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The story of the South Loop is complete with characters, corruption, renewal and transformation. Explore how an area known for vice, gangsters, a few famous madams and a lot of abandoned railroad tracks has transformed into today’s thriving South Loop.

1.5 Hours
Auditorium Building Lobby, 430 S. Michigan Ave.

This 90-minute walking tour explores the architecture and history of an area that has undergone dramatic transformations. The streets of the South Loop showcase architecture ranging from Romanesque to contemporary, designed by famous and little-known architects; the buildings reveal stories of colorful politicians, such as "Hinky Dink" Kenna and "Bathhouse" John Coughlin, reformers such as Rev. William Stead and Mary Wilmarth, and the events and institutions that have formed, and transformed, the South Loop.

  • Advance reservations required.
  • Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
  • This tour meets in the lobby within the Michigan Avenue entrance of the Auditorium Building.
  • Ticket price includes entrance to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your tour. View the CAC's hours.
  • 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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Upcoming Vice to Nice: Transformation of the South Loop Tours

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