Tours by Doorways Of Chicago

Tours by Doorways Of Chicago

Tours by Doorways Of Chicago
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A doorway is like a portal that opens up and leads into another realm. The search for doors and other photographic content is like therapy which transports me to a state of peacefulness and meditation. It gets me out of my mind, which is a good thing. Photography allows me to paint a picture, tell a story, deliver a message, strike a chord. It can conjure up emotions, memories and even act as inspiration. Thanks for allowing me to share my passions with you via my historical walking tours!
Chicago, Illinois

Why book with Tours by Doorways Of Chicago
  • Architectural Photographer and Interior Designer
  • I've studied architecture and historical homes/buildings for over 30 years and am passionate about historical preservation. I am an active member of the Chicago Tour Guide Professionals Association.
  • English
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Brian S
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Feb 2024 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed this insider look at a true gem of Chicago! Robbie led us to special places within the building and was knowledgeable about details of noteworthy past tenants. Special stops included the Studebaker Theatre and a stringed instrument manufacturer... amazing behind-the-scenes looks and info!
Written February 24, 2024
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Zoila
New York City, NY20 contributions
I was so happy to booked this tour. Ronnie was amazing a lot of knowledge and this tour has a pluse we went to a violin’s 🎻 factory 🏭 It was an amazing experience. I will comeback for mor tours. Highly recommended. Thank you Ronnie 🫶🏽🤗
Written February 22, 2024
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It was wonderful meeting you, Zoila and I am so glad you enjoyed yourself! Safe travels and I hope to see you next time you are back in Chicago!
Written February 22, 2024
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Deanna V
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
I can’t count the number of times that I exclaimed, “Come on,” at what we saw and learned. A complete gem of a building, both in terms of architecture and history. Ronnie is knowledgeable and a great storyteller. We enjoyed visiting artist studios, including an impromptu visit to a luthier on the fifth floor. Excited to learn about second Fridays and looking forward to visiting again!
Written February 2, 2024
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Deanna, thank you for this great review! It was my pleasure having you both on the tour and I am so glad you loved what you learned about this incredible building! I look forward to seeing you at Second Fridays soon!
Written February 5, 2024
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jBomb
Amsterdam3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Outstanding. Incorporated history, architecture, and art to provide a great overview of the building and it's place in Chicago lore. Ronnie is very friendly and well-informed. I'll be back soon!
Written January 23, 2024
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It was so fun to have you along for this tour! It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for the lovely review!
Written February 12, 2024
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Stephanie H
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Solo
I so enjoyed my indoor tour today of the Fine Arts Building, with Ronnie of Doorways of Chicago. On a bitter cold snowy day it was a treat to visit this iconic place. Ronnie had lots of information to share about the history, both of the design and construction, as well as the colorful characters who have called this building their professional home. He did a tremendous job giving an overview of the creative tenants and their work both within and beyond this structure. There was something delightful to see on every floor, from the stunning lobby, to the charming elevators, to the woodwork and mural details. The opportunity to peek into a couple of studios of today's working artists, proves this special place continues to be a vibrant and varied contemporary arts community.
Written January 19, 2024
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Thank. you for that nice review, Stephanie! It was my pleasure to meet you and take you on this inaugural tour. You were delightful to hang out with and I hope to see you again soon!
Written January 28, 2024
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Laura K. Zegar
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Solo
Such a fun experience! Ronnie is incredibly knowledgeable, super friendly, and tells the best stories on his tours. He knows so many cool tidbits about the city that even longtime Chicago residents like myself can appreciate. Always so many cool stops and photo ops on his tours. Definitely the best in the city!
Written November 19, 2023
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Thank you for the nice review, Laura! It was so nice to have you along again and I hope to see you soon!
Written November 20, 2023
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Julia F
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Solo
Very enjoyable and informative tour! I especially appreciated how Ronnie pointed out so many specific architectural features on the building facades. I learned a lot of new words and I'll really enjoy when I see them around Chicago and can name them myself!
Written October 29, 2023
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Thank you, Julia! I'm so glad you loved learning some of the terms and I love that you will appreciate seeing those architectural details and remembering what they are called! Just love it!
Written October 29, 2023
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Carolyn N
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Ronnie was kind, friendly, and so knowledgeable. The tour was beautiful and my friends and I learned more Chicago history while admiring the architecture. I would recommend this to anyone, especially those who wants to explore more of Chicago’s beauty.
Written October 29, 2023
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Thanks for the nice review, Carey! It was so fun to have you and your friends along today and I hope to see you again sometime.
Written October 29, 2023
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shellelly d
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
The Graceland Cemetery is new and it is not listed yet. This tour was so interesting. Ronnie brought so many historical references to each monument we stopped at. He curated a selection of renown architects and prominent Chicago innovators to weave a fascinating backdrop to the beautiful monuments and sculptures. This is a must tour for anyone interested in Chicago history. The cemetery is a wonderful park and the changing autumn colors a magnificent backdrop.
Written October 22, 2023
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Thanks so much for this great review, Shelley! I am so glad you enjoyed the Graceland Cemetery tour and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day. I look forward to having you along on more tours soon!
Written October 23, 2023
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Nancy A
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Very cool and informative tour of Graceland Cemetery. Ronnie is a gifted tour guide-he is well prepared, knowledgeable, funny and so kind. This is my third tour with Ronnie-he is the best!!
Written October 22, 2023
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Thanks so much, Nancy! This made my day! It is always so fun to have you along and I am happy to have met you. It's fun exchanging messages with you on Instagram. I look forward to having you on more tours soon. YOU are the best!
Written October 23, 2023
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