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Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers

Highlights
  • View the Chicago Board of Trade building, a National Historic Landmark 
  • See Chicago architecture from the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s 
  • Go inside buildings lobbies to view art deco design flourishes 
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Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers
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2pm Art Deco Walking Tour
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Overview
Discover a range of art deco buildings in Chicago during a downtown walking tour. Go deeper into the history of Chicago’s architecture and the city's role in the development of the art deco style with your guide. This tour highlights striking facades and elegant interiors that are difficult to find or access on your own, with commentary from your guide to put the buildings into historical context.
What to Expect
Make your own way to the central meeting point on South Michigan Avenue to start your architecture-focused walking tour.

Learn from your guide about art deco, a design movement that developed in the 1920s and 30s, and a later iteration, art modern. Art deco design can be found in everything from architecture to furniture and from luxury objects to mass-produced goods.

On the tour, see landmarks such as the Chicago Board of Trade building, with art deco flourishes both inside and out. Architecture buffs can deepen their knowledge of art deco style on this tour and learn new information even when visiting buildings that may be familiar from other tours.

Expect to walk at a leisurely pace with frequent stops to examine exteriors and interiors from the heyday of the art deco and art moderne movement.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic walking tour from incredible guide

We hit the jackpot: Great weather, great tour guide, and incredible tour. Because we had a small group on a weekday we did not have to do the earphones and the scripted tour; rather she got to customize the tour to our small group. We...More

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ChiArchitecture, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the walking tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us and for your kind words.

Reviewed April 23, 2018
Art Deco and Historical Skyscrappers tours

Did the Art Deco tour on a freezing Sunday morning. The docent was friendly and informative, saw some great buildings and went into two or three great lobbies. The Board of Trade was spectacular. Followed this up in the afternoon with the Historical Skyscrapper tour....More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed the Art Deco tour, Susie! Thank you for taking the time to review us. We look forward to seeing you on your next tour!

Reviewed March 26, 2018
amazing- a must for Deco fans

The guide was amazing an we got access to some building lobbies that would normally have been closed on a Sunday.

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour, Leslie! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed February 3, 2018
impressive

the volunteer was very knowledgable. it is fairly good amount of walking and some of the buildings replicate themselves. nonetheless it is good trip

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

Reviewed January 4, 2018
Impressive buildlings--great tour!

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Chicago last August. I really enjoy Art Deco architecture so I was delighted with this tour. The guide pointed out so many details of the different buildings. It was incredible. The guide was very knowledgeable...More

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ChiArchitecture, Social Media Coordinator at Chicago Architecture Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Art Deco tour! Thank you for taking the time to review us.

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Response from viajero5 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I'm not certain. I believe so. We went through a number of buildings and along city sidewalks. In some of the buildings their were stairs but the docent pointed out the elevators as an alternative. The Chicago... More
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