Chicago Loop Tour

Early, Elegant Edifices

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 three Chicago landmarks built in the late 1800s, then it’s 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 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 Macy’s department store and the presentation of a “sweet, historic treat” to our tour guests.

Want to get to know the Loop neighborhood better? Learn more about the district in our Chicago neighborhood guide!


Tour Highlights

Health & Safety

Small Bites

  • Option to purchase own food/beverage
  • Take home prepacked treat

Book Loop: Home of the Modern Skyscraper

Duration: 2.5 hours

Extra time built in for train travel

Price: Adult $45 | Private Group $240

  • Days of operation: Weekdays
  • Start times: 10:00am, 1:30pm
  • Tours begin and end in the Loop (See below)
  • Estimated Train Time: 6 min
  • Walking distance: 1.5 miles
  • Tour price includes transit fees
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Additional Information

Ticket Purchase Requirements

  • Must be able to climb stairs
  • Tour requires minimum of 2 guests to run - single bookings subject to cancellation if minimum is not met
  • Youth (age 12 and over) must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 and over)
  • Please bring a valid form of ID

Tour Meeting Point and Stops