Discover urban art from sculptures, mosaics and murals to Tiffany jewels that dot the various corners of the city on this free walking tour of Chicago
Although best known for being the country’s architectural center, Chicago is today the birthplace of world-famous works of urban art and culture. Join us to discover the secrets of the Windy City sometimes in plain sight, sometimes hidden behind the beautiful shops, hotels and palaces on this free 2.5-hour walking tour.
The tour Art in the Loop begins at 78 East Washington Street, in front of the Chicago Cultural Center, and ends in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
An introduction to the city of Chicago
In this 2.5-hour walking tour, the guide will help you learn more about the history of Chicago through the details of the Great Fire of 1871. We will tell you how it started, why it spread so rapidly and the legend that was manufactured around this event that is represented by one of the stars on the Chicago flag. We take you to Chicago’s first public library and help you discover why, when it was inaugurated, an article of the time called it “The People’s Palace”. We accompany you to tour Chicago’s central district, better known as the “Loop” by the locals, and discover the street art scene that can be admired not only on the walls of the buildings, but also in the squares and sidewalks. The guide will introduce you to different types of urban art, murals of Blues legends, great cubist sculptures, celestially-inspired statues, surrealistic mosaics, multimillion-dollar doors, and you will learn about some world-renowned artists such as Tiffany, Picasso, Miró and Chagall. In addition, we will take you to one of the oldest and most iconic historic hotels in the city that is virtually an art gallery with free admission.
We help you discover the Chicago of yesteryear
This guided tour is not only about urban art, but also about entrepreneurs, merchants and visionaries who played an important role in the transformation of Chicago from a small settlement to a splendid metropolis of international recognition.
You will learn about a department store magnate who changed the consumer landscape into a luxurious shopping experience through innovations in customer service. We will also talk about the story of love and tragedy of the “king” and the “queen” of Chicago, responsible for the creation of the most exclusive neighborhood in the city up until this day, and we show you their legacy in a hotel that invokes the Royal Palace of Versailles.
Why do we offer free tours?
Free tours are a worldwide movement that offers tours for everyone, from backpackers to business people, and they fit each person’s budget. We want everyone, regardless of budget, to know and enjoy the beautiful city of Chicago. Free tours based on tips do not have a fixed price, but allows you to decide the value of the experience. Each traveler assesses whether the visit has been worthwhile and decides the contribution according to their degree of satisfaction.
Tuesday, Thursday 2PM
Adult: Free (Tip-Based)
Child (up to 13 years old): Free (Tip-Based)
Average duration: 2.5H
Where?: 78 East Washington Street
Languages available: Spanish
Although the tour usually includes the sites and stories mentioned and lasts an average of 2.5 hours, the tour and the order of the stops may vary depending on weather conditions, holidays, opening and closing times of each place and / or other unforeseen circumstances or for organizational reasons
The tour Art in the Loop ends at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Wear comfortable shoes, the tour covers a distance of about 2 km on foot
Please bring a bottle of water on warm days since we will not be stopping along the way except for a bathroom break
It is not wheelchair accessible
Not suitable for baby strollers
The tour Art in the Loop tour begins at 78 East Washington Street, in front of the Chicago Cultural Center.
Learn about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and how it influenced the new architecture of the city
Stroll through the famous “Loop” neighborhood, Chicago’s downtown district
Marvel at public works of art by artists such as Picasso, Miró, Tiffany and Chagall
Enter the main department store in Chicago for much of the 20th century to see its Tiffany mosaic ceiling
Discover the opulent interior of the oldest hotel in North America
Marvel at the allegorical Fountain of the Great Lakes inside an urban oasis
Learn about the Art Institute of Chicago’s history and its famous lions
GET TO KNOW THE CITY IN DEPTH WITH OUR TOURS
Each of our tours will help you delve into the various aspects and specific areas of downtown Chicago at an affordable price.
Tours are rain or shine unless we have to cancel due to extreme weather or unforeseen circumstances, in which case we will notify you of the cancellation by email and / or WhatsApp to the number and email address provided during the reservation. Book online to guarantee your place on our guided tours.
Participation in Nexo Chicago tours is strictly voluntary. Nexo Chicago Tours and the guides that provide the tours will not be responsible for any physical injury, damage or loss of personal items during the tours. Just be careful and follow the instructions of the guides. The guides reserve the right to deny participation to any person, for any reason, in any of the tours.
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