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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
$26 public (includes CAC admission)
Free to CAC members
Meet
Auditorium Building, 430 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:
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.
  • *This tour meets on the northwest corner of Ida B. Wells (Congress Pkwy) and Michigan Ave., outside the Auditorium Building.
  • This tour is available for private bookings. Contact groupsales@architecture.org for more information.
  • 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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