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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.

1.5 Hours
$26 public (includes CAC admission)
Free to CAC members
Auditorium Building, Michigan Ave. & Congress Pkwy*

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.

  • Ticket price includes admission to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour.
  • *This tour meets on the northwest corner of Ida B. Wells (Congress Pkwy) and Michigan Ave, outside the Auditorium Building.

Upcoming Historic Skyscrapers Tours