Our Chicago History & Architectural Tour is exactly as the name implies; the finest of everything that Chicago has to offer all combined into one tour.
Adults: $25.00 Seniors: $20.00 Children 12 and under: $20.00
Duration and Distance
About Summer Tour (June – October)
The tour begins at Peet’s Coffee & Tea – 400 North Michigan Avenue – Wrigley Building Plaza – across from Walgreen’s at 1:00 pm every Friday afternoon.
Tour ends at Chicago’s iconic “Rookery Building” – 209 South LaSalle Street. Perhaps, Chicago’s oldest and best example of the nation’s first modern skyscrapers!
On this highly unique tour our guests will; hear captivating stories about the city’s rich history, view and learn about some of Chicago’s most iconic architecture and artwork, stroll the “Loop” while listening to heartrending stories of some of the city’s worse disasters and experience the newly expanded Chicago River Walk – all for the price of one!
Come explore with us the newly expanded River Walk. Opening in 2017, 3 new “Rooms” (Jetty, Water Plaza and Boardwalk). All 3 rooms promise to make the River Walk an even more exciting place to have fun!
About Winter Tour (November-May)
The History and Architecture Tour begins sharply at 1:00 pm every Friday and departs from the Hyatt Regency Hotel – 151 East Upper Wacker – inside main lobby next to concierge desk
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. As guests explore the recesses of the Pedway inside its numerous passageways, they 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! Guests will learn Chicago’s role in these architectural monuments and view 3 shining examples of the early skyscraper with stops at the Marquette, Monadnock and “Rookery” Buildings.
Early in the tour, guests 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, guests will view the world’s largest Tiffany Dome while listening to stories about the Tiffany family of New York. Only one block away guests will 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 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, guests head 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. Guests will not only be taken in by its incredible exterior but truly awed by its stunning interior. From there, guests proceed south on Dearborn to the fabulous Monadnock Building – the crossroads of old and new world architecture. Guests will literally take a stroll back in time as they 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 snacks stop are included in this exclusive tour
Please call us to make a reservation if you are using a pre-paid voucher or gift card.