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Three Architecture and History Events in Chicago This Week

By Amanda on March 4, 2014



In this week’s list of events in Chicago architecture and history, we highlight a behind-the-scenes tour of an architecture firm, a pub crawl of Chicago’s entertainment history, and a Mardi Gras-style party celebrating the year of our city’s birth.

1. Chicago’s 177th Birthday Celebration – Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

CELEBRATION – Tuesday, March 4th, 10:30am-7pm


Chicago turns 177 years old on Tuesday with a Mardi Gras-themed celebration and food truck rally in downtown’s Daley Plaza. The event kicks off with a short program including a drum interpretation of “Happy Birthday” by the American Indian Center of Chicago and a Mardi Gras-style parade into the plaza where DJ Lisa Rene will provide all-day entertainment. Enjoy a host of food trucks with lunchtime and after work dining options or relax with a glass of beer or wine from Goose Island. And most importantly, there will be free cake from Eli’s Cheesecake!

2. Tour of bKL Architecture LLC -225 N. Columbus Dr., Suite 100

TOUR – Tuesday March 4th, 6pm-9pm

FREE – reservations required

For architecture enthusiasts of Chicago, this week the Young Architects Forum Meetup Group is offering a brief studio tour and firm overview of bKL Architecture LLC. One can network afterwards over free pizza, generously provided by the firm, and drink specials off wine, beer, and cocktails fromĀ Filini Bar & Restaurant.

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Photo Credit: Kate Joyce


3. Historic Chicago Bar Walking Tour – 435 N. Michigan Ave., inside Argo Tea

TOUR – Saturdays, 5:45pm

$34 plus drinks – reservations required

Due to the popularity of our Historic Chicago Bar Tour, Chicago Detours is permanently adding a second Saturday evening tour to our regular Saturday 5pm tour schedule. On this tour we drink, eat and learn about the history of Chicago entertainment, meaning anything from jazz history to prohibition, social clubs, and nightlife. Plus we look at some spectacular Chicago architecture on this walking tour that stays mostly indoors.


Chicago Detours offers guided walking and bus tours of architecture, history and culture to public and private groups. We are a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and are proud to be one of very few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Google and TripAdvisor.


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