About Loop Interior
Architecture Walking Tour
Presented by Chicago Detours, Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour offers a unique way to get an in-depth view of downtown Chicago’s beautiful architecture. Guests will see inside a variety of lobbies, corridors, the underground Pedway system and more, with roughly 95% of the tour taking place indoors. Highlights include the “Chicago Picasso” sculpture, Chicago Cultural Center and more.
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Architecture Walking Tour
In the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour, you’ll step inside magnificent lobbies, corridors, and the underground Pedway system for an in-depth, personal approach to a Chicago architecture walking tour downtown. The Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour takes you on a creative route that weaves through buildings and secret short-cuts. 95% of the tour takes place inside, making it great for any kind of weather.
Tour guests share iPads with archival images of maps, historic photos and documentary video clips while the tour guide shares stories of Chicago history. Our fun and passionate tour guides are highly trained professionals with degrees in architecture, design, art history and history. They know how to connect with a group, spark imaginations, and communicate new concepts in relating to architecture. Looking at the outside of buildings, such as with architectural boat tours, can be a great first step in engaging with Chicago architecture.
For the next level of connection with Chicago architecture, go inside of the buildings. You will appreciate Chicago architecture from new perspectives. From the interiors, you can truly experience architectural space rather than from the more isolated perspective of a downtown sidewalk. We start INSIDE the Southeast entrance of Chase Tower, 10 S. Dearborn St. Please arrive 10-15 minutes in advance for check-in. Tour ends inside the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Walking distance of 0.5 mile.
- Church in a Skyscraper with Stained Glass Windows
- The “Chicago Picasso” Sculpture
- Chicago Underground Pedway System
- The Contemporary Block 37 Development
- Marshall Field’s Department Store
- Sparkling Tiffany Mosaics
- Chicago Cultural Center
Stories and Ideas
- How to read Chicago architecture to understand history
- Stories of corruption and generosity
- Why the “El” is elevated
- Design psychology behind interior space
- A surprising history of shopping
- Religion and social diversity
Good To Know
- Engaging tour guide commentary
- Shared use of iPads with video & photos
- Professionally printed Chicago Pedway Map
- Special Chicago gifts
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