Learn The Lost Language of Buildings

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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.
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Margaret Hicks

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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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    Monique J.
    Reviewed on 07/28/19

    Loved Margaret. Not only was she knowledgable but she was fun and entertaining. She made learning fun even in 90 degree weather. Highly recommend!

    Loved Margaret. Not only was she knowledgable but she was fun and entertaining. She made learning fun even in 90 degree weather. Highly recommend!

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    Johnna G.
    Reviewed on 07/28/19

    Margaret is amazing. We learned a lot and had so much fun!

    Margaret is amazing. We learned a lot and had so much fun!

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