West Loop Tour: The Gateway

Named “The Gateway from the west into the Loop” by Daniel Burnham in his 1909 Plan of Chicago, this vibrant neighborhood within a neighborhood has been compared to Soho in New York City! This tour combines great storytelling for history buffs with great photo ops for those more in the “sightseeing” mood! 

Explore this eastern-most section of the west Loop: start by grabbing a coffee or delicacy from the popular French Market, take in scenic views along the south branch of the Chicago river, see our historic Civic Opera House and hear the fun legend connected to the movie CITIZEN KANE, take photos of a few of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers, visit our breath-taking Great Hall inside Union Station while learning about our railway history and The Pullman Car Strike of 1894….. the tour ends at the landmark Old St. Patrick’s Church…..our oldest public building to survive The Great Chicago Fire of 1871!

Access to this, one of the hottest neighborhoods in Chicago, is by the Clinton Green/Pink Line Station, just one block north from The French Market.

Some topics and sites on the West Loop Tour

  • Boeing Headquarters
  • Merchandise Mart 
  • Chicago Flood of 1992: 25th anniversary story
  • The Civic Opera House
  • The Mercantile Exchange
  • The Franklin Center lobby
  • The Willis (Sears) Tower and 311 So Wacker Building
  • Union Station and its Great Hall/ The Pullman Railroad Strike of 1894
  • Lou Mitchell’s
  • Old Saint Pat’s and Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Meets at the French Market under the red awning at 131 N Clinton (just one block south from the Clinton Green/Pink Line stop)

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

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.