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Explore some of Burnham’s best-known landmarks as well as lesser-known designs on this tour that examines all facets of Burnham’s legacy—as an architect, planner and leader in Chicago, the city he cherished.

2 Hours
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The career of Daniel Burnham coincided with an era in which Chicago architecture evolved from small buildings with load-bearing walls to soaring steel-frame skyscrapers. It spanned a period when Chicago was the fastest-growing city in the world—so fast that many demanded a plan to manage its unplanned growth.

This walking tour of the Loop stops at some of Burnham's best-known landmarks as well as lesser-known designs. Along the way, learn about the man behind the 1909 Plan of Chicago: his partnership with John Wellborn Root; his work with Charles Atwood, Ernest Graham and others; and the impact of the 1893 World's Fair on his work and life.

  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.
  • Access to building interiors featured on this tour may be subject to change, due to weekend and holiday schedules or unforeseen closures.

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