All arts are a reflection of an age. Styles in creations like architecture, graphic design, fashion design and pop culture have similar qualities when they come from the same era. On this tour, compare architecture with contemporaneous works to help you learn how to identify architectural styles and most all all, to understand their deeper connections with history. Consider how the advancements in technology and engineering have shaped buildings.
The fun and creative educational approach of this Chicago architecture walking tour makes it unlike any other tour in the city. Both those well-versed in art history and those who have never studied it before will enjoy this diverse tour. Learn about various architectural styles, both by looking at buildings in front of you and at images and videos on shared iPads. Explore the area south of the Michigan Avenue bridge, a route where many people walk but rarely look up.
Best architecture walking tour highlights:
- Chicago’s Underground Layers
- Michigan Avenue Bridge
- Carbide and Carbon Building
- Mies van der Rohe’s Illinois Center
- Diamond Building
- Aqua Tower
- The New Maggie Daley Park
- Shared iPads with images of pop culture comparisons