Marquette Building

Marquette Building: Our most recommended tours and activities

Chicago: Downtown Architectural Interiors Tour

1. Chicago: Downtown Architectural Interiors Tour

Jump right into beautiful architectural interiors of the Roaring '20s, taking in the class and elegance of a classic Art Deco masterpiece. Go back 50 years to the 1880s and explore the structure and style of one of the most famous and oldest buildings in downtown Chicago. Next, you'll marvel at a vaulted ceiling from the Postmodern era, surrounded by Moorish details. Finally, you'll end looking up at the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass mosaic, and very close to the world-famous Millennium Park with one of the most famous landmarks of Chicago, "The Bean."

Chicago: Private Architecture Tour - 3 or 6 Hours

2. Chicago: Private Architecture Tour - 3 or 6 Hours

Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your local tour guide, an expert on the architecture of Chicago. Travel through the city in luxury private transportation to discover its rich architectural history. See famous buildings such as the Sears Tower, The John Hancock Building, and the Wrigley Building Discover Gothic gems along the Magnificent Mile, historic brownstones, and the Frank Lloyd Wright homes of Oak Park. Enjoy a unique added value opportunity to view not only the outside but the amazing hidden interior of many of the buildings on the tour. At your discretion, make numerous stops along the tour to go to the top of the sky decks of famous skyscrapers. Walk along the Chicago River and enter the inside of buildings designed by many famous architects. This tour has several different options. Enjoy the sites of the downtown Chicago area with its many skyscrapers, amazing interiors and great photo opportunities. You may also choose the Oak Park Frank Lloyd Wright Homes and Studio option in lieu of the downtown tour where you will have the opportunity to view the interior of his very first home and studio along with over two dozen of his original structures lining Forest Street in Oak Park anchored by Unity Temple, considered to be the world's first building of the modern architectural style. Each of the above separate options are 3 hours long. If you are to choose both options for a full 6-hour touring experience, enjoy a lunch stop at one of Chicago's many famous hot dog stands or deep-dish pizza joints.

Best of Chicago: Skydeck, River Cruise & City Walking Tour

3. Best of Chicago: Skydeck, River Cruise & City Walking Tour

At Willis Tower, take the first elevator of the day up 103 floors to the Skydeck, the 3rd tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. On a clear day views extend to 4 States!! Back on ground level, it’s time to traverse Chicago’s Loop, alongside your local guide and see the city’s Art Deco architecture will be laid out before – or rather, above – you! Pass the magnificent Board of Trade Building and take in the statue of Ceres, Ancient Greek goddess of the harvest, looming over the skyline three stories high. The Loop may be a business district but it’s much more than that—including the birthplace of the world’s first skyscraper. At the Monadnock Building where your expert local guide will be waiting to take you on a journey through the city’s most storied structures Next, walk through the awe-inspiring lobby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at the Rookery. Many elements here only an expert can point out, including the secret glass mosaics adorning the lobbies. You’ll listen to the history of the cast of characters that brought Chicago to world-wide fame, admire one of the world’s most historically significant doors and get a view of the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world. Millennium Park is the next stop where the iconic Cloud Gate can be found. After getting a picture in front of ‘The Bean’, it’s time to walk up Michigan Avenue for more architectural stories and history. The last stop of the day is Chicago’s iconic Riverwalk for a 90-minute architecture cruise, passing down the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Enjoy the snacks and refreshments available to purchase on board, and take in the day’s discoveries from the water.

Chicago: Tiffany Art Glass Works Walking Tour

4. Chicago: Tiffany Art Glass Works Walking Tour

Visit some of Chicago’s most magnificent art-glass and mosaic installations. Discover stories about the man behind the glass from your expert guide. Take a walk around the art glass installations designed and crafted by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. Marvel at the decorative glass or mosaics that adorn public and private buildings across the Windy City. Discover one of the largest collections of Tiffany art glass in the United States. Learn all about Tiffany while experiencing some remarkable examples of his work. Compare Tiffany's large artworks with other contemporary installations.

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What people are saying about Marquette Building

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Very informative, everything worked out wonderfully from pick up to the end. Very nice and very good guide, also nice and courteous driver, comfortable car. The tour itself has a strong focus on Lloyd Wright, but that's fitting in a city where he started, has been active, and where many of his homes stand. Overall excellent tour with insights we would never have had otherwise.

The sheer beauty of Tiffany glass is awesome. The two Tiffany glass domes at the Cultural Center are breathtaking. Who knew there is a Tiffany glass ceiling at Macy’s (Field’s) ? The presentation at the Marquette Building is also impressive. This is a Chicago walking tour worth taking.

Absolute must for history and architecture lovers. We have walked past several of these buildings in the past and had no idea what stunning architectural design and history was inside.

Super informative, great group, delightful guide. Highly Recommended!

Great content. Wonderful guide. Kylie is knowledgeable and personable