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Loop Interior Architecture Walking: 2-Hour Walking Tour

Product ID: 16149
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Step inside Chicago's magnificent lobbies, corridors, and the underground Pedway System for an in-depth look at the city's architecture and a personal, cultural approach to experiencing downtown. Enjoy at any time of the year!
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Duration: 2 hours
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  • See architectural interiors and underground passages unknown to locals
  • Explore forgotten stories of famous Chicago landmarks
  • Learn about the psychology of architectural design, the history of shopping, the Chicago Picasso sculpture, and modernist architecture
  • Stay comfortable indoors - we avoid the extreme heat and cold of Chicago
  • Share iPads with drawings, maps, photos and video clips
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Join our 2-hour walking tour to experience the highlights of Chicago’s interior architecture. Our knowledgeable guide will take you along the city’s underground Pedway system and through building interiors as you visit places that even the local don’t know about!

You’ll have a shared iPad that’s loaded with images, maps and video clips, adding depth to the architectural details and the culture and history of the individual attractions while guides share engaging stories and fresh concepts.

Some of the highlights of what you’ll see on tour include examples of Chicago’s Modernist architecture, the former site of the famous Marshall Field’s department store, a church in a skyscraper and the “Chicago Picasso” sculpture. The infamous Block 37 and the spectacular Tiffany mosaics at the Cultural Center are also included.

Your guide will tell you about the psychology of architectural design, the history of department store shopping, and the development of Chicago’s elevated train system – as well as adding some colorful accounts of local personalities along the way.
  • Informative commentary by knowledgeable guides either in English or Spanish
  • Shared use of iPads with historic photos and videos
  • Valuable gift packet
What’s Not Included
  • Tips and gratuities

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Meeting point

Inside the Marquette Building at 140 S. Dearborn. Walk Straight through the lobby and continue to the back of the exhibit space to find your tour guide. Please arrive 10 to 15 minutes in advance for check-in.

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• Though the tour takes place mostly indoors, please come prepared for time spent briefly outdoors — e.g. bring a water bottle, sunscreen, warm clothes, etc.
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Product ID: 16149