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Architecture of Money and Power Tour Debut with Free Pizza – Apr 24

See the financial district in a new way on our newest walking tour

We’re celebrating the Architecture of Money and Power Financial District Tour debut with a special event! Our newest downtown walking tour explores the opulent architecture and secret stories in the heart of the financial district, with a free pizza dinner at Boni Vino at the conclusion.


Architecture on this financial district walking tour debut spans a century with styles ranging from refined Classical to sleek Art Deco and glittering Postmodernism. We’ll consider why bank buildings often look like temples, visit the largest and most technologically-advanced downtown building of the 1930s, and consider the symbolic meaning of Chicago skyscrapers. Architectural eye candy includes ornate carved stone details, massive murals, and sparkling Tiffany mosaics. Buildings visited include the Chicago Board of Trade, The Rookery, the Union League Club, the Federal Center, the Field Building, and more.

We’ll also see the “back door” of the Board of Trade. Here, on Van Buren, a time-warp exists in the middle of downtown Chicago. Historic bars and a pawn shop skulk beneath rickety ‘L’ tracks.

In addition to the architectural eye candy, tour guests will hear about the greed and generosity of power brokers of all pinstripes.

We’re excited to make this tour available to the public, so our Executive Director Amanda will lead the tour debut. After the tour concludes, tour guests are invited to join Amanda and the Detours team to an old-school pizza joint for free pizza and revelry to celebrate the launch of this new tour during our 10th anniversary year.

As one would expect from Chicago Detours, this walking tour explores stories and places locals don’t know. The guide will share either tell lesser-known stories behind famous buildings or step into overlooked buildings right in the heart of the financial district.


The regularly-scheduled “Architecture of Money and Power Financial District Walking Tour” will be available on Mondays and Fridays at 1:15pm beginning April 27. Join us for the Friday, April 24 debut to celebrate the launch of this new tour and to share free pizza with Amanda and the Detours team after the tour concludes!


2 Hours


.6 miles



  • Days & Times

  • Friday, April 24th


  • The Art Deco glamour of the Bank of America Building
  • Glittering architectural interiors of the Postmodern 190 S. Lasalle Building
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s opulent remodel of the Rookery
  • The Union League Club’s residential-inspired architecture
  • The site of the Home Insurance Building, the world's first skyscraper

Stories & Ideas

  • The vibrant history of open outcry
  • A gorgeous building cursed with the worst bank collapses in American history
  • Disappearing sculptures from the Chicago Board of Trade
  • Northern Trust Bank’s armed militia
  • Eccentric self-made billionaire John D. MacArthur

Tour Includes

  • Engaging tour guide commentary
  • Shared use of iPads with video and photos
  • Special gifts
  • Free pizza at Boni Vino!

Tour Location

Walking tour meets inside street-level lobby of 39 S. LaSalle Street.
Tour ends inside the Marquette Building, 140 S. Dearborn.

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Call: 312.350.1131
E-Mail: [email protected]