Chicago Loop Tour

Early, Elegant Edifices

Loop: Home of the Modern Skyscraper

Tour runs Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Book now!

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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 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 get to know the Loop neighborhood better and make a day of it? Check out our Pedway/Riverwalk afternoon tour!


Book Loop: Home of the Modern Skyscraper

Duration: 3 hours

Extra time built in for train travel

Price: Adult $60

  • Tour price includes transit fees
  • Days of operation: Mon, Wed & Fri
  • Start time: 10:00am
  • Tours begin and end in the Loop
  • Walking distance: 1.5 miles
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Additional Information

Ticket Purchase Requirements

  • Must be able to climb stairs
  • Tour requires minimum of 2 guests to run
  • City of Chicago requires masks on all mass transit
  • Children must be 12 years or older and accompanied by an adult (age 18 or older)

Tour Meeting Point and Stops