Learn The Lost Language of Buildings

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Event Category

Education

Event Overview

Gargoyles & Knights & Demons & Pretty Ladies - just some of the creatures we'll see on our fun and weird tour. See, every building is designed to convey a message, like books, or paintings or operas convey information, buildings are doing the same thing. Turns out, it's a language we've forgotten. We still know it, we're just out of practice. Lucky for us, we have the greatest classroom in the world to learn our craft! Downtown Chicago, the "Loop," famous the world over for its skyscrapers and historic masterpieces.


On this tour, we're talking ornament - never necessary, never arbitrary and they symbolism attached. Anytime an architect puts something on a building, it's because they're trying to communicate with us, evoke emotion. We'll learn to read our best historic masterpieces and decipher their meaning, these beauties are chock full of information, it's just, most of the time we never stop to look. We'll learn about modern buildings too, where did all the ornament go exactly? And why? Once you take this tour, you'll won't be able to stop looking up & I promise, you'll never look at a building the same way again.

What You Can Expect
  • Learn to read and decipher ornament on buildings
  • Enjoy the Marquette Building Lobby, decked out in Tiffany Glass
  • Look up and see people and animals you have never noticed before
  • Be scared by the gargoyles and grotesques on the Chicago Temple.
Please Note

This experience has a minimum of 2 students required to go forward. If we don’t reach, you’ll have the option to make it a private class, transfer to another date or experience, or receive a refund.

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EVENT DETAILS

Date & Time

Location

Block 37 Shopping Mall - meet at the Hot Tix Booth, I'll be in a purple baseball cap!

Price

$30 per Ticket

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MORE ABOUT YOUR HOST

Margaret Hicks is a comedian, tour guide, author and lover of all things Chicago.

I've been a tour guide for 13 years and I've been giving Chicago Pedway Tours for 8 years and I am still amazed and surprised by the Chicago Pedway. Every. Day.

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