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Chicago is home to some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers. Get an up-close look at these 19th Century marvels, learn about innovations used to build them and discover how they transformed Chicago into a center of skyscraper design and engineering.

Duration
1.5 Hours
Price
$30 Public
$10 Basic Members
Free for Deco Members and above
Meet
410 S. Michigan Ave.

Highlights on this walking tour include Burnham and Root’s Rookery (1888), a transitional building with a Moorish and Romanesque exterior and a stunning interior atrium re-designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; Adler and Sullivan’s Auditorium Building (1889), a masterpiece of acoustical and structural engineering; and Holabird and Roche’s Marquette Building (1895), an outstanding example of the metal frame expression with traditional details and decorations.

Notes:
  • Advance reservations required. 
  • Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.
  • *This tour meets at 410 S. Michigan Ave., outside the Fine Arts Building.
Please review the latest COVID-19 Safety Policies.

Upcoming Chicago’s First Skyscrapers Tours