Explore 1950's State Street with an Architectural Historian

Historical Architecture Tour

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What You'll Get


The Deal

  • $50 for one admission to a 1950s Night on the Town with Wendy Bright
  • The tour is 2.5 hours long and for adults only
  • Events take place rain or shine
  • Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

Groups meet at the Argo Tea at Randolph and State.

Each event is capped at 8 participants; each event requires a minimum of 2 participants in order to take place.


What You’ll Do

Nowadays, the early 20th century can seem like the pinnacle of class, sophistication, and casual beauty. But with architectural historian Wendy Bright, that time is still very much vibrant in downtown Chicago. Starting on the former premises of the Heidelberg Restaurant, she takes guests through a short video about the history of the Rialto and surrounding theater district before leading a tour of the 1950s’ sites and drinks.

  • Bask in the Chicago of Yesteryear
    Walk along State Street, taking in the elegant architecture of the mid-20th century.

  • Head to Historic Haunts
    Stop at the Berghoff for a complimentary glass of beer, wine, or root beer, before heading to the lobby of a historic hotel for a dessert sample, a taste of the area’s past, and classic cocktails (not included).

  • Become One with a Different Age
    Guests are encouraged to dress the part, donning their finest duds for their downtown tour.


Your Host

Wendy Bright Wendy Bright
Architectural Historian

When Wendy Bright looks at a building, she sees more than a façade of brick, glass, or concrete. She envisions the sights and sounds of bygone eras, reaching back into the past to tell the stories of the many people and events hosted in historic structures. After earning a master’s degree in art history, Wendy decided to pair her curiosity for American buildings with her aesthetic sense and became an architectural historian. She has trained with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and aims to get others interested in the rich architectural history of Chicago.


The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Jul 31, 2014. Amount paid never expires. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Reservations required prior to attending event. Dates subject to capacity and cancellation. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 2 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Must be 21 or older. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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