Architecture Walking Tour Overview
Step inside magnificent lobbies, corridors, and the underground Pedway system for an in-depth, personal approach to a Chicago architecture walking tour downtown. Available six days a week, the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour takes you on a creative route that weaves through buildings and secret short-cuts. Tour guests get to share iPads with archival images like maps, historic photos and documentary video clips while the tour guide shares stories of Chicago history.
Our tour guides are highly trained professionals with degrees in architecture, design, art history and history. They have background as educators, so they know how to connect with a group, spark imaginations, and communicate new concepts in relating to architecture. For a Chicago architecture walking tour, this experience brings you to appreciate Chicago architecture from new perspectives. You and your guide will step inside buildings to truly experience architectural space rather than just tour architecture from the more isolated perspective of a downtown sidewalk.
This tour is the perfect compliment to an architectural boat cruise – see the architectural exteriors from your river cruise, then step inside the buildings with us to go deeper into the people, history and culture of Chicago architecture.
Our most popular architecture walking tour, you can read our five-star ratings on Yelp. All guests receive the gift of our color-printed map of the Chicago Pedway System and complimentary offers to our favorite local, independently owned downtown restaurants and businesses. This Chicago architecture walking tour is also available for private groups.
Chicago Detours History and Background
We are a group of educators, historians, artists and story-tellers. Founder Amanda Scotese launched Chicago Detours in July 2010 after close to a decade of travel in Italy as a Tour Guide and Guidebook Researcher with Rick Steves’ Europe. She decided to bring her travel expertise back home with tour experiences that are fun, educational, and truly make us feel connected with our grand city. Our professional Chicago tour guides are highly trained and educated, and we know how to spark discussions and create a lively group dynamic on our public and private group tours of Chicago. Today we are a community of Chicagoans passionate about sharing the architecture, history, and culture of Chicago through the Chicago Detours blog and our guided walking and bus tours.
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