Our Chicago History & Architecture Tour is a highly unique excursion that highlights the finest of everything that Chicago has to offer all combined into one walking tour.
After a brief introduction, guests embark on this highly unique “urban safari,” designed to examine some of the historical wonders and architectural gems scattered across the city.
Duration: 3 Hours
Distance: 1.25 Miles
Winter Season Tour
As you explore the recesses of the Pedway inside its numerous passageways, enjoy great history stories and stops along the route to interesting venues like Millennium Station, Chicago Cultural Center, Macy’s, Daley Center, and City Hall.
After City Hall, it is outside to scrutinize some of the world’s surviving first modern skyscrapers! Learn about Chicago’s role in these architectural monuments and view three shining examples of the early skyscraper with stops at the Marquette, Monadnock, and Rookery buildings.
Early in the Chicago architecture tour, you experience the hubbub of Millennium train station serving the city’s south suburbs. Can you guess what famous blockbuster film that made its debut in 2008 shot a famous scene in Millennium Station?
At the Cultural Center, view the world’s largest Tiffany Dome while listening to stories about the Tiffany family of New York. Only one block away, we view the world’s largest Tiffany Ceiling in Macy’s Department Store.
The Daley Center is replete with stories of Chicago’s past and present, and not to mention the spot leading to the demise of the infamous “Blues Mobile” featured in the Blues Brothers movie. City Hall’s lobby is not only breathtaking but hurried and full of bustle as politicians make their way to and from the Mayor’s Office or Chicago City Council Chambers located on the second floor.
From the friendly and cozy confines of City Hall, we outside to hunt down some of the city’s, and perhaps world’s, first skyscrapers! First up is the Holabird and Roche jewel – Marquette Building. You’ll not only be taken in by its incredible exterior but truly awed by its stunning interior.
From there, we proceed south on Dearborn to the fabulous Monadnock Building – the crossroads of old and new world architecture. You literally take a stroll back in time as we head inside and walk the timeless lobby of the Monadnock that dates back to 1891.
And lastly, the piece de resistance of Chicago Architecture – the fabulous Rookery Building located at 209 south LaSalle in the heart of the Loop and next door to the the world’s oldest futures and options exchange – Chicago Board of Trade.
A restroom break and snack stop are included in this exclusive tour of Chicago’s history and famous buildings.