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Chicago Architecture

29 Jan

Experience the unique urban setting Chicago offers its visitors.  Architecture enthusiast or not, you will be enthralled by the city’s vast construct….

Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago

Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence is a key component in discovering Chicago. Whether its visiting the masterfully constructed Robie House or the immense Rookery Building, you will see why Wright’s designs are deemed “cornerstones of modernism” within architecture.  Tours range anywhere from free to $30 per person.

The Rookery

Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Chicago Architecture Foundation

The Chicago Architecture Foundation orchestrates some of the best & most informative tours when it comes to Chicago buildings.  There tours are easy to pick and choose from, and although their boat tours do not start until April 2013, they have a wide variety of guided expeditions to choose from: walking, biking, buses, el train, and segways, and they also have a great museum to visit at 224 S. Michigan Ave.  Read some reviews here.  In addition, check out this nice compilation of the Top 40 Buildings compiled by Chicago Magazine.

Chicago Elevated Tours.

Chicago Pedway Tour.

Check out Chicago’s original Pedway system and more through our friends at Chicago Elevated. These interesting tours give great perspectives on Chicago architecture and really generate some stellar reviews.  We highly recommend any of their tours, here’s a bit more about the pedway: “The Chicago Pedway Tour will lead you through the Pedway,  the backdrop for an amusing and enlightening tour of some of the hot-spots (or a least warm-spots) of downtown Chicago.  The tour focuses on interesting anecdotes and tales about some of the great buildings downtown, but it’s also a study of the city underneath the city. The Pedway is a  strange and wonderful place and adds so much to the city’s personality.”

The Ledge at Willis Tower.

Brace yourself for spectacular views on an all glass ledge at the infamous Skydeck.  We sell the pass at our 24/7 front desk for 20% off the normal price (that’s a $3.50 savings) so you get it for $14.  You can also get a discounted ticket for the breath-taking/ unparelled lakefront views at the John Hancock Observation Deck for only $12, and a $18 ticket for the Art Institute of Chicago.  Skip the ticket lines and see some of Chicago’s greatest landmarks.

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