Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour in Chicago, IL

Chicago DetoursInside 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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Valerie M
Chicago, Illinois, USA
"These people really know what they are doing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 04, 2019
This was a fun, interactive, and interesting way to check out the Fulton Market neighborhood in Chicago. I had actually lived in this area for about a decade, and was impressed by how much they had really dug into the local culture, history, and people. There were so many things I didn't know! Our tour guide Alex was terrific and the food choices were fabulous (although not necessarily the fancy stuff that you might expect from that neighborhood).
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Leslie W
Chicago, Illinois
"Monadnack Building Plus"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 06, 2019
We took a short walking tour of the historic preservation of the Monadnock Building with a most knowledgeable guide. We learned the difference between renovation and restoration, the fascinating history of the building itself, and observed first-hand the details which render this building to have a legitimate feel of the 90s...that would be 1890s. As someone who has walked by the building often, it was a wonderful revelation. The contrast between this restored building and the renovated Fisher building across the street was very clear. The building is truly a Chicago treasure.
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Ann W
Bella Vista, Arkansas
"Super Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 24, 2019
Had a super tour with Alex. He provided a great amount of information. Learned some interesting facts about the sights and history of the buildings we toured or passed by. Alex used a couple of quiz formats as vehicles to share historical and current facts; when relating info, he spoke quickly but clearly to and appropriately loud for our group size; he allowed time for group members to take photos. We experienced the pedway; have you even heard of it?! The tour was a fun way to explore some sights we might have otherwise missed. See the tour info for specifics.
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Karen M
"Interior Loop Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2019
An excellent tour led by a very knowledgeable guide, Marie. What made this tour different from other tours I’ve been on was the interactive nature of the tour. While seeing sights I know well I not only learned new things, but Marie’s insightful questions made me see familiar places with new eyes.
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Montgomery, Illinois
"Worth it even in the winter"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 30, 2019
Our tour guide had just enough energy to keep you engaged. I learned a lot and got to see some sites I’d never seen or noticed.
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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.