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Completed in 1904, the Railway Exchange Building features a sumptuous light court, beautiful glazed terra cotta details and a breathtaking grand staircase. It was in this building where Daniel Burnham produced the 1909 Plan of Chicago, where several architecture firms currently have their offices and where the Chicago Architecture Foundation is headquartered.

0.75 Hour
$15 public
FREE for CAF members
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

While touring the Railway Exchange Building it's easy to imagine Chicago soon after the turn of the 20th century when it was a dramatic addition to the skyline. The glistening white terra cotta clad skyscraper designed by D.H. Burnham & Co. (completed in 1904) has been called "a steel structured building dressed up in classical robes."

You'll also see the six-foot diameter windows on the top floor from the inside. Join us in the building that continues its architectural legacy today as home to CAF and many important architectural firms.

Upcoming Railway Exchange (Santa Fe) Building Tours