Check out the Michigan Avenue Bridge, the Diamond Building, Aqua Tower, the new Maggie Daley Park and more on this guided adventure by Chicago Detours. What makes this the best architecture walking tour since sliced bread? The fact that it's more creative, educational and fun than any other. You'll be learning about architectural styles in multiple ways -- by looking at buildings in front of you, by seeing images and video on shared iPads, and by learning titillating tidbits from your guide. For example: What does Michael Jackson's Thriller have to do with the design of a post-modern skyscraper? And Andy Warhol's soup cans with modernism? Whether you're new to Chicago or have lived here your whole life, there's something to learn on this tour -- and a whole lot of fun to be had.
This tour lasts 90 minutes and covers approximately 1/2 mile.
Best Architecture Walking Tour Highlights
Chicago’s Underground Layers
Michigan Avenue Bridge
Carbide and Carbon Building
Mies van der Rohe’s Illinois Center
The New Maggie Daley Park
Shared iPads with images of pop culture comparisons
Stories and Ideas
Fort Dearborn and the “simple life”
Chicago School of Architecture
Art Deco and the Roaring ’20s
Mechanization and modernist architecture
The fun shapes of post-modern forms
Recent trends in city living