A Walk Through Time

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Stop At: Manhattan Building, 431 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605-1100

designed by architect William Le Baron Jenney, father of skyscrapers,

Manhattan Building is a fascinating surviving example of an early skyscraper from the late 19th century.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Rookery Building, 209 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60604-1219

An icon in the center of Chicago's downtown Financial District, the picturesque Rookery was originally completed in 1888. Famous American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright redesigned the stunning two-story, sky lit lobby in 1905. Meticulously renovated and maintained, The Rookery stands as one of the most highly recognized addresses in all of Chicago.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Palmer House Hilton Historic Lobby, 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603-5608

A 25-story Beaux Arts marvel situated in Chicago's iconic Loop District, Palmer House Hilton Hotel is the longest continually operating hotel in the United.

It hosted legendary people, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, and Liberace.

The story of this hotel is one of romance and undeniable charm.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Monadnock Building, 53 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604-3606

When it was completed in 1893, the Monadnock was the world's largest office building. People are still startled by the power and simplicity of its design.

The two halves of the building are similar in scale and color, but quite different in style. The north half of the Monadnock is probably the tallest building ever built that is supported primarily by brick walls.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chicago Board of Trade Building, 141 W Jackson Blvd La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60604-2992

The Chicago Board of Trade is the oldest and largest futures exchange in the world and has a rich history. Holabird & Root's Art Deco building is the anchor of Chicago's financial district and features a copper pyramyd roof topped by a statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of grain, and exterior clock between sculpted bags of grain. At 605 feet, it was the tallest building in the city at the time of construction in 1930.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Drive entrance on Jackson Blvd (south side of building), Chicago, IL 60606-7147

Willis Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Chicago and second tallest in America.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Picasso Statue, 50 W Washington St Richard J. Daley Plaza Civic Center, Chicago, IL 60602-1305

Pablo Picasso was 85 when he created the monumental untitled sculpture now famously known as The Chicago Picasso to the city in 1967.


Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Calder’s Flamingo, 50 W Adams St Federal Plaza, Chicago, IL 60603-5107

Flamingo is a significant work by artist Alexander Calder, one of the most eminent sculptors of the 20th century. It's brilliant color and graceful curves are a great contrast to the three black and blocky buildings surrounding it.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Marquette Building, 140 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603-5202

Completed in 1895 by architects William Holabird and Martin Roche, the Marquette Building is one of Chicago’s special gems. When you walk into the lobby for the very first time, you have the impression that it is an art gallery rather than an office buiding.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Drive entrance on Jackson Blvd (south side of building), Chicago, IL 60606-7147

Willis Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Chicago and second tallest in America.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Chase Tower, 4799 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60644-3616

Chase Tower is known for both its distinctive curving shape and its vibrant public space at the geographic center of the Chicago Loop, complete with a jet fountain and Marc Chagall's ceramic wall mural Four Seasons.

Stop At: Chagall's Four Seasons, 10 S Dearborn St Chase Tower, Chicago, IL 60603-2300

The Four Seasons by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall are a series of mosaics that lyrically and colorfully celebrate the arrival of spring, summer, winter, and fall. It was a gift to the City of Chicago by the Prince Charitable Trust and was dedicated in 1974.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Miro's Chicago, 69 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-3134

An abstract sculpture by Spanish artist Joan Miró made of steel, bronze, concrete, and tile stands 39 feet tall. It was funded in part by the City of Chicago under Mayor Jane Byrne and unveiled in 1981.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Macy's on State Street, 111 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602-1659

For more than 150 years, no Chicago business was so closely identified with the character and glamour of Chicago life than Marshal Field & Company. A decade after its name was changed to Macy's, Marshall Field's still can be found on State Street. The story of the iconic department store in Chicago.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601-3623

Chicago Theatre was the Loop's first movie venue and a model for the design of other motion-picture houses across the country. It's iconic vertical sign serve as an unofficial emblem of the city. Today Theatre features live concerts rather than the motion pictures, with a range of performances that includes rock bands, country singers and comedians.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Marina City, 300 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654-5414

Marina City is a mixed-use residential-commercial building complex, also known as the "Corn Cob Towers" because of their unique shape.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Wrigley Building, 410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4213

It was built in 1925 to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Tribune Tower, 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4066

The Tribune Tower is a neo-Gothic skyscraper located at Michigan Avenue. Once it was the home of the Chicago Tribune and the most beautiful office building in the world. The building's crown recalls a Medieval European tower, imitating the Butter Tower of the 13th-century Rouen Cathedral in France.

A collection of building fragments from around the world are embedded into the building's stone facade.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

Chicago river is notable because it is one of the reasons for Chicago's geographic importance: the related Chicago Portage is a link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin, and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. The River is also noteworthy for its natural and human-engineered history. In 1900 the river was permanently reversed and the waste problem solved.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Michigan Avenue Bridge, 333 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-3901

The most famous Chicago bascule bridge, first opened to traffic in 1920, the beautiful Michigan Avenue Bridge connects Chicago's north and south of Michigan Avenue.

Duration: 10 minutes

Activity Details
Chicago is famous throughout the world as a city of skyscrapers, The First Skyscraper was completed here in 1885 and a new architectural style, Chicago architecture school , was born by the end of 19th century.

During this tour you will explore the first iconic Chicago school skyscrapers that still adore our city as well as the other buildings of various times and architectural styles, learn about innovations used to build them and discover how they transformed Chicago into a center of skyscraper design and engineering.

You will also learn the stories of the extraordinary people who created these masterpieces of world architecture.

Highlights include the dazzling interiors of the Palmer House Hotel, Marquette Building and Marshall Field’s department store.

 
Departure & Return
Departure Point1: 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA 2: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA 3: DuSable Bridge, 333 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, USA Traveler pickup is offered we pick up from all hotels in Chicago or meet at downtown Chicago Airports O'Hare Intl Airport, 10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666
Return1: DuSable Bridge, 333 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
2: Willis Tower Skydeck, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
What's Included
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • we do not enter Willis Tower Sky Deck
  • Entry/Admission - Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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