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Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers

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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.
Highlights
  • View the Chicago Board of Trade building, a National Historic Landmark 
  • See Chicago architecture from the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s 
  • Go inside buildings lobbies to view art deco design flourishes 
  • Get insight from your guide into prominent architects of the time
What to Expect
Make your own way to the central meeting point on South Michigan Avenue to start your architecture-focused walking tour. Learn from your guide about art deco, a design movement that developed in the 1920s and 30s, and a later iteration, art modern. Art deco design can be found in everything from architecture to furniture and from luxury objects to mass-produced goods. On the tour, see landmarks such as the Chicago Board of Trade building, with art deco flourishes both inside and out. Architecture buffs can deepen their knowledge of art deco style on this tour and learn new information even when visiting buildings that may be familiar from other tours. Expect to walk at a leisurely pace with frequent stops to examine exteriors and interiors from the heyday of the art deco and art moderne movement.
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Departure Point
111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Inclusions
  • Walking tour of Downtown Chicago Art Deco architecture
  • Narration by a professional and certified Guide
  • Admission to the Galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center
  • Entry/Admission - Chicago Motor Club Hampton Inn
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Storage for luggage or strollers
  • Coat check
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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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the Art Deco Skyscraper tour this week. Marcia was the docent and she was terrific. She explained the features of the Art Deco style by showing us both the exteriors and interiors of several buildings on the walking tour. She also provided interesting...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 28 May 2019

We have been on several of the architecture tours but this was one of the best. We love art deco and our tour guide, Priscilla, led us through a great tour of magnificent buildings showing us the common themes and details that make art deco...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Emily K, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2019

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 17 April 2019

This walking tour highlighted a dozen or so buildings in the art deco style. We looked at the outside of most buildings, but went inside a few too. My docent, Charles was engaging and entertaining. He explained the main components of the style and how...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2019

We are so glad that you enjoyed your tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed 10 February 2019

We did the 11 AM Art Deco Tour downtown for something different to do in the city. Tour guide was detailed and did a fabulous job telling us what we were going to do on the tour, the history of the buildings and pointing out...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 January 2019

The CAC tours are all so great, so it was great to do the Art Deco Tour and see another side of the amazing architecture in Chicago. We visited about 5 Art Deco masterpieces and our docent Rebecca explained in depth the history and details...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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ChiArchitecture, Guest Relations Manager at Chicago Architecture Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2019

We are so glad that you enjoyed the Art Deco tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

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Hi. I'm not certain. I believe so. We went through a number of buildings and along city sidewalks. In some of the buildings their were stairs but the docent pointed out the elevators as an alternative. The Chicago... More
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