PRIVATE SOUTH LOOP WALKING TOUR OVERVIEW
This area of Chicago is like an open air museum of architecture and relics of various periods of Chicago history. You’ll see architecture from 1870s mansions to early 1900s factories to 1970s public housing. On our tour, we’ll consider how the ups and downs of neighborhood change are the same as anything in life. You have to take risks. Most symbolically, Chicago failed with the Great Chicago Fire. But we’ll talk about a company that rose from the ashes to become one of the largest in its industry still today.
We’ll visit the sites of failure and success, from the course of Muddy Waters career with Chess Records as a blues musician, to the course of cars in shaping cities for better and for worse. Guests will learn of the dramatic fall of the mansion district, as beautiful greystones went from high-class soirees to flophouses and publishing offices.
The neighborhood’s Prairie Avenue once boasted “Millionaire Row.” At the peak of the Gilded Age in the late 19th century, some of the wealthiest people in American history built palatial mansions here. The contrast of a century later brings us on our tour to the oft-overlooked 1970s – a crucial and overlooked time in Chicago history. It was a time of transition. The neighborhood was spattered with industrial buildings, shuttered train stations, parking lots, and McCormick Place, the just-opened, colossal convention center. Despite this unbecoming state in the 1970s, the forces unleashed at that nadir of urban decay led to the vibrant and redeveloped neighborhood we experience on our walking tour.
This quick, 1.75-hour curated experience starts in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis, 2121 S Prairie Ave, and ends at the Clarke House, 1827 S Indiana.
WHY BOOK THIS SOUTH LOOP WALKING TOUR FOR YOUR GROUP?
Our walking tour is a like a mobile documentary. We show media on iPads. We design the content using archival resources in order to share untold stories. This tour is a curated narrative of neighborhood change. Tour guides go beyond the dates and names of wealthy families on Prairie Avenue.
Our professional tour guides truly love and know Chicago architecture and history. They are not volunteer docents. We are all educators and committed to sharing secret stories behind buildings and new ideas for architectural appreciation.
As you look into possibilities for your Chicago private group event, this quick guide may help you determine if we would be the best tour company for your event. Dates book up quick, so call us now to reserve a spot for your group tour!
In business since 2010, we are a top-rated Chicago tour company. We hold five-stars on both TripAdvisor and Google. Many of our Chicago architecture walking tours integrate historic bars, food, and music history. We hope you’ll join us to explore stories and places locals don’t even know, both downtown and in Chicago neighborhoods.