Guided tour

Chicago: Historic Skyscrapers Guided Walking Tour

Chicago: Historic Skyscrapers Guided Walking Tour

From US$ 30 per person

Explore famous buildings and architecture on a walking tour in Chicago, home to some of the world's earliest skyscrapers. See why Chicago is often called "The Birthplace of the Skyscraper."

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Experience the wonder of some of Chicago's most historic skyscrapers
  • Learn how skyscrapers changed the cultural landscape of 19th-century cities
  • Discover how Chicago became established as an innovative architectural center
  • Learn from your local guide, trained by the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Full description

Take a step back in time to the late 19th century to see and experience these world-famous early tall buildings that transformed a city devastated by fire into a center of skyscraper design and engineering. Let your expert guide immerse you in the architectural history of this city on this walking tour of Chicago.  Highlights of this walking tour include: Burnham and Root's Rookery (1888), with its Moorish and Romanesque exterior and its interior atrium redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright; Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium Building (1889), a masterpiece of acoustical and structural engineering; and Holabird and Roche's Marquette Building (1895), an outstanding example of Chicago commercial building design.

  • Certified docent from the Chicago Architecture Foundation
  • Chicago Architecture Center gallery admission
  • Walking tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Storage for luggage or strollers
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Fine Arts Building. The guide will have a list of attendees.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • All tours are given by Chicago Architecture Foundation certified volunteer docents who receive hundreds of hours of training about Chicago’s architecture and its history. They are storytellers and Chicago experts.
  • This tour is unable to provide secure storage for luggage or strollers.
  • Unfortunately there are no refunds due to the weather, and tours depart rain or shine.
  • Pets are not allowed, but service animals are welcome.

Product ID: 159686