Meet in front of 231 S. La Salle (Wintrust Bank Building)
Tour ends at Hampton Inn – North Loop – 68 E Wacker Place
See 7 stunning Art Deco buildings, all masterpieces in their unique & individual ways, as well as 4-5 other notable properties and outdoor sculptures on this fun and fabulous walk of Chicago’s Financial District and parts of the North Michigan Avenue corridor. Your tour guide, interior designer, and historical architecture guru Ronnie Frey will paint a picture you’ll not soon forget of life in the Roaring 20s, which celebrated modern life in the New Machine Age.
Note: This tour is approximately 1.25 – 1.5 miles in length. When possible, certain stops will include brief tours of the lobbies, but some of the interiors may be closed on certain days. On those days you will be presented with a photographic tour of the interiors including photos taken by Ronnie as well as historic photos garnered from various historic preservation websites.
This is one of my first tours to offer a VERY unique experience. While on the tour you will be able to follow along using your phone to see many historic photos related to each stop, making this a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience like none other!
Here’s how it works:
1.Download the FREE eATLAS app from the App Store or Google Play.
2. Create a FREE account on the app.
3. The day before the tour you will be emailed with a 100% discount code to enter so you can see the CHICAGO ART DECO MADNESS photos in the app (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FREE). If you have any problems with getting this set up I can help you just prior to the tour. I am always at the starting point early. This is not necessary to FULLY enjoy the tour so if you don’t want to participate, no problem!
See you out on the trail!
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Learn about the stunning lobby and other areas of the Chicago Board Of Trade Building and hear about the extraordinary exterior architectural ornamentation.
Experience the Deco-styled, multi-level arcade of the Field Building, stretching between LaSalle and Clark Streets in the Financial District – where the Deco mailboxes match the Deco building. Learn about the differences between Art Deco and Art Moderne styles.
View and learn about the amazing Deco-styled limestone panels on the One North LaSalle Building, executed by the famous & highly awarded French sculpturist, Leon Hermant.
Experience the fabulous and ostentatious lobby of One North LaSalle, a 49-story Art Deco skyscraper built near the presumed site of René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle’s 17th-century camp.
The Carbide & Carbon Building is one of Chicago’s most treasured Art Deco gems, complete with a 10-karat gold leaf finial, green terra cotta/black marble exterior, and other fantastic details from the Roaring 20s era.
Get the story behind this enormous, 20-foot x 30-foot, transcontinental highway map of the United States in the Chicago Motor Club Building, painted in 1928 by John Norton.