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  1. United States
  2. Illinois
  3. Chicago
  4. Millennium Park

Treasures of Chicago’s Golden Age: 2-hour Walking Tour

Product ID: 159689
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Discover many of Chicago's architectural landmark buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century. This tour through Chicago's famous Loop includes the dazzling interiors of Marshall Field’s, the Palmer House Hotel and the Chicago Cultural Center.

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About this activity
Duration 120 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Learn about the great architectural landmarks from the Golden Age (1890s-1930s) on Michigan Avenue and State Street
  • Hear about the city's architectural gems—museums, department stores, skyscrapers and concert halls—and the men and women who inspired them
  • Understand why Chicago was determined to become a great cultural metropolis after the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
  • See buildings designed by noted architects like Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan and Holabird and Roche
  • Learn from your local expert guide, trained by the Chicago Architecture Center – the city’s leading authority on architecture
Full description
This Historic Treasures of Chicago tour covers the most significant historic architectural landmarks in Chicago’s Loop. Your expert guide, trained by the Chicago Architecture Center, will focus on great cultural buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which harkened back to earlier time periods and were designed in revival styles such as Beaux Arts, neo-Georgian and neo-Gothic. Marvel at exteriors and interiors of dazzling beauty and startling originality, and get a glimpse inside some of the city's most beloved buildings. 
The highlights of this walking tour will include the Chicago Cultural Center, home to the world's largest Tiffany dome; the iconic Marshall Field's department store, now Macy's on State; and the Palmer House, a beautifully restored hotel from the 1920s. 
  • New: admission to the Chicago Architecture Center Exhibits
  • 2-hour walking tour
  • Chicago Architecture Center certified guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
  • Storage for luggage and strollers
  • Coat check
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Check in inside Chicago Architecture Center, 111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60601

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• 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
4.8 / 5
based on 33 reviews
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Chicago Architecture Foundation

Product ID: 159689