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Thursday, 22 December 2011 14:01

Embark on a Historical Architecture Tour

Written by  Ben Devoe
 
Mies van der Rohe - IIT Campus Mies van der Rohe - IIT Campus

See What Defines Chicago’s Skyline and Neighborhoods on a Historical Architecture Tour

From the suburbs to Willis Tower, Chicago is inundated with historical buildings. Concrete cathedrals, baroque museums, and unique brownstones make Chicago a city detached from time. Residents of the Windy City are certainly lucky to have such entertainment at our doorsteps — one need only step outside to find history all around you. Come educate yourself on our fair city with an architecture tour of Chicago’s greatest landmarks, buildings, and skyscrapers.

Stunning Skyscrapers

Prepare to be overwhelmed by Chicago’s towering superstructures with a modern architecture tour of the Windy City’s skyscrapers. Learn about the influences of famous modernist architects on the cityscape. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, for example, who is most often associated with the minimalist designs of the post-WWII era, held the reins over many iconic urban projects in Chicago. The IBM Plaza is a testament to Rohe’s famous usage of the aphorisms “form follows function,” “less is more,” and “God is in the details.”

Chicago Architecture Foundation

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has a variety of fascinating city, neighborhood, and architecture tours to choose from. CAF’s mission as a non-profit organization is to raise awareness on the city of Chicago’s vibrant structural history by way of fundraising, tours, and the like. The foundation currently offers over a dozen types of tours by walking and by bus.

CAF Bus Highlights Tour

This tour samples a taste of everything the city has to offer in terms of architecture. Lasting approximately four hours, as many stops are fit into the ride as possible. Everything from the city’s universities to Rohe’s IIT complex are included. Chicago’s lakefront and several other noteworthy residential neighborhoods are also touched upon. The tour starts at 9:30 a.m. each day — verify the schedule online for weekend and holiday availability.

Devil in the White City Tour

CAF also offers a literary tour of Erik Laron’s work of historical fiction Devil in the White City. Centering on the appearance of Chicago’s first series of homicides during the World’s Fair of 1893, the book has many chapters that take advantage of Chicago’s parks and famous Colombian Exposition landmarks. This tour encompasses a variety of locations including but not limited to the Midway, Ferris wheel, and fairgrounds in Jackson Park. All tours leave at 11 a.m. with the last one for the year taking place on December 29 and resuming again in March when the snowy winter weather lets up.

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