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As your tour begins, admire the 'Four Seasons' mosaic by Marc Chagall at the Tower Plaza, then step inside the Marshall Field and Company Building to appreciate the Tiffany & Co–designed ceiling inside the atrium. Visit the colossal 50-foot-tall (15-meter) outdoor Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaz, then explore the subterranean world of the Chicago Pedway system, an extensive network of climate-controlled, underground concourses that connect buildings throughout downtown.

As you stroll along the central business district—also known as “The Loop”—learn about some of Chicago’s most famous buildings via shared iPads showcasing archival images of Chicago with maps, historic photos, and documentary video clips. Your tour concludes at the Chicago Cultural Center, a Chicago Landmark building, completed in 1897 and originally the city’s first central public library. 

Say goodbye to your guide and head on to your next Windy City destination.

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Chicago Cultural Center
The Loop
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Overview

Peek inside Chicago’s storied architectural history on a 2-hour walking tour through some of the Loop’s iconic interiors. See the Tiffany & Co-designed mosaic ceiling of the Marshall Field and Company Building, the stained-glass dome of the Chicago Cultural Center, the underground Chicago Pedway system and more. Led by an expert guide, the tour moves at a leisurely pace and covers a half mile with frequent stops.

Highlights
  • 2-hour tour highlights The Loop's interior architecture 
  • Shared iPads with maps, photos, and video clips 
  • See public art by Picasso and Marc Chagall 
  • Navigate Chicago like the locals—underground via The Pedway
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Average

Although the young women was extremely friendly and enthusiastic I found the amount of information quite poor and a number of major buildings were not part of the tour...

Thank Florence B
Reviewed 6 days ago
Exceeded expectation!

A whole new way of looking at the city! This wasn't a dry and boring recitation of facts, it was a look at real history, what the buildings say, and how people interact with them. I wish every history walking tour I've taken when traveling...More

Thank Wino819
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great fun and informative

Our tour guide, Alex, was a delight! Knowledgeable and articulate, he kept us moving and provided insights that captured our attention fully. Excellent tour with history, architecture, and a great perspective on what we were seeing. Highly recommended.

Thank daviddT1735JS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Good indoor tour

We enjoyed the tour and found Maria a friendly and knowledgeable host I particularly enjoyed the visits to the skyscraper that is a Methodist church

Thank derekwitte
AmandaDetoursOwner, Manager at Chicago Detours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for joining us, Derek, and for sharing this review! We're glad you had a good time and found your visit memorable. The church in the skyscraper is a true gem and we love sharing it with our guests!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Interior architecture walking tour.

Very informative and enjoyable! Would love to go on another of their tours. So glad we found this tour. Very good at communicating and easy to book.

Thank Sherry P
AmandaDetoursOwner, Manager at Chicago Detours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for joining us, Sherry. We do hope you'll join us for another tour some time! It's our pleasure to share new perspectives on Chicago history and architecture with our guests.

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PasDPasta
23 September 2018|
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Response from daviddT1735JS | Reviewed this property |
We met the guide in the Marquette Building lobby.
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PasDPasta
23 September 2018|
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Response from BucksUK_traveller | Reviewed this property |
We met Inside the Marquette Building, 140 S Dearborn St, but I don't know whether this is the same for all tours.
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mugsly52
12 April 2018|
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Response from Esther M | Reviewed this property |
It’s a lot of walking. It was easily a mile and a half and we had to take a couple detours for the protests that were happening!
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