Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers

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  • Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Details :
    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA,
  • Return Details :
    Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings in this 2 hour tour. Learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement, and trace the history of lively architectural heritage.

Know More about this tour

During the period between the two World Wars, an eclectic design style developed that later became known as Art Deco, used to refer to a mix of styles from the 1920s and 1930s. Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Art Deco style infused the everyday world with an elegant style of cool sophistication.

Discover the origins of Art Deco while admiring buildings like the Carbide and Carbon Building (now the St. Jane Hotel), the Chicago Motor Club Building (now the Hampton Inn) and the colorful, but often overlooked, Trustees System Service Building (now the Century Tower)all of which are designated Chicago landmarks. Your tour ends at the Merchandise Mart.

Learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement, and trace the history of this short-lived but lively architectural heritage. Come and experience the very essence of Art Deco!

Itinerary:

CTA rapid transit stations: (walking distance from the following)

  • Adams/Wabash station for the Brown, Green, Orange and Purple Lines
  • Jackson/State Station for the Red Line
  • Jackson/Dearborn Station for the Blue Line

Walk east on Adams or Jackson to Michigan Avenue. At Adams, turn right (south) on Michigan Avenue.

CTA Bus Lines:

  • Take any CTA bus that travels downtown and intersects with (starting from the south) Van Buren, Jackson, Adams, Monroe, Madison, Washington or Randolph. Walk (or connect on a CTA bus) east to Michigan Avenue.
  • Free downtown trolley service is provided by the City of Chicago and serves most of Michigan Avenue, the Museum Campus, and Navy Pier and also connects to the train stations. Schedules vary by season.

ArchiCenter is operated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and is located at 224 South Michigan Avenue in the CAF’s Shop & Tour Center across from the Art Institute on the northwest corner of Jackson Boulevard at Michigan Avenue. Open 361 days a year from 9:30am-6:30pm Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-6:00pm Sundays. The ArchiCenter has free galleries and interpretive exhibits as well as a museum shop.

By Car:

  • Chicago's major expressways converge just west of the Loop. Exit at Congress Avenue and proceed east (this is also the eastbound extension of I-290)
  • Lakeshore Drive, from Hollywood in the north to Jackson Park in the south, follows the shoreline and is east of downtown. Exit at Bal

Commuter Trains:
Metra operates 11 suburban commuter lines serving downtown Chicago.

  • Ending at Union Station just west of the Loop and south of the Ogilvy Transportation Center: Heritage Corridor Line, North Central Service, Southwest Service, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Milwaukee District North&West Lines.
  • Ending at the Ogilvy Transportation Center (formerly the Northwestern Train Station) just west of the Loop and north of Union Station: Union Pacific North Line, Northwest Line and West Line. From these two stations it is a 20 minute walk east to Michigan Ave, or take a #20 or #56 eastbound CTA bus on Jackson Boulevard, or connect with the free trolley shuttle.
  • Ending at the LaSalle Street Station: The Rock Island District Line. Walk east on Van Buren to Michigan and then north on Michigan to Jackson.
  • Ending at the Randolph Street Station: The Metra Electric Line and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (South Shore Line). Get off at the Van Buren/Jackson Station (the stop before the end). From here, walk one block north on Michigan Avenue to Jackson.

Inclusions

Walking tour of Downtown Chicago Art Deco architecture

Narration by a professional and certified Guide

Tax

Exclusions

Hotel pick up and drop off

Storage for luggage or strollers

Coat check

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

The Chicago Architecture Center or CAC (formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation, CAF) is at the south end of the Magnificent Mile near the intersection of Michigan and Wacker. Open 361 days a year.

Tour Guides are trained and certified by the CAC. As volunteers, they are exceptionally motivated, enthusiastic, and capable interpreters of Chicago's world-class architectural legacy. CAC tours are the real deal - narrated, but not scripted, led by Chicago enthusiasts

Not recommended for young children

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