Chicago Total Loop Walking Tour

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Chicago Total Loop Walking Tour

The Loop is where the American “downtown” was born. Home to international business headquarters, high finance, and arms of the federal, state, and local government, the canyons of skyscrapers within the boundary of the “El” system are the definition of “The City”. Our Chicago Total Loop Walking Tour will give you a taste of it all: the architecture, the retail history and the Chicago River.

The Chicago Total Loop Walking Tour starts at The Sears Tower and learn about “the architectural equivalent of the moon landing”, the innovative design and construction of what would be the tallest building in the world for 25 years. The saga of The Sears Tower’s naming rights and a strange instance of the heated sidewalks electrocuting two pedestrians will also be told.

Strolling down Adams and past Federal Plaza, we turn on State Street, Chicago’s original downtown strip of retail, hotels and businesses. Here we tour the Palmer House and Marshall Field building. Taking a left on Randolph, we approach City Hall, Daley Plaza and The United Methodist Church. Heading down Washington, toward the river, we have a view of the River Center, Daniel Burnham’s last project and home to Twitter and Uber’s Chicago headquarters. As we make our way back toward the Willis Tower, we will get a view of the Civic Opera House and conclude right where we started.

 Meeting Point: Outside the Willis Tower Sky Deck Entrance (320 W. Jackson Blvd)

Loop Architecture Tour meeting spot

Start Time: We run this tour at 10am on Monday, Tuesdays & Fridays. Check our calendar and Reserve Online today.  (Our Winter schedule starts on November 1 and runs thru April 1, 2017 – – Please check our Tour Calendar for the most up-to-date schedule)

Distance: 1.7 miles walking distance

Time: 2 hours from start to finish

Cost: FREE! Our guides work off the generosity of our guests. If you felt your guide has done a good job you can show your appreciation at the end of the tour by leaving a tip.

What you will see: 

  • Willis Tower
  • Rookery Building
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Federal Plaza
  • Marquette Building
  • Citadel Center
  • Palmer House Hotel
  • Marshall Field’s Building(s)
  • Daley Center
  • Lyric Opera House
  • CME Center

Stories you will be told: 

  • Electrocuting sidewalks of the Willis Tower
  • Sears Tower or Willis Tower?
  • America’s first futures exchange
  • Mies van der Rohe’s architectural philosophy
  • Palmer House Brownie
  • The birth of Modern Retail Chicago
  • Picasso comes to Chicago
  • The legend of the Lyric Opera House
  • The future of The Loop

More Free Chicago Walking Tours

We know you will love the Chicago Total Loop Tour, so why not plan ahead and book another tour? If you’re group is larger than 6 people and our times don’t work out contact us regarding a Private Chicago Walking Tour.

Chicago Loop Architecture Tour – This is our heaviest architecture tour and for good reason. Chicago’s Loop is loaded with incredible buildings and the people behind the designs are equally fascinating.

Chicago Crime & Gangster Tour – You have heard the names: Al Capone, The North Side Gang & “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn. Now it’s time you hear their stories and visit their old stomping grounds on this incredible journey through Chicago’s River North & Loop neighborhoods.

Riverwalk & North Loop Tour – Is there a better way to spend a sunny day in Chicago than on the Chicago Riverwalk? We don’t think so. Our Riverwalk Tour begins where Chicago did an ends at the site of the world’s largest Tiffany Glass dome roof. You do not want to miss this one!

Michigan Avenue & Millennium Park Tour – Guests will not want to forge their camera on this tour as they will check off many to-do’s from their Chicago bucket list including: Wrigley Building, Chicago River, Carbide & Carbon Building, Wrigley Square, Crown Fountain, Cloud Gate & Buckingham Fountain.

Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour – Take a break from the heavy tourist spots and take a stroll through one of Chicago’s most beautiful neighborhoods. See why there is a park named after the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and visit homes that survived The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Magnificent Mile Tour – Shop to you drop…AFTER this tour. We’re going to show and tell a different side of the Magnificent Mile than you’re used to. See the history (Original Water Tower) incredible buildings (John Hancock Center) and learn about the influential architects  (Meis van der Rohe) that shaped this part of Chicago.

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