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Architecture Tour: Birth of the Skyscraper
Sat, April 1, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
The South Loop is Chicago’s downtown area and commercial core, but it is so much more than that. Chicago is known not for antiquity but for innovation and creativity in architecture. In the architecture of the South Loop, you'll discover some of the very first skyscrapers mixed with a range of contrasting modern-styled buildings effectively creating a living architectural museum.
Join your guide for a fun and interesting walk filled with stories about Chicago. Discover the oldest operating el train station in Chicago and gaze upon the building that held the record for the World's tallest from 1973-1993. Take in the scenery of our man-made "canyon" of La Salle Street and get a taste for Frank Lloyd Wright's artistry. The tour ends in Grant Park a few steps from Lake Michigan at the magnificent rococo-style Buckingham Fountain.
Some topics we will cover on the Architecture Tour & Grant Park:
The Board of Trade building
Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.
Where: Tour begins in front of the Willis (Sears) Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive (map).
Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is just over one mile (1.6km).
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.