6 Ways to Experience Chicago’s Architecture Tours

Architecture tours abound in Chicago and you’re bound to be spellbound by them all. They’re all given by Chicago Architecture Foundation docents who are well-versed in all aspects of the city’s buildings and history. So you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands.

All right, enough chatter, let’s get to the heart of the matter and that would be the plethora of architecture tours.

Boat Tours take place aboard a cruise ship known as Chicago’s First Lady. You’ll get the lowdown on over 50 different buildings along the Chicago River, each with a distinct architectural style.

Walking Tours cover a wide range of neighborhoods, including Beverly, one of the city’s most interesting. You’ll be taken to two houses that were constructed right after the Great Fire of 1871. One is a home designed by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright while the other is a veritable Chicago castle. The Walking Tour also covers Chicago’s Longwood Drive Landmark District, which features many homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Chicago’s “L” train (short for elevated) is the mode of transportation for this very popular tour that explores the architectural gems in many neighborhoods on the city’s famed South Side, such as Chinatown, the South Loop, and Bronzeville.

Bike Tours will take you through Humboldt Park and Logan Square where you’ll encounter uniquely designed buildings of both the residential and recreational variety.

The fascinating sights you’ll enjoy on the Bus/Trolley Tour include the Bungalow Belt, an area where over 80,000 bungalow-style houses were built between World War I and the Great Depression. In addition, you’ll be treated to a multitude of churches, fromMadonna Della Strada Chapel of Loyola University to Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern. And you’ll drive through the neighborhood famous for Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings done in his signature Prairie Style.

And last but not least, Segway Tours will introduce you to many landmark structures like Shedd Aquarium, Buckingham Fountain, Daley Bicentennial Plaza, and The Field Museum of Natural History. Find the Chicago architectural tour that’s right for you at http://www.architecture.org/page.aspx?pid=600.

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