Guided tour

Chicago: Treasures of the Golden Age Walking Tour

Guided tour

Chicago: Treasures of the Golden Age Walking Tour

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From US$ 30 per person

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Discover many of Chicago's architectural landmark buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century. This tour through Chicago's famous Loop includes the dazzling interiors of Marshall Field’s, the Palmer House Hotel and the Chicago Cultural Center.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Learn about the great architectural landmarks from the Golden Age (1890s-1930s) on Michigan Avenue and State Street
  • Hear about the city's architectural gems—museums, department stores, skyscrapers and concert halls—and the men and women who inspired them
  • Understand why Chicago was determined to become a great cultural metropolis after the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
  • See buildings designed by noted architects like Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan and Holabird and Roche
  • Learn from your local expert guide, trained by the Chicago Architecture Center – the city’s leading authority on architecture
Full description
This Historic Treasures of Chicago tour covers the most significant historic architectural landmarks in Chicago’s Loop. Your expert guide, trained by the Chicago Architecture Center, will focus on great cultural buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which harkened back to earlier time periods and were designed in revival styles such as Beaux Arts, neo-Georgian and neo-Gothic. Marvel at exteriors and interiors of dazzling beauty and startling originality, and get a glimpse inside some of the city's most beloved buildings.    The highlights of this walking tour will include the Chicago Cultural Center, home to the world's largest Tiffany dome; the iconic Marshall Field's department store, now Macy's on State; and the Palmer House, a beautifully restored hotel from the 1920s. 
  • New: admission to the Chicago Architecture Center Exhibits
  • 2-hour walking tour
  • Chicago Architecture Center certified guide
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
  • Storage for luggage and strollers
  • Coat check
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Check in inside Chicago Architecture Center, 111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60601

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 60 reviews

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With so many buildings and architecture to see, which ones are the most significant and relevant? This is where the tour comes in. The tour guide did not disappoint; you enter into some of the buildings where if you go by yourself, you wouldn’t dare. The tour is awesome and it leaves you with a nice feeling of appreciating the architecture of the city. Buildings we entered: Chicago Cultural Center Palmer House Marshall Field and Company Building - this is the Macy's store, its public, but the surprise is something that you wouldn't see if you are wandering by yourself (Ceiling with Tiffany Mosaics). Impressive and highly recommended.

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March 28, 2023

The tour took us to see the inside of 3 buildings: chicago cultural center, palmer house, and reliance building. The first two were very beautiful inside. We went on a Saturday and there were 2 weddings going on at the cutural center. So we were not allowed to enter the rooms. So perhaps Saturday would not be a good time to go on this tour.

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March 28, 2023

The tour involves walking round a number of buildings built in the 1870to 1920 period, the Golden Age of architecture in Chicago, having them explained enthusiastically by an excellent and informative guide, at a level anyone can understand. Viewing both outdoors and indoors, we saw facets we would never have noticed on our own. The tour was the best we took in Chicago and gets our top vote of things to do there, even excelling the city boat trips.

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March 28, 2023

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