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Explore Chicago’s amazing architecture from the unique perspective of elevated trains and station platforms. Learn the history behind the famous "L" system and hear how it has shaped the development of buildings within the Loop.

Duration
2 Hours
Price
$26 public
Free for CAC members
Meet
Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

The city's first elevated train started making trips in 1892. Now considered one of Chicago’s most defining features, the "L" offers incredible views of downtown. By being more than 20 feet off the ground, you'll see architectural details that are missed by most pedestrians at street level. This is our most comprehensive tour in the Loop, passing hundreds of buildings and highlighting ones of architectural significance.

Notes:
  • Only about 15 minutes of this two-hour tour is on a train, while most of the remaining tour takes place outdoors standing on the station platforms. Stairs are required to access the train. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • A Ventra ("L" train) pass is needed to take part in this tour. You can purchase a Ventra pass for an additional fee of $3.50 at the CAC Box Office. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the tour start time.

Upcoming Elevated Architecture: Downtown "L" Train Tours