Explore the Riverwalk and listen as our guides describe the forging events that helped shape Chicago into one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Featured stories include the Fort Dearborn Massacre, Union Stockyards,…
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.
Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 1.5 Miles
About Summer Tours (June – October)
- The history and architecture tour of Chicago begins at Peet’s Coffee & Tea – 400 North Michigan Avenue – Wrigley Building Plaza – across from Walgreens at 1 p.m. 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, you 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 Riverwalk – all for the price of one!
- Come explore with us the newly expanded Riverwalk. Three new “Rooms,” Jetty, Water Plaza, and Boardwalk, were opened in 2017. All three rooms promise to make the Riverwalk an even more exciting place to have fun and find things to do in Chicago!
About Winter Tours (November-May)
- The History and Architecture Tour begins sharply at 1 p.m. every Friday and departs from the Hyatt Regency Hotel – 151 East Upper Wacker – inside the 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 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.