United States of America
Walking tour of Downtown Chicago Art Deco architecture
Narration by a professional and certified Guide
Food and beverages
CTA rapid transit stations: (walking distance from the following)
Adams/Wabash station for the Brown, Green, Orange and Purple Lines
Jackson/State Station for the Red Line
Jackson/Dearborn Station for the Blue Line
Walk east on Adams or Jackson to Michigan Avenue. At Adams, turn right (south) on Michigan Avenue.
CTA Bus Lines:
Take any CTA bus that travels downtown and intersects with (starting
from the south) Van Buren, Jackson, Adams, Monroe, Madison, Washington
or Randolph. Walk (or connect on a CTA bus) east to Michigan Avenue.
Free downtown trolley service is provided by the City of Chicago and
serves most of Michigan Avenue, the Museum Campus, and Navy Pier and
also connects to the train stations. Schedules vary by season.
ArchiCenter is operated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and is
located at 224 South Michigan Avenue in the CAF’s Shop & Tour Center
across from the Art Institute on the northwest corner of Jackson
Boulevard at Michigan Avenue. Open 361 days a year from 9:30am-6:30pm
Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-6:00pm Sundays. The ArchiCenter has free
galleries and interpretive exhibits as well as a museum shop.
Chicago's major expressways converge just west of the Loop. Exit at
Congress Avenue and proceed east (this is also the eastbound extension
Lakeshore Drive, from Hollywood in the north to
Jackson Park in the south, follows the shoreline and is east of
downtown. Exit at Bal
Ending at Union Station
just west of the Loop and south of the Ogilvy Transportation Center:
Heritage Corridor Line, North Central Service, Southwest Service,
Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Milwaukee District North&West Lines.
Ending at the Ogilvy Transportation Center
(formerly the Northwestern Train Station) just west of the Loop and
north of Union Station: Union Pacific North Line, Northwest Line and
West Line. From these two stations it is a 20 minute walk east to
Michigan Ave, or take a #20 or #56 eastbound CTA bus on Jackson
Boulevard, or connect with the free trolley shuttle.
Ending at the LaSalle Street Station: The Rock Island District Line. Walk east on Van Buren to Michigan and then north on Michigan to Jackson.
Ending at the Randolph Street Station:
The Metra Electric Line and the Northern Indiana Commuter
Transportation District (South Shore Line). Get off at the Van
Buren/Jackson Station (the stop before the end). From here, walk one
block north on Michigan Avenue to Jackson.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Tour Guides are trained and certified by the CAF. As volunteers, they are exceptionally motivated, enthusiastic, and capable interpreters of Chicago's world-class architectural legacy. CAF tours are the real deal - narrated, but not scripted, led by Chicago enthusiasts
Please note: this tour is not suitable for young children. The academic and historic content of the tour is oriented to adults and mature young people.
Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings in this 2 hour tour. Learn of Chicago's influence on the international Art Deco movement, and trace the history of lively architectural heritage.