Chicago Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour

From

28 USD

Step inside magnificent lobbies, corridors and the underground Pedway passages on an in-depth Chicago interior architecture tour. The total walking distance is 0.5 miles.

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English
Having never been on any type of tour in Chicago before, we weren't sure what to expect. Wow! We were we blown away by all of the fascinating things we discovered while on our Interior Loop tour yesterday. Elizabeth was a FANTASTIC guide! Chicago architecture and history rolled up into a fun/informative walk. Loved it! Can't wait to try some of the other tours that they offer!

Read more

Highlights

  • See a church with stained-glass windows on a skyscraper
  • Check out the Chicago Picasso sculpture
  • Explore the network of Pedway underground passages
  • Pass the contemporary Block 37 development
  • Discover the Marshall Field’s department store
  • Admire sparkling Tiffany mosaics
  • Visit the Chicago Cultural Center

Check availability of the tour:

Description

This walking tour takes you along a creative route that weaves through buildings and secret shortcuts. 95% of the tour takes place inside, making it great for any weather.

Participants share iPads with archival images of maps, historical photos and documentary video clips while the guide shares stories of Chicago’s history.

Our fun and passionate 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 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. The next step is to enter the buildings and appreciate the architecture from new perspectives.

Tour starts inside the Marquette Building at 140 S. Dearborn. Walk Straight through the lobby and continue straight to the back of the exhibit space to find your tour guide. Please arrive 10–15 minutes early. Tour ends inside the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

Read more

What’s included & not included

  • Professional tour guide
  • Shared iPads with photos and videos
  • Chicago Pedway map
  • Special Chicago gifts

Meeting point

Meet inside the Marquette Building ( Walking Tour starts inside the Marquette Building at 140 S. Dearborn. Walk Straight through the lobby and continue straight to the back of the exhibit space to find your tour guide.)

Reviews from travellers (5)

5.0/5

S
Wonderful tour!
We had a wonderful time on our walking tour. It was enlightening and entertaining and we would gladly do it again. Thanks!
L
Loop Interior Tour...FANTASTIC!
Having never been on any type of tour in Chicago before, we weren't sure what to expect. Wow! We were we blown away by all of the fascinating things we discovered while on our Interior Loop tour yesterday. Elizabeth was a FANTASTIC guide! Chicago architecture and history rolled up into a fun/informative walk. Loved it! Can't wait to try some of the other tours that they offer!

B
Best Architecure Tour, absolutely the best
I went on a architecture tour with this group I consider myself an architecture enthusiast and I still learned so much. The tour was very professional and had aspects to suit anyone. The company had spent years going through archives and books to find information that even google cannot find for you. Plus we got to go into a church inside a 22 story skyscraper, the Chase bank headquarters, and even the Chicago pedway. The pedway is pretty much a series of tunnels under the city that goes for over 5 miles, plus the tunnel goes under buildings and is one of the coolest parts of the tour. The tour guide who's name is Alex Bean was funny and enthusiastic. I will never forget the eternal flame that was surrounded by pigeons who where using it to warm up. Mr Bean also told us that once a pigeon on fire flew over him when he was teaching a tour. All in all I highly reccomend this tour that helps you appreciate Chicago more than the average tourist.

This operator has 5 reviews for other tours

5.0/5

W
Chicago World's Fair of 1893 Tour
Amanda, our tour guide, really knew her history. She did a lot of research in order to put this fascinating tour together. Walking along and inside historical monuments, you'll learn how they connected to the1893's world fair, and developed afterwards. With the help of an iPad pictures are shown from the archives to illustrate the times and places we're informed about. Some nice games, played with your fellow walkers, give the right amount of distraction to keep you fresh and on your toes since it relies on your new found memories. The food and drinks are consumed in the most beautiful bars I've seen in Chicago (and will make you want to return there later on). So, a very good choice if you're looking for some fun & informative hours.

M
1893 Tour... Bravo!
As I spend most of my free time in the area this tour takes place in, I always appreciate new ways of seeing the seemingly familiar. This tour brought back a flood of memories for me and gave me access to buildings I've entered, yet never explored in depth. Amanda our guide, was a fact machine! As an avid follower of all things Chicago vintage (blogs etc), new facts and tales are always welcome.

I never knew the Berghoff had such delicious chili, another added bonus of course!

Looking forward to jumping on some of this company's other offerings down the road. This tour is a fun and engaging way to start one's exploration of Chicago.

A
Delightful way to tour the city
We attended the 1893 Worlds Fair Tour with Bars and Food. I thought I knew the city well, but my wife wanted to take the tour. Our tour guide, Amanda was extremely knowledgeable, kept our group entertained, moving along, and I learned a great deal about Chicago. Some of our interior tours included building I had spent time in, and in each case, she showed me things I had not seen or known about. The included food and drink was sufficient to count as dinner. We will be taking some of their other tours in the future. The 3 hour tour flew by.

Book from 
28 USD
  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
  • No booking fees
  • Pay by credit card or PayPal

Tour operated by: Chicago Detours