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Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Admire the incredible façades and intricate interiors of the Windy City's 1920s art deco and art moderne buildings during this architecture walking tour of Chicago. Uncover the history of Chicago art deco architectural along with the city's influential role in the development of this iconic artistic style, as you get an up close and personal look at its wealth of gorgeous period buildings. This art deco Chicago walking tour also includes a certified guide.
  • Downtown Chicago art-deco walking tour
  • Learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement
  • Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco buildings
  • Trace the history of this short-lived but lively architectural heritage
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Walking tour of Downtown Chicago Art Deco architecture
Narration by a professional and certified Guide
Hotel pick up and drop off
Storage for luggage or strollers
30 N LaSalle St , 30 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA

Meet in front of 30 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL, USA.

Chicago Board of Trade , 141 W Jackson Blvd #300a, Chicago, IL 60604, USA

End at Chicago Board of Trade Building, Jackson and LaSalle, Chicago, IL

Take an architecture-focused walking tour of Chicago during this investigation of the city's most important period buildings and its critical role in the development of the movement's signature style. You're sure to come away with a newfound appreciation for the city's architectural history and the beauty of its many historic buildings and their interiors.

Start your art deco exploration of Chicago at least 15 minutes before your tour begins at the Chicago Architecture Center, located at 111 E. Wacker Dr. Then head out with your guide to begin your architecture immersion, starting with a history lesson.

The art deco style evolved during the period between World War I and World War II, referring more generally to a range of design movements that coalesced between the 1920s and 30s. Art deco design is known more generally for its geometric designs and its simplicity, frequently paired with bright colors and basic shapes that embraced the rising role of business and technology on the modern world. Art deco's influence touched everything from architecture to painting to sculpting and furniture design, spanning luxury objects created with exotic materials to mass-produced goods found in every home and office of the day, to the many buildings that defined the Chicago skyline.

During the course of your walk you'll stop to admire a range of exteriors and interiors that define this architectural heyday of the art deco and art moderne movements. The Jazz Age buildings of Chicago include a range of both stark cube-shaped and sleek streamlined structures, ranging from office buildings to apartment residences that dominated Chicago's downtown until the 1950s.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
30 N LaSalle St
View the 30 N LaSalle St building
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Rookery Building
Discover the Art Deco inspired lobby of the Rookery designed by William Drummond
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
135 South Lasalle Street
View the 135 S LaSalle St building
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
1 N LaSalle St
Discuss the 1 N LaSalle St building
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chicago Board of Trade Building
Our tour will conclude at Chicago's most prominent Art Deco Building: The Chicago Board of Trade
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Chicago Architecture Center
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers.

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Reviews by Viator travellers

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star-5
Marian is a great tour leader
Ferial_S
, Sep. 2021
This tour was great. The leader Marian was very kind and knowledgeable . The Chicago architectural tour is a must. Thank you. I had a great time.
star-5
Great way to learn an architectural style
Armando_B
, Sep. 2021
David took us to a trip to the past. Art Deco can be hidden or glowing in front of you and David gave us tips on how to recognize it. He took us to amazing places around Downtown where this style exists. Thank you for sharing with us! We highly recommend this tour!
star-5
This is a hidden gem of a tour!
Matt_J
, Aug. 2021
Robin was exceptional! Very knowledgeable of the buildings we toured, engaging with our group, and informative of the history of Chicago and its architects. She is very clearly passionate about what she does and we look forward to booking another tour when we visit Chicago again! Our pre-teen really enjoyed it, too.
star-1
Hard to plan around
Zachary_M
, Jun. 2021
Actually couldn’t make it and was pretty disappointed. I’m sure guide was too. Meet up details are not clear and don’t arrive until last minute. No address found in account or anything. Just a call from guide minutes before. Hope that’s not typical.
star-5
Art Deco. In the pouring rain
Don_W
, Jul. 2018
Our guide Mitch was just amazing! He shared his knowledge and history with our group with ease! He started right on time and guided us through the loop buildings even in the pouring rain. Still making it such an interesting tour! We were a group of four with guests from Savannah who loved this tour also! Amazing! Again, Mitch nailed it!
star-5
I would give this tour the 5 stars...
Susan L
, Oct. 2017
I would give this tour the 5 stars, highly recommended. Some gems you would otherwise not know about. We absolutely loved it. Our tour guide was fantastic!!!
star-5
This tour is a must on a visit to...
Jon P
, Sep. 2017
This tour is a must on a visit to Chicago... so much of the city's earlier 20th century history is captured in this tour of the moderne art deco architecture. One does not tend to appreciate these gems hidden among the neo-classic buildings and glass high rises, but once seen, a lasting impression that will keep us looking in the future. Leaves one with the question if in 80 years people will be making glass and steel tours. Somehow, one doesn't get the feeling of enduring beauty as one does with Art Deco.... The detail work on the interiors of these amazing buildings is beautiful, and quite lacking in anything built since. The guide was experienced, and knowledgeable- particularly good at fitting the architecture into historical context. A great 2 hours, well worth the time and cost. We plan more Chicago Architectural Society tours in future visits! Finally- checking out and booking tours through Viator is something that can be very helpful before any visit to a city as a planning tool.
star-5
I love Art Deco and I loved this tour...
David K
, Jul. 2017
I love Art Deco and I loved this tour. I learned things I haven't seen on the internet. The 1920's and 30's were an amazing time on terms of design.
star-5
I did the historic skyscraper tour...
Jennifer P
, Apr. 2017
I did the historic skyscraper tour first, so a lot of the buildings were a repeat, but I learned completely different information on this tour, which made it still extremely worthwhile. This is a really good tour with lots of insight into the architects and the time periods.
star-5
Tour was great, and loved the use of...
Sherry P
, Aug. 2016
Tour was great, and loved the use of earpieces with antennae so everyone could hear the tour guide at all times.

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