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Free Chicago Walking Tours - Total Loop Tour (2-Hours)

Thursday

Jun 14, 2018 – 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

(weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays until Oct 31, 2018)

320 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60606 Map

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The Loop is where the American "downtown" was born. Home to international business headquarters, high finance, and arms of the federal, state, and local government, the canyons of skyscrapers within the boundary of the "El" system are the definition of "The City".

We start at The Sears Tower and learn about "the architectural equivalent of the moon landing", the innovative design and construction of what would be the tallest building in the world for 25 years. The saga of The Sears Tower's naming rights and a strange instance of the heated sidewalks electrocuting two pedestrians will also be told.

Strolling down Adams and past Federal Plaza, we turn on State Street, Chicago's original downtown strip of retail, hotels, and businesses. Here we tour the Palmer House and Marshall Field building. Taking a left on Randolph, we approach City Hall, Daley Plaza, and The United Methodist Church. Heading down Washington, toward the river, we have a view of the River Center, Daniel Burnham's last project and home to Twitter and Uber's Chicago headquarters. As we make our way back toward the Willis Tower, we will get a view of the Civic Opera House and conclude right where we started.

Start Time: 10:00 AM - Meet at 9:50 AM

Distance: 1.7 miles walking distance

Time: 2 hours from start to finish

Cost: FREE! Our guides work off the generosity of our guests. If you felt your guide has done a good job you can show your appreciation at the end of the tour by leaving a tip.

What you will see:

Willis Tower
Rookery Building
Chicago Board of Trade
Federal Plaza
Marquette Building
Citadel Center
Palmer House Hotel
Marshall Field's Building(s)
Daley Center
Lyric Opera House
CME Center

Stories you will be told:

Electrocuting sidewalks of the Willis Tower
Sears Tower or Willis Tower?
America's first futures exchange
Mies van der Rohe's architectural philosophy
Palmer House Brownie
The birth of Modern Retail ..in Chicago
Picasso comes to Chicago
The legend of the Lyric Opera House
The future of The Loop
FREE! Our guides work off the generosity of our guests. If you felt your guide has done a good job you can show your appreciation at the end of the tour by leaving a tip.

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