Join us as we venture out into the Windy City to explore the Loop during the winter! We will spend about half of the time outdoors looking up at the skyscrapers and the other half will be spent inside exquisite public buildings and lobbies. Defined by the elevated train lines that form a circuit in the heart of the city, the Loop is Chicago’s downtown area and commercial core, home to big names such as Boeing and IBM. But, it’s so much more. The Loop contains the largest concentration of skyscrapers, including the tallest in the United States (not counting spires) 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. You learn about how the Great Fire of 1871 started and marvel at the modern city that rose upon the ashes of the old city. Be sure to bundle up!
Sights and topics we cover on the Winter Loop Tour include:
- Block 37
- Chicago Theatre
- Marshall Fields
- The Picasso/Daley Plaza
- The L (elevated train)
- Marquette Building
- The Great Chicago Fire
We also offer a Chicago Pedway Tour for a warmer winter option!
Where: Inside Block 37 Mall by the Hot Tix booth inside next to the Magnolia Bakery at the intersection of State and Randolph at the address: 1 W Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601 (Map in the Store Directory. Look for Magnolia Bakery.) (map)
Duration: Tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours. Total walking is just over one mile (1.6km).
When: View our Calendar. Tours are on U.S. Central Standard Time.
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.