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Evolution of the Skyscraper: 90-Minute Chicago Walking Tour

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Evolution of the Skyscraper: 90-Minute Chicago Walking Tour

From US$ 30 per person

Chicago built some of the world’s first skyscrapers, with changing designs and technologies over time. Explore how these major developments came about, with examples from classic buildings to super-tall highrises from 1872 to the present.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Experience

The experience
  • Go on a journey through time to see how Chicago became the city it is today
  • Discover architecturally significant buildings in chronological order
  • Hear the story of the development of the city, from the exploration of the river to the present day
  • See how architectural technology has evolved over time and discover the unique designs in a variety of skyscrapers
  • Learn from your local expert guide, trained by the Chicago Architecture Center – the city’s leading authority on architecture
Full description
This 90-minute tour is a chronological overview of Chicago's architecture, starting with its growth on the Chicago River, its rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire and its development into a commercial and cultural hub. See how architects adapted building styles to meet the fashions of their era and used cutting-edge engineering to build taller than ever before. This tour is an enticing overview which introduces you to the most important stories of Chicago architecture. On this tour, you'll learn about the city's beginnings on the river, its rebirth after the Great Fire and its development into a commercial and cultural hub, all while viewing structures in the order they were built. These buildings—including the Page Brothers Building, Old Dearborn Bank, the Chicago Motor Club, the Carbide and Carbon Building, NBC Tower and more—tell the story of how architectural technology evolved over time. You'll see up close how each building has its own unique design, often reflecting the style that was popular or prevalent when it was constructed.
Includes
  • Includes admission to the Chicago Architecture Center Exhibits (new)
  • 90-minute walking tour
  • Certified guide from the Chicago Architecture Center
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Storage for luggage and strollers
  • Coat check
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Inside the Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

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  • This tour is unable to provide secure storage for luggage or strollers
  • Unfortunately there are no refunds due to the weather and tours depart rain or shine
  • Pets are not allowed, but service animals are welcome
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 5 reviews

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It was a modest but very informative walk that encompassed a few blocks around the Architecture Foundation Center. The Center itself has a very interesting miniature of the Chicago Loop and a good array of books and potential gifts in their 'store'. We had been on boat tours before, but this was the first walking tour. We really enjoyed the walk, the information and the questions we got to ask!

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August 30, 2021

Not enough info and detail in the teaching.

August 25, 2019

October 23, 2018

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