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The Binoculars Tour

Chicago Elevated

Weekly Event - Every Friday & Saturday: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (CDT)

Chicago, IL

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This tour will change the way you look at the world around you forever. I mean that too. ForEVER!!! If architecture is the mother of all arts, what is the art that adorns the mother of all arts!? Am I right?

Armed with a pair of binoculars (that you get to keep!), and a hilarious and knowledgeable tour guide (me!),  we head out to look where no one else really is, ON THE BUILDINGS. Do you have any idea what’s really up there? I do! We’ll meet griffins, demons and gargoyles! There are Satyrs and Green Men, laughing sphinxes and some mythical animals I really need to ask your opinion on, because I have no idea what they are!

There’s a language here, a language we used to know but have since forgotten. We’ll see all the great creatures on the buildings and learn where they came from but also why.  Ornament may be useless – structurally useless- but it’s not arbitrary. Come with me and learn the language again – it’s not so hard – like riding a bike.

The tour ends at the Tribune Tower, the grandaddy of ornament – and we’re not even talking about the stones in the base – that’s child’s play….

Come out with me! Grab your binoculars, lean against a building and look up, see the beauty and the artistry that most people today never, ever see.

- See more at: http://www.chicagoelevated.com/2014/03/12/the-binoculars-tour/#sthash.77BfsEOU.dpuf

This tour will change the way you look at the world around you forever. I mean that too. ForEVER!!! If architecture is the mother of all arts, what is the art that adorns the mother of all arts!? Am I right?

Armed with a pair of binoculars (that you get to keep!), and a hilarious and knowledgeable tour guide (me!),  we head out to look where no one else really is, ON THE BUILDINGS. Do you have any idea what’s really up there? I do! We’ll meet griffins, demons and gargoyles! There are Satyrs and Green Men, laughing sphinxes and some mythical animals I really need to ask your opinion on, because I have no idea what they are!

There’s a language here, a language we used to know but have since forgotten. We’ll see all the great creatures on the buildings and learn where they came from but also why.  Ornament may be useless – structurally useless- but it’s not arbitrary. Come with me and learn the language again – it’s not so hard – like riding a bike.

The tour ends at the Tribune Tower, the grandaddy of ornament – and we’re not even talking about the stones in the base – that’s child’s play….

Come out with me! Grab your binoculars, lean against a building and look up, see the beauty and the artistry that most people today never, ever see.

- See more at: http://www.chicagoelevated.com/2014/03/12/the-binoculars-tour/#sthash.Qvq40YBx.dpuf

This tour will change the way you look at the world around you forever. I mean that too. ForEVER!!! If architecture is the mother of all arts, what is the art that adorns the mother of all arts!? Am I right?

Armed with a pair of binoculars (that you get to keep!), and a hilarious and knowledgeable tour guide (me!),  we head out to look where no one else really is, ON THE BUILDINGS. Do you have any idea what’s really up there? I do! We’ll meet griffins, demons and gargoyles! There are Satyrs and Green Men, laughing sphinxes and some mythical animals I really need to ask your opinion on, because I have no idea what they are!

There’s a language here, a language we used to know but have since forgotten. We’ll see all the great creatures on the buildings and learn where they came from but also why.  Ornament may be useless – structurally useless- but it’s not arbitrary. Come with me and learn the language again – it’s not so hard – like riding a bike.

The tour ends at the Tribune Tower, the grandaddy of ornament – and we’re not even talking about the stones in the base – that’s child’s play….

Come out with me! Grab your binoculars, lean against a building and look up, see the beauty and the artistry that most people today never, ever see.

- See more at: http://www.chicagoelevated.com/2014/03/12/the-binoculars-tour/#sthash.Qvq40YBx.dpuf

This tour will change the way you look at the world around you forever. I mean that too. ForEVER!!! If architecture is the mother of all arts, what is the art that adorns the mother of all arts!? Am I right?

Armed with a pair of binoculars (that you get to keep!), and a hilarious and knowledgeable tour guide (me!),  we head out to look where no one else really is, ON THE BUILDINGS. Do you have any idea what's really up there? I do! We'll meet griffins, demons and gargoyles! There are Satyrs and Green Men, laughing sphinxes and some mythical animals I really need to ask your opinion on, because I have no idea what they are!

There's a language here, a language we used to know but have since forgotten. We'll see all the great creatures on the buildings and learn where they came from but also why.  Ornament may be useless - structurally useless- but it's not arbitrary. Come with me and learn the language again - it's not so hard - like riding a bike.

Come out with me! Grab your binoculars, lean against a building and look up, see the beauty and the artistry that most people today never, ever see.

 START LOCATION: Daley Plaza - 50 W. Washington - meet me right in front of the Picasso sculpture. I'll be the lovely lady in the red baseball cap.



EXPECTATIONS: This is a pretty good walk, we walk about a mile and a half. This tour is ALL outdoors, there's no place to hide on this one, so be prepared. There is also some looking up for sure. There is lots to see at eye-level, but if you have a hard time looking up, be prepared!



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Where



Daley Plaza - meet in front of the Picasso sculpture
50 W Washington St
I'll be in the red baseball cap
Chicago, IL 60602

Organizer

Chicago Elevated

Chicago Elevated is dedicated to bringing you the best in Chicago walking tours. Margaret Hicks (your fabulous and oh so pretty tour guide) is a comedian, an author and has been giving tours for over six years. I believe that tours can be fun and educational and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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