Chicago Architecture Crash Course Walking Tour

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What does Michael Jackson’s Thriller have to do with the design of a post-modern skyscraper? Or Andy Warhol’s soup cans with modernism? The Best Architecture Walking Tour for Design Lovers is a creative tour of Chicago architecture, designed for curious people. You will learn about architectural styles through their connections with technology and pop culture. You’ll look at lots of gorgeous buildings while expanding your understanding of architectural styles and Chicago history, right in the heart of downtown Chicago. Tour starts at the Michigan Avenue Bridge, where the city began, and finishes at the new Maggie Daley Park. This tour explores a particular concept in architecture. All arts are a reflection of an age. Styles in creations like architecture, graphic design, fashion design, and pop culture have similar qualities when they come from the same era. In order to learn how to contextualize and identify architecture, this tour compares buildings with works from other media like these. Your tour guide will also explain how advancements in technology and engineering have shaped building designs. Why is this the “best” architecture walking tour for design lovers? The fun and creative educational approach makes this unlike any other architecture tour in the city. The tour appeals to people looking for an introduction to Chicago architecture, as well as guests who are well-versed in art history. Book now! Best Architecture Walking Tour Highlights -A gold-topped skyscraper -Jeanne Gang's Aqua Tower -A monument to modernism -The new Maggie Daley Park -Images of art history and pop culture comparisons Stories and Ideas -Fort Dearborn and the “simple life” -The Chicago School of Architecture -Art Deco and the Roaring ’20s -The fun shapes of post-modern forms -Recent trends in city living


What to Bring

Lasts 1.5 hours. Half-mile walking distance. Walking tour ends at the playground of Maggie Daley Park.

Minimum age

All ages welcome


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We are a group of educators, historians, artists and story-tellers. Founder Amanda Scotese launched Chicago Detours in July 2010 after close to a decade of travel in Italy as a Tour Guide and Guidebook Researcher with Rick Steves’ Europe. She decided to bring her travel expertise back home with tour experiences that are fun, educational, and truly make us feel connected with our grand city. Our professional Chicago tour guides are highly trained and educated, and we know how to spark discussions and create a lively group dynamic on our public and private group tours of Chicago. Today we are a community of Chicagoans passionate about sharing the architecture, history, and culture of Chicago through the Chicago Detours blog and our guided walking and bus tours.


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    Silvie K.
    Reviewed on 10/27/18

    Alex was ao knowlwdgeable and the tour was so informative and fun! Had an amazing time!

    Alex was ao knowlwdgeable and the tour was so informative and fun! Had an amazing time!

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    Jane L.
    Reviewed on 04/21/18

    The tour is very informative. I find some interesting facts about how Malls are built to attract shoppers.

    The tour is very informative. I find some interesting facts about how Malls are built to attract shoppers.

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