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The north entrance to the 111 E Wacker parking garage is closed for repair. Please use the south entrance at 233 E South Water Street.

Chicago was a planned city from its very beginnings. Loop as Lab: the Walking Tour provides a street-level view of how city planning has shaped Chicago's growth from 1909 through to the downtown plan currently in development.

1.5 Hours
$30 Public
Free for Members
Chicago Architecture Center 111 E. Wacker Dr.

What do the DuSable Bridge, Illinois Center, and Block 37 have in common? They all began as part of a city plan. The Loop as Lab tour walks you through six different city plans, showing the successes and failures, what resulted and what never came to be. What has city planning done for Chicago? Take this tour and decide for yourself.


  • Guests climb short flights of stairs during the tour.
  • Tour route differs slightly between weekday and weekend departures due to weekend closures of sections of the Pedway.

Upcoming Loop as Lab: the Walking Tour Tours