This post provides details for our North Loop and Millennium Park walking tours, including where and when they start, sites that we visit or see, and other related content.
Defined by the elevated train lines that form a circuit in the heart of the city, the North Loop is Chicago’s downtown area and theatre district.
The Loop contains the largest concentration of skyscraper, including the second tallest building in the United States and it is effectively a living architectural museum, with a large range of architectural styles, from Victorian to post-modern, many with grand interior spaces.
Alongside the buildings are thought-provoking public art displays.
Join Free Tours by Foot on this fun and engaging walk through Chicago’s North Loop. Learn about how the Great Fire of 1871 started and marvel at the modern city that rose upon the ashes of the old.
See North Loop gems like the iconic Chicago Theatre marquee or the Louis C. Tiffany mosaic that is hidden in plain sight!
Take a selfie at the start of the legendary Route 66.
This tour ends in Millennium Park, Chicago’s still new and much loved public park.
Sights and topics we cover on the North Loop and Millennium Park Tour:
Where: under the overhang of the Chicago Theatre, 175 North State Street, Chicago, IL, United States. (map)
Duration: Tour lasts approx. 2 hours. Total walking is just over 1.5 miles (2 km).
When: @10 am CST most days of the week (March till mid-December) with other times added as needed. View our full tour calendar.
We also offer a winter schedule.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.
Save more money and combine our tours with a tourist pass.
If you can’t take our guided walks when they are offered, or you prefer to go it alone, then consider our GPS-led audio tour of downtown Chicago.
You can take this self-guided tour any time, day or night
Here is how it works:
Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing.
Listen to a sample of our Downtown Chicago Tour (Ferry Plaza)
Check out our audio tours in all our cities: