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Chicago Architecture Tours

Windy City Architecture Guides, USA – Exclusive Illinois City Walks tailor made for groups visiting United States

post updated May 15, 2024

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Chicago Architecture Tours: Exclusive Guided Walks

e-architect offer architectural tour guides in all key cities in the USA and across the continent of North America.

Chicago Walking Tours

150 North Riverside Office Building in Chicago, West Loop, completed by Goettsch Partners in April 2017:
150 North Riverside Chicago Architecture Tours
rendering from architects

Our Chicago guided tours are all tailored to suit each booking we do not allow for bookings to be joined. Our guided tours in Chicago are all exclusive to each client.

Are you planning an office trip, a conference, or university trip to Chicago? If so please contact us and we will be happy to take your booking.

Northwestern University Ryan Center for the Musical Arts in Chicago design by Goettsch Partners:
Ryan Center for the Musical Arts Building
photo from architects office

Chicago Architecture – Introduction

Chicago is located in the north of the United States of America. Nicknamed the Windy City it is one of the largest cities in the US. The most famous buildings include the soaring Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower), Crown Hall + IIT Buildings, the classic Modern of 860-880 Lake Shore Drive, the super-tall John Hancock Center and the Federal Center building. We can visit these buildings on our Chicago Architectural Tours.

Apple on Michigan Avenue by Architects Foster + Partners:
Apple on Michigan Avenue Chicago Architecture Tours
photography © Nigel Young Foster + Partners

Well known architects offices with buildings in Chicago include Renzo Piano Building Workshop (IT), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (USA), Zaha Hadid (UK) and Ben van Berkel (NL).

Famous 20th Century architects to build in the city include Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) – known for their skyscraper buildings.

WMS Boathouse Building at Clark Park design by Studio Gang Architects:
WMS Boathouse, Clark Park - Chicago Architecture Tours
photograph : Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing

Other significant architecture studios with work in the Windy City include local design office Studio Gang Architects, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Rafael Viñoly Architects, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Goettsch Partners.

Recent interesting buildings that might interest your group include Aqua Tower by Studio Gang Architects, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, the Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, CTA Morgan Station by Ross Barney Architects, and the Center for Care and Discovery at the University of Chicago Medicine by Rafael Viñoly Architects.

Wintrust Arena Chicago Building design by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects:
Wintrust Arena Chicago Building
photo : Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Chicago Architecture Walking Tours

Chicago Architectural Tours can include visiting the major buildings – such as the highest skyscrapers – in the city center. However our guides can normally show your group specific buildings by request on our Illinois Architecture Tours. e-architect can offer basic advice for preparing your itinerary ahead of your Chicago walking tour.

Chicago Buildings

Chicago Walking Tours

Contact e-architect to arrange your Illinois architectural tour on mob. +44 (0)7952 149814 or isabelle(at)

Illinois Architecture

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Other than Chicago, e-architect offer architecture walking tours in other cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Mexico City, New Delhi and Paris.

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Chicago Architecture Design – chronological list

Aqua Tower
Design: Studio Gang Architects
New Chicago Skyscraper Building design

860-880 Lake Shore Drive Renovation
Design: Krueck & Sexton, Architects
860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments

Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Art Institute of Chicago Building

Poetry Foundation, West Superior Street
Design: John Ronan Architects
Poetry Foundation Building

Unity Temple Building Restoration, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois by restoration Architects Harboe Architects:
Unity Temple Restoration Oak Park, Illinois
photo : Tom Rossiter
Unity Temple Building
Unity Temple is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest works, completed in 1908. The simple rectilinear building is one of the ten Key Works of Modern Architecture by FLW nominated to the World Heritage list.

Knox College Whitcomb Art Center, S Prairie St, Galesburg, Illinois building designed by Lake|Flato Architects:
Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building
image Courtesy architecture office
Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building
This vibrant new home for Knox College’s arts programs provides a fresh take on Galesburg’s Midwest Americana charm.

Chicago Architecture Design

Chicago Architecture

Chicago Building Photographs

Chicago Office Buildings

Chicago Skyscrapers

Chicago Navy Pier Redesign Competition

Chicago Union Station

American Architecture

American Architecture

American Architects

Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois – not too far from the Windy City – an icon of 20th Century architecture designed by Mies van der Rohe Architect:
Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois
building photo © gm+ad architects
Farnsworth House

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