix Rogers × × × × × × ×
Conversation: 7/20:  Eric Allix Rogers

Conversation: 7/20: Eric Allix Rogers

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

In our ongoing Conversations series, we'll have a live chat with a featured guest who interprets the stories of Chicago history and architecture through art, photography, artifacts, advocacy, archives, literature and journalism. Capped at 50 registrants. Featured guest to be announced.


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Conversation: Eric from FLW Building Conservancy × × × × × × ×
Conversation: Eric from FLW Building Conservancy

Conversation: Eric from FLW Building Conservancy

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

In our ongoing Conversations series, we'll have a live chat with Eric Allix Rogers, the Events and Communications Manager for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the former Manager of Open House Chicago. We'll discuss his work experiences and vast catalog of Chicago architecture photos.


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Bodaciously Brutalist & "Shoulder Pads" Postmodernism × × × × × × ×
Bodaciously Brutalist & "Shoulder Pads" Postmodernism

Bodaciously Brutalist & "Shoulder Pads" Postmodernism

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-6:30pm CST.

The architecture that comes after modernism tends to have only two reactions. People either utterly despise Brutalism and Postmodernism or they think there's just nothing better. Part eleven of our Chicago Architecture Crash Course will leave the judgments up to you, focusing on why architectects leapt to new materials and new forms in the late 20th century.


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Chicago Homes from Workers Cottages to McMansions × × × × × × ×
Chicago Homes from Workers Cottages to McMansions

Chicago Homes from Workers Cottages to McMansions

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Architectural history tends to focus heavily on monumental structures, like Chicago's famed skyscrapers. We want to change the perspective in part seven of our Chicago Architecture Crash, looking at the evolution of the city's housing stock from the workers' cottages of the 1800s to the McMansions of the present day.


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The Contemporary City × × × × × × ×
The Contemporary City

The Contemporary City

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The final installment of our Chicago Architecture Crash Course catches up to the present day and examines the boom in computer-aided contemporary design. From the heights of the Vista Tower to the newly-accessible banks of the Chicago River, we'll see how new technologies and more diverse architects are reshaping the city of today.


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Neighborhood Detour: Bridgeport Part 4: Play × × × × × × ×
Neighborhood Detour: Bridgeport Part 4: Play

Neighborhood Detour: Bridgeport Part 4: Play

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekends, 1:00pm-1:55pm CST.

To culminate our four-part series on Chicago's oldest neighborhood, we will explore the places of fun, like parks, restaurants, and bars. We'll talk about the plans to revive the Ramova Theater, the fascinating story behind Palmisano Park, and neighborhood favorites like Bridgeport Bakery and Shinnick's bar. 


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A Deep Slice of Chicago Food History Book Now Available × × × × × ×
A Deep Slice of Chicago Food History

A Deep Slice of Chicago Food History

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm CST.

Mmmmm… we’re getting hungry just thinking about all the delicious Chicago specialties this 50-minute virtual tour dives into. Chicago has no shortage of unique foods, from our world-famous deep-dish pizza and overloaded hot dogs to more bizarre traditions like the gym-shoe sandwich. During this fun, interactive tour led by Zoom, you will:

  • See how immigrants have shaped our cuisine

  • Discover the ongoing mystery of deep dish pizza’s true origins

  • Learn about unique Chicago creations like the "Mother-in-law" sandwich

  • Have the option to play a competitive game to design your own quintessential Chicago dish!


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Innovations at the 1893 World's Fair × × × × × × ×
Innovations at the 1893 World's Fair

Innovations at the 1893 World's Fair

Our virtual tours bring you the best of Chicago history and architecture, presented live via Zoom by a passionate professional tour guide. Weekdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm CST.

Delve into the history of the most famous event in Chicago history: the World's Colombian Exposition of 1893. This tour shares the inventions, engineering feats, and gastronomical exhibits that wowed visitors to the 1893 World’s Fair.

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