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Chicago: Treasures of the Golden Age Walking Tour

1. Chicago: Treasures of the Golden Age Walking Tour

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. 

Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago Exclusive Guided Tour

2. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago Exclusive Guided Tour

Getting to see famous artworks by true contemporary masters is a rare experience, but on a busy day at the art museum you might not even be able to enjoy what you’re seeing! On this exclusive, small group tour of the Art Institute of Chicago, your guide will show you the most famous pieces in a collection of 300,000, and you’ll actually get to enjoy them before the crowds. Meet your expert guide by the Lions on Michigan Avenue, then slip into the doors of the Art Institute for an exclusive guided tour. First, visit the gallery and take in George Seurat’s can’t-miss masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Then, wander over to enjoy alone time with three of Van Gogh’s pieces: The Bedroom, Self Portrait, and The Drinkers. Next, continue your journey into Impressionism with the Claude Monet’s mesmerizing artworks such as Stacks of Wheat, Water Lilies, and Water Lily Pond. Watch these pieces come to life as your guide shares the stories behind these iconic paintings. Visit galleries featuring works by American artists such as Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, and Jacob Lawrence. Here, you will even get to see the iconic American Gothic by Grant Wood! Finally, enjoy the intriguing works of Spanish artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Learn the story behind Picasso's The Old Guitarist before seeing Dalí’s Inventions of the Monsters and the head-scratching Venus de Milo With Drawers statue.

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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.

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.

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.

Chicago has som beautiful architctural treasures with very interesting histories. This tour brings alive those factors We got to see some fabulous interiors also. This tour will make your day !

Suzy was excellent, showing us places we would not have known about. Great tour!