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Take a trip back into the Golden Age of the automobile when all your automotive needs could be found in what remains the most intact historic automotive mall in the United States. The Landmark Motor Row Historic District contains more than 50 buildings related to early 20th century automotive history. Hear stories of Chicago's rich architectural and automotive history prompted by significant buildings and visualize what this incomparable area was and what revitalization and change can bring.

1.25 Hours
Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick Place lobby, 123 E. Cermak Road.

Chicago's Motor Row Historic District is recognized as an official Historic Landmark District. During the first part of the 20th century over 100 automobile manufacturers and dealers established dealerships on Michigan Ave. between 14th and 24th Streets  including Hudson, Marmon, Thomas Flyer, Cadillac, Premier, F.I.A.T. Stevens Duryea, Locomobile, Auburn and Cord. Architects prominent in the era like Alfred Alschuler, Philip Maher, Holabird and Roche and others found the automotive industry a prime source of commissions. Many significant buildings in a variety of styles remain in this once thriving district known as Motor Row.

  • Although it's not required, we recommend making reservations in advance for this tour.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.

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