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Tickets for Historic Skyscrapers Walking Tour

Walk with a guide and learn the history of these architectural marvels!

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10:00 or 15:00
2 hours
  • Get the lowdown on the Windy City's amazing architecture with informative narration by a trained docent
  • Find out how Chicago's world-famous early tall buildings transformed a city devastated by fire into a hub for skyscraper design and engineering
  • See Burnham and Root's Rookery, Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium Building, Holabird and Roche's Marquette Building and more

Chicago might be called the Windy City, but you're about to learn why its skyscrapers are still standing strong. Walk with a guide from the 19th century to today, learn the history of these architectural masterpieces and find out how Chicago became a center of skyscraper design and engineering.

The architecture in Chicago is so striking that Batman's 'Gotham City' was based on it. They even filmed some of the movies here.

Join a trained docent and step back in time to the 19th century, when the now world-famous skyscrapers shot up and transformed a city previously devastated by fire.

Examine the Moorish and Romanesque exterior of Burnham and Root's Rookery (1888), and step into the stunning atrium.

Study Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium Building (1889), Holabird and Roche's Marquette Building (1895), and the Art Deco masterpiece that is Holabird and Root's Chicago Board of Trade Building (1930).

A must for anyone interested in architecture and engineering, or just something different to do on your trip to Chicago.

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Historic walking tour of Chicago's architecture
Narration by a professional and trained docent
See Burnham and Root's Rookery (1888), Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium Building (1889), Holabird and Roche's Marquette Building (1895), and Holabird and Root's Chicago Board of Trade Building (1930)

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Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S Michigan Ave, IL 60604, Chicago
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Getting There

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.

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