Architecture on this financial district walking tour will range from sleek art deco to glittering post-modern, with buildings constructed from the late 1800s into more present times. We’ll consider the roots of why bank buildings often look like temples. We’ll see ornate carved stone details and massive murals. Buildings include the Chicago Board of Trade, The Rookery, Union League Club, the Federal Center, Field Building and more. About 70% of this interior walking tour takes place inside, making it good for any time of year in Chicago.
We also venture to the “back door” of the Board of Trade. Here a time-warp exists in the middle of downtown Chicago, with historic bars, an old school pizza joint, a pawn shop, and the rickety tracks of the El train.
Our regular tour is 1.5 hours long. You can also opt to integrate a drink at a historic bar midway into the tour and extend the time to 2 hours. We would stop for a beer or well drink at the Sky Ride, to take little step back to a time long before artisan cocktails.
In keeping with Chicago Detours’ mission to explore stories and places locals don’t know, this tour will either tell lesser known stories behind famous buildings or take guests into buildings they might not normally notice right in the heart of the financial district.
WHY BOOK THIS INTERIOR WALKING TOUR FOR YOUR PRIVATE GROUP?
Our expert tour guides are highly trained, smart, fun and passionate about Chicago architecture and history. We share the human side with the secret stories behind buildings and new ideas in appreciating architecture.
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