Chicago's World-Class Architecture: From Beaux Arts to Contemporary Styles

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Lynn
Registered on August 21, 2022

Hello. My name is Lynn. I have been guiding guests in Chicago for 20 years. I completed rigorous training from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, and the historic Glessner House. Born and raised in the Chicago area I am a former teacher. As a tour guide, I now have the best classroom (Chicago) and the best students (my guests). I would love to share my favorite city with you. So, join me; won’t you? If you don't find a tour at a day or time that works for you, please let me know and I will do my best to add a tour to accommodate your schedule.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

(If you prefer another day or time, please contact me with your availability. I will do the best to accommodate your schedule.)

Since 1884 when the world's first skyscraper was built here, Chicago has been known for its world-class architecture.
We will explore some of the City Landmarks and Nationally registered buildings. We will walk through time from the oldest to the newest buildings on the river and you will be introduced to the varied styles of building design, methods of construction and some of the world-class architects and building engineers  who have sculpted the city skyline over the years. Come for the tour; stay for the surprise at the end.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    401 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    401 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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    We will begin our tour in front of the Apple store on the northeast corner of the DuSable Bridge on Michigan Ave. at the river. Look for me with the red umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Apple Michigan Avenue
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Wrigley Building
  • 3
    Outside visit
    LondonHouse Chicago
  • 4
    Outside visit
    330 N. Wabash Avenue
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Marina City
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Leo Burnett
  • 7
    Outside visit
    LaSalle-Wacker Building
  • 8
    Outside visit
    333 West Wacker Drive

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Sophie 08 Nov 2023

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Travelled in group - Nov 2023
Lynn is hearty, very knowledgeable and her love for her city is contagious. Thanks again for the tours! Sophie&Cie, from Montréal, Québec.
maria 23 Oct 2023
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in group - Oct 2023
Excelente explicación, detalles y su inglés era SÚPER claro y calmo para que los extranjeros podamos comprender bien! UNA GENIA!!!!
Nathaniel 15 Oct 2023
West Palm Beach

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Travelled in group - Oct 2023
Lynn knew Chicago and recommended great Chicago style pizza along with great ideas of things to do in Chicago. I haven't started with the history of the fire and Chicago architecture that made it great. Lynn will make you love the city.
Jörg 02 Oct 2023

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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
Lynn was perfect, even with only one person showing up, she did the tour. It was great. Thanks again.
Luciana 20 Sep 2023
Buenos Aires

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Realmente muy completa toda la información y las ganas con la que transmite la experiencia de arquitectura en Chicago. La amamos!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.