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Uncover secrets hiding in plain sight in Chicago’s iconic buildings. CAF has partnered with Detour to create an “immersive audio walk” of downtown. Access the tour using the Detour app on your smartphone, head to the starting point at The Plaza at 1 South Dearborn and press play. CAF's Jen Masengarb guides you every step of the way as she uncovers the hidden conversations taking place between Chicago's iconic buildings and public spaces—and how they affect us all.

1 Hour
The Plaza at 1 South Dearborn

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Join CAF’s Jen Masengarb on a hunt for clues through Chicago’s bustling loop to learn how to listen to architecture and the “conversations” buildings are having with each other—and with us. Along the way, you’ll see how one group of architects slyly directs you to their front door. You’ll shake hands with a building and immerse yourself in a huge piece of art that’s had people talking for more than 50 years. You’ll step into a building that tells a story of Chicago’s very beginning and discover an architect’s vision where everything lines up in perfect harmony. On the final stop, you’ll step into the future at one of Chicago’s most controversial buildings.

By then end of this Detour, you’ll understand why architecture is more than just a conglomeration of buildings—it is the very building blocks we can use to construct a vision of who we were, who we are now and where we are going tomorrow.

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Detour, launched in February 2015, features beautifully produced GPS audio walks that take you beneath the surface of cities around the world. Whether you’re solo or syncing audio with friends, Detour is an entirely new way to experience places.

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Monday Jul 24

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Tuesday Jul 25

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Wednesday Jul 26

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Thursday Jul 27

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Friday Jul 28

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Saturday Jul 29

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