Architectural Walking Tour in The Loop District, Chicago

Architectural Walking Tour in The Loop District, Chicago

Chicago features an outstanding architectural legacy. This city has long been connected with some of architecture's most important names: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and Holabird & Root. The Loop District offers an extensive number of Chicago's famous architectural "must-see" buildings such as Old Post Office, Sears Tower, Old St. Patrick's Church, or Rookery Building. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous constructions of the Loop District, Chicago.
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Architectural Walking Tour in The Loop District Map

Guide Name: Architectural Walking Tour in The Loop District
Guide Location: USA » Chicago (See other walking tours in Chicago)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Author: doris
Buckingham Fountain

1) Buckingham Fountain (must see)

Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in Grant Park which was dedicated in 1927. The fountain is considered to be Chicago's front door, since it resides in Grant Park, the city's front yard. The fountain, located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway, was designed with sculptures by Jacques Lambert. The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan, while each sea horse symbolizes a state bordering the lake. The statues were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau. The design of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Auditorium Building

2) Auditorium Building

The Auditorium Building was originally built in 1889 as Chicago's Opera House. Today, it combines a hotel, office space and a spectacular theater. The building features Eclectic Romanesque Revival architectural style. Its main highlights are the proscenium arch over the theater stage painted with 45 life-size classical figures, and the mosaics inside the building which are estimated to include 50 million pieces of...   view more
Fine Arts Building

3) Fine Arts Building

Fine Arts Building was constructed in 1884. It is one of the few remaining buildings in Chicago designed specifically for working artists. The bronze cast elevator doors and ornate clocks are among the building's original features. This historic building houses two theaters, several offices, some amazing shops and music...   view more
Harold Washington Library

4) Harold Washington Library (must see)

The Harold Washington Library Center is the central library for the Chicago Public Library System. It is named for former Mayor Harold Washington. It is approximately 756,640 square feet (70,294 m2). The Harold Washington Library opened on October 7, 1991. After the refurbishment of the Chicago Cultural Center in 1977, where the central library had been housed, much of the library's collection was placed into storage. Upon the building's completion in 1991, the new Mayor Richard M....   view more
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Fisher Building

5) Fisher Building

The Fisher Building is 20-story, 275-foot-tall neo-Gothic landmark building located at 343 South Dearborn Street in the Chicago Loop community area of Chicago. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on June 7, 1978. At the time of its completion, the building was one of two buildings in the city that was 18 stories tall, the other being the Masonic Building. To this day, the Fisher Building is the oldest 18 story building in Chicago that has not been demolished. The Fisher Building features...   view more
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Marquette Building

6) Marquette Building

The Marquette Building, completed in 1895, is a Chicago, Illinois landmark that was built by the George A. Fuller Company and designed by architects Holabird & Roche. The building was one of the early steel frame skyscrapers of its day, and is considered one of the best examples of the Chicago School of architecture. The architects, Holabird & Roche, used trademark long horizontal bay "Chicago windows" on the Marquette Building. These are large panes of glass flanked by narrow...   view more
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Rookery Building

7) Rookery Building (must see)

The Rookery Building is a historic landmark located in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Completed by John Wellborn Root and Daniel Burnham of Burnham and Root in 1888, it is considered one of their masterpiece buildings. It measures 181 feet (55 m), is twelve stories tall and is considered the oldest standing high-rise in Chicago. It has a unique style with exterior load-bearing walls and an interior steel frame. The building was designated a Chicago...   view more
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Willis Tower

8) Willis Tower (must see)

Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is a 108-story 1,451 feet (442 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At the time of its completion in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York. Currently, Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world as well as the fifth tallest building in the world to the roof. Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower opened as The Sears Tower Skydeck...   view more
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Union Station

9) Union Station

Union Station is a Chicago train station that opened in 1925, replacing an earlier 1881 station, and is now the only intercity rail terminal in Chicago. Union Station was built on the west side of the Chicago River and stands between Adams Street and Jackson Street. It is, including approach and storage tracks, about nine and a half city blocks in size, and almost entirely beneath streets and skyscrapers (only its impressive head house is not). Since the station is underground, exhaust from the...   view more
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Old St. Patrick's Church

10) Old St. Patrick's Church

Old St. Patrick's Church is one of the Chicago's most famous religious buildings. It was built in 1854. The church features Romanesque architectural style. It is one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, being today the oldest public building in the City of Chicago. The church is characterized by a spectacular interior, with amazing stained glass windows, marble ceiling and unique...   view more
Civic Opera House

11) Civic Opera House (must see)

One of the world's most beautiful constructions, Civic Opera House, is located in the heart of Downtown Chicago, in the famous Loop District. The construction of the building is characterized as a hybrid of Art Deco and Art Nouveau architectural styles. This venue houses the world-known Lyric Opera of...   view more
Chicago City Hall

12) Chicago City Hall (must see)

Chicago City Hall is the official seat of government of the City of Chicago in Illinois. Situated on a city block bounded by Randolph, LaSalle, Washington, and Clark streets, the 11-story structure was designed by the architectural firm Holabird & Roche in the classical revival style. The building was officially dedicated on February 27, 1911. Chicago City Hall's entrance features four relief panels sculpted in granite by John Flanagan. Each of the panels represents one of four...   view more
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Chicago Theatre

13) Chicago Theatre (must see)

The Chicago Theatre, originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre, is a landmark theater located on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago, Illinois. When it opened on October 26, 1921, the 3,880 seat theater was promoted as the "Wonder Theatre of the World". Now the Chicago Theatre is a performing arts venue for stage plays, magic shows, comedy, speeches, and popular music concerts. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 6, 1979,...   view more
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Aqua Tower

14) Aqua Tower (must see)

The Aqua Tower is located on the 200 block of North Columbus Drive, and is surrounded by high-rises. Aqua is an 86-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago. Designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang, the building is the tallest in the world, at 859 ft, to have a woman as lead architect. The Aqua was named the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2009 skyscraper of the year and was shortlisted in 2010 for the biannual International Highrise Award. To capture...   view more
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Walking Tours in Chicago, Illinois

Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

Chicago offers a wide range of amazing green outdoor spaces. Grant and Millennium are two lakefront parks, that represent the city's progressive design streak from the 19th century to the 21st. These parks feature amazing architecture and design. Take this walk to explore the beauties the two parks have to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Discovering Chinatown

Discovering Chinatown

Located in the Armour Square, the Chinatown in Chicago was first established in 1912. It is considered the best example of American Chinatown. Here, you will find a wide range of unique boutiques, specialty shops, amazing religious buildings, Chinese medicine stores and Chinese restaurants. Take this walking tour to discover Chicago's Chinatown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
The Magnificent Mile Area Walk

The Magnificent Mile Area Walk

The Magnificent Mile is located between the Chicago River and the Lake Shore Drive. It is considered one of the great avenues of the world, being Chicago's version of the Champs-Elysees. Take this walk to explore the Magnificent Mile boulevard and the surrounding area, that features a wide selection of amazing shops, world-known museums, restaurants and spectacular architecture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Shopping Tour

Shopping Tour

Chicago offers a wide variety of shopping experience, from upscale boutiques, unique shops to discount outlet malls, and everything in between. Don't miss a great entertaining experience. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous shopping destinations in Chicago.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Chicago without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Chicago, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Art Galleries Tour

Art Galleries Tour

The art world in Chicago is considered vast. There is a large number of art galleries in this city and each gallery has its own unique setup and outstanding exhibitions on display. The beautiful galleries feature works in a wide range of fields, from up-and-coming artists to famous artists like Pablo Picasso. Take this walking tour to explore some of the most famous galleries in Chicago.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km

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