Loop: Home of the Modern Skyscraper
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We start our tour at one of the most interesting turn-of-the-century buildings in the Loop — the Fine Arts Building. Built in 1884 as a showroom and office complex for the Studebaker Automobile Company, the building was converted twelve years later into its present-day use — a haven for artists, theatre and dance groups, recording studios, interior and web design firms, musical instrument makers and other businesses associated with the arts.
From there we venture a few blocks west to tour the Harold Washington Chicago Public Library, the design of which was the winner of a competition to design a new library for the City of Chicago. Leaving the library we will view four Chicago landmarks built in the late 1800s, then we’re off to the beautiful Marquette Building, the Field Building (built on the site of the world’s first modern skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building) and to see a close-up glimpse of the spectacular atrium lobby of the world-renowned Rookery Building. We’ll also have a quick stop at one of Chicago’s first food halls (purchases optional).
We then make our way to the beautifully restored Quincy L stop (authentic 1897 design) where we will board the L, one of the Chicago Tribune’s “7 Wonders of Chicago,” and head to the other side of the Loop. We conclude our tour with a view of the beautiful Tiffany mosaic on the ceiling of the iconic Macy’s department store.
Want to enjoy more of the Loop and make a day of it? Check out our afternoon Historic Pubs Tour or our Underground Chicago Pedway Tour.
- Masks optional
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- Option to purchase food/beverage
Book Loop: Home of the Modern Skyscraper
Duration: 3.5 hours
Price: Adult $60
- Tour price includes transit fees - food/beverages purchased by guests
- Days of operation: Monday through Friday
- Start time: 10:00am
- Tour begins and ends in the Loop
- Walking distance: 1.5 miles
- Tour operates rain or shine
- Tour begins at scheduled start time — late arrivals may miss all or part of the tour
- Tour itinerary may be subject to minor revisions as necessary
- Cancellation Policy
- In case of delays
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Ticket Purchase Requirements
- Must be able to climb stairs
- Tour requires minimum of 2 guests to run
- Tickets are required for all guests
- Children must be 12 years or older and accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older) - Tickets for children are not discounted
Tour Meeting Point and Stops
Meeting Point: Fine Arts Building
410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, 60605
Meet your guide in the lobby and tour this famous building, which still has manually operated elevators
Harold Washington Library
400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605
Check out the library's hidden gems and exhibits
53 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
Take a close-up look at what was once the largest office building in the world
140 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603
Learn about this national landmark
Revival Food Hall
125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603
Grab a snack in one of Chicago's first food halls (optional purchase)
209 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60604
Learn the story behind this beautiful, historic buildling
111 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602
Wrap up the tour with a beautiful view and sweet, historic treat