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The Student Loop Tour


Grades 5 – 8*

What can you learn from buildings? What stories do they tell?

Are your students curious about the city and eager to learn about its history and architecture? The Student Loop Tour is a field trip designed for students in grades 5 through 8 (scout troops and clubs are welcome). This walking tour of Chicago’s Loop pairs 8 significant buildings with 8 architectural themes to help students learn about Chicago’s amazing architecture and take home new skills for understanding how the built environment impacts them each day.

This is the best field trip I have been to in years.  – Teacher, Chicago suburb

I loved seeing all the different buildings and learning the history and connection behind them. I have lived in Chicago my whole life and before today I knew absolutely nothing about our architecture or how diverse it is!  – 7th grade student, Chicago

Each group receives a Teacher Prep Pack, which includes instructions for pre-visit activities and a link to our Flickr account with color images of tour buildings, plus student booklets on the day of the field trip.

*We welcome other grade level participation! Please contact our Coordinator of Youth Engagement, Tocarra Mallard, TMallard(at) to see if this field trip is right for your students!

The field trip features the following buildings:

Railway Exchange Building
CNA Center
Wabash Tower, Roosevelt University
Harold Washington Library


Fisher Building
Monadnock Building
Federal Center
Marquette Building

Field Trip Details

Days and time
Weekdays year-round, from 10:15 to 12:00pm.  
If this time frame does not meet your needs, please contact us about alternate days and times.  

Begin at – Chicago Architecture Foundation, Railway Exchange Building, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
End at – Federal Center (on Adams at Dearborn)

90 minutes

Recommended grade level
Grades 5 - 8. We welcome other grade level participation!

Group size
10 to 60 students
1 chaperone is required for every 5 students

$5.00 per student
No charge for required chaperones; $5.00 charge for each additional adult.

How to schedule a field trip
Reservations are required for all field trips, and reservation requests should be made at least six weeks in advance.

Download a copy of our Field Trip Reservation Form.  Send a completed copy of the reservation form (one copy per field trip) to the Chicago Architecture Foundation:

   Fax: 312.277.1040  

   Email: grouptours(at)

   Mail: Chicago Architecture Foundation, Attention: Group Tours
           224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604

Reservations will be processed according to the date they are received. A field trip confirmation agreement indicating your tour date and other relevant information will be sent immediately to the contact information you have provided. Please wait to arrange transportation until you have received your confirmation agreement. 

Other important information about your field trip

Please review the following information to help you prepare for your field trip: Preparing for your field trip with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


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