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Discover the City of Century Chicago

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Experience hosted by Joann

2 hours
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This guided sketch walk focuses on the design and ornamentation of architect Louis H. Sullivan, Chicago's "father of skyscrapers." The buildings and fragments we'll visit provide an opportunity to take a closer look at Sullivan's ornamental designs that combine the organic and the geometric. Architecture history will add context and background while we're filling our sketchbooks with Sullivan's incredible, and almost forgotten, architecture. I will provide a small drawing kit containing a sketchbook, pencil, and eraser—but it's okay if you want to bring your own favorite sketchbook or tablet. This experience includes admission to the Art Institute of Chicago. Please advise me beforehand if you are a member. Afterwards, we'll share our sketches over refreshments.
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If you're interested in the rise of late 19th century skyscrapers and how this impacted Chicago's explosive growth, then this walking tour is for you.
This guided sketch walk focuses on the design and ornamentation of architect Louis H. Sullivan, Chicago's "father of skyscrapers." The buildings and fragments we'll visit provide an opportunity to take a closer look at Sullivan's ornamental designs that combine the organic and the geometric. Architecture history will add context and background while we're filling our sketchbooks with Sullivan's incredible, and almost forgotten, architecture. I wi…

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Meet your host, Joann

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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Chicago continues to amaze and inspire. I am a designer, storyteller and seasoned tour guide with the premier non-­profit cultural organization, leading several tours monthly. If you enjoy history and design in our built environment, I'm your host to "bring history to life."
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Where you'll be

We will be walking the Loop of Chicago, beginning at the Art Institute of Chicago; south on Michigan Avenue to Congress; west into the Loop, north on Dearborn, east on Adams, returning to Art Institute of Chicago location. Focusing on post 1871 Great Fire rebuild to turn of 20th century. Highlights: Auditorium Building, Fisher Building, Monadnock, Marquette, and Rookery buildings. Approx 2 mile/3.2 km walk; access to coffee shops and washrooms.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Curiosity

Comfortable walking shoes