Guided tour

Chicago: Elevated Architecture Walking Tour

Chicago: Elevated Architecture Walking Tour

From US$ 34 per person

Learn the history behind Chicago's famous elevated rail system and admire the city’s architecture on this guided walking tour. See the galleries at the Chicago Architecture Center and ride the “L.”

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • See Chicago from a unique perspective from station platforms above the ground
  • Take a seat on the “L” and experience Chicago’s rapid transit system firsthand
  • Learn the history of the "L" system and how it has shaped downtown Chicago
  • Admire some of Chicago's unique architecture while passing by hundreds of sights
  • Enjoy included admission to the galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center
Full description

Join a walking tour to explore Chicago’s memorable architecture from the unique perspective of elevated trains and station platforms. Learn the history behind the "L" system and hear how it has shaped the development of buildings within the Loop. Experience riding the “L” for yourself.

The city's first elevated train started making trips in 1892. Now considered one of Chicago’s most defining features, the "L" offers one-of-a-kind views of downtown. By being more than 20 feet off the ground, you'll see architectural details that are missed by most pedestrians at street level.

With this tour, you’re in for one of the most comprehensive tours in the Loop, passing hundreds of buildings and Chicago highlights. As you make your way around the city, listen to narration by your guide about Chicago’s transit system and architectural significance.

  • Walking tour
  • Certified guide
  • Fare to ride Chicago's "L" transit system
  • Admission to the galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Food or drinks
  • Storage for luggage or strollers
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Please arrive prior to the departure time and present your ticket to the box office at the Chicago Architecture Center. You will receive a "Ventra" card which is necessary to access the Chicago "L" transit system.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not ADA accessible. The tour takes place outdoors and involves standing on station platforms and walking stairs
  • This tour will operate rain or shine
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August 8, 2022

Product ID: 411390