Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour in Chicago, IL

Inside the Marquette Building.Chicago, IL 60603
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Presented by Chicago Detours, Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour offers a unique way to get an in-depth view of downtown Chicago’s beautiful architecture. Guests will see inside a variety of lobbies, corridors, the underground Pedway system and more, with roughly 95% of the tour taking place indoors. Highlights include the “Chicago Picasso” sculpture, Chicago Cultural Center and more.

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For this architecture walking tour, you’ll step inside magnificent lobbies, corridors, and the underground Pedway system for an in-depth, personal approach to a Chicago architecture walking tour downtown.

The Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour takes you on a creative route that weaves through buildings and secret short-cuts. 95% of the tour takes place inside, making it great for any kind of weather.

Tour guests share iPads with archival images of maps, historic photos, and documentary video clips while the tour guide shares stories of Chicago history. Our fun and passionate tour guides are highly trained professionals with degrees in architecture, design, art history and history. They know how to connect with a group, spark imaginations, and communicate new concepts in relating to architecture.

Looking at the outside of buildings, such as with architectural boat tours, can be a great first step in engaging with Chicago architecture. For the next level of connection with Chicago architecture, go inside of the buildings. You will appreciate Chicago architecture from new perspectives. From the interiors, you can truly experience architectural space rather than from the more isolated perspective of a downtown sidewalk.

Interior Architecture Walking and Pedway Tour Highlights
• Church in a Skyscraper with Stained Glass Windows
• The “Chicago Picasso” Sculpture
• Chicago Underground Pedway System
• The Contemporary Block 37 Development
• Marshall Field’s Department Store
• Sparkling Tiffany Mosaics
• Chicago Cultural Center

Stories and Ideas
• How to read Chicago architecture to understand the history
• Stories of corruption and generosity
• Why the “El” is elevated
• Design psychology behind interior space
• A surprising history of shopping
• Religion and social diversity

Loop Walking Tour includes:
• Engaging tour guide commentary
• Shared use of iPads with video & photos
• Professionally printed Chicago Pedway Map
• Special Chicago gifts

We start INSIDE the Marquette Building at 140 S. Dearborn. Walk Straight through the lobby and continue straight to the back of the exhibit space to find your tour guide. Please arrive 10-15 minutes in advance for check-in. Tour ends inside the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. A total walking distance of 0.5 miles.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour

How early should I arrive?
We suggest arriving 10-15 minutes prior to your tour time. Also, consider time for parking.

Where does the tour begin?
You will start INSIDE the Southeast entrance of Chase Tower, 10 S. Dearborn St. 

Where does the tour end?
The tour ends inside the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. 

What should I wear?
We suggest comfortable walking shoes. Please be prepared to walk or stand for the tour duration. While we are not outside for most of the duration of our Chicago walking tours, please come prepared, i.e. water, umbrella.

Is parking available?
Chicago Detours offers our guests a special discounted rate for parking at the Grant Park North Garage, accessible from Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street. Rate is $15 ($38 value), valid up to 12 hours. Upon check-in for the tour, ask the tour guide for a voucher for the discounted rate. This is four blocks from the tour meeting point, and right at the tour end location.

Is audio, video or photography allowed?
Please no video or audio recording devices. Minimal note-taking permitted. Photography during tour is welcome – but don’t get left behind!

Does the walking tour operate rain or shine?
Rain or shine we go! No refunds. In the case of serious conditions, we’ll call you.

Is the tour appropriate for children?
We welcome kids but adults will have a better time! We let you judge whether your child is interested in architecture and history for the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour.

Are there bathrooms on the tour?
We advise a bathroom break before the tour.