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Tour Description: Tall commercial buildings have been a fixture of the Chicago skyline since the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. If you're downtown, you can pretty much look up and be sure that you're looking at a building with a pedigree and a story to tell. By no means an exhuastive list, we have put together a selection of some that we think are not to be missed. From the unusual (Marina City) to the referential (Tribune Tower) to the simply stunning (Jay Pritzger Pavilion), this is a walking tour that will immerse you in history and architecture. Also be sure to visit Chicago’s Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry which includes a display of a WW2 Stuka.
Tracks on This Tour: 1) Introduction - The Gems of Chicago Tour, 2) Marina City, 3) Direx to Wrigley Building & Tribune Tower , 4) Wrigley Building, 5) Tribune Towner, 6) Direx to Carbide & Carbon Building, 7) Viewing Carbide & Carbon Building, 8) Carbide & Carbon Building Lobby, 9) Direx to Chicago Cultural Center, 10) Chicago Cultural Center, 11) Chicago Cultural Center Lobby, 12) Chicago Cultural Center - Grand Army of the Republic, 13) Direx to Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall, 14) Chicago Cultural Center - Preston Bradley Hall, 15) Direx to J. Pritzker Pavilion, 16) J. Pritzker Pavillion, 17) Direx to Cloud Gate or The Bean, 18) Cloud Gate or The Bean, 19) Direx to Crown Fountain, 20) Crown Fountain, 21) Direx to Palmer House, 22) Palmer House Lobby, 23) Direx to Marquette Building, 24) Marquette Building, 25) Marquette Building Lobby, 26) Direx to Rookery Building, 27) Rookery Building, 28) Rookery Building Lobby, 29) Direx to 190 S. LaSalle, 30) 190 S. LaSalle. 31) 190 S. LaSalle Lobby, 32) Conclusion.
The tour begins by the Chicago River opposite Marina City, on E. Wacker Drive near Wabash.
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Walking Tour Length: 35 minutes recorded time, about 1.4 miles walking distance
With this tour, you always have a professional tour guide ready to share the history and secrets of great cities. No waiting for a group to form. No having to cut short your exploration of interesting areas because a bus is leaving. No having to stay at points you don't care about because a tour company thinks them special. Start whenever you want. Stop when you are ready. All information has been carefully researched for accuracy and is presented by professional narrators.
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