Chicago's motto is "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden) and much effort has been put into developing the city's beautiful parks, boulevards and unique architecture. The city's extensive Park District filled with ornamental gardens, plant conservatories, bird sanctuaries, lagoons and the magnificently landscaped lakefront attracts thousands of visitors annually.
People from all around the world come here to discover the historic beginnings of the Chicago School of Architecture and the early skyscrapers built between the 1870s and the 1930s. Chicago architectural tours provide the visitors with insight into the first city of architecture and its historic skyscrapers. Buildings featured include the art deco Chicago Board of Trade Building; the Auditorium Building, a Louis Sullivan masterpiece; and the Rookery, a National Historic Landmark.
The Chicago River is the ultimate setting to view these magnificent structures. Chicago river tours feature exciting views and descriptions of Chicago's most famous architecture, landmarks and history combined with an exciting ride. The expert-narrated Chicago architectural tours along Chicago's winding water-arteries is an unforgettable experience as you see and hear about the dozens of skyscrapers lining the Chicago River including the Sears Tower and the Tribune Tower, learn when and why the flow of the Chicago River was reversed, how Chicago architects pioneered skyscraper construction and why the beautiful Chicago lakefront is almost all parkland. Plus the visitors can also get a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan. And while Chicago's skyline has evolved over the years, the unique perspectives of the magnificent buildings and architecture along the Chicago River remain unchanged.
Chicago architectural tours are also available by bus. The Travel goes through the Loop, Hyde Park, the Gold Coast, several historic districts, university campuses, parks and residential neighborhoods. The bus usually makes several normally including a tour of the interior of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House.
Although reservations are strongly recommended for boat and bus tours, guided Chicago architectural tours on foot is also an amusing experience. The guides take the visitors sightseeing and show them the best attractions Chicago has to offer: Chicago's Architectural beauty The Loop, Michigan Avenue's "Magnificent Mile," three of the tallest buildings in the world, Lake Shore Drive and art works by Picasso, Miró, Chagall and many more. The beauty of stained glass windows and art glass is evident throughout Chicago.
From the geometric designs of Frank Lloyd Wright to the religious and mosaic masterpieces of Tiffany, Chicago is a haven for this stained glass. The World of Art Glass Tour is a tour that takes the visitors to the beautiful Second Presbyterian Church, which houses several Tiffany windows, and stop at the Navy Pier to see the Smith Museum of Stained Glass windows.
Either on foot, by bus or on a boat, the tours are available daily. Take one of our acclaimed tours and discover Chicago's architecture...