Explore Dazzling Architecture Interiors

Chicago, United States

Experience hosted by Hillary

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Cultural immersion
Guests felt absorbed in a community or culture.

What you'll do

Take the architecture tour voted #1 by TripAdvisor users! We will be taking a leisurely 2-hour walk exploring some of the most beautiful and often overlooked buildings in downtown Chicago, both outside and inside, and learning about the most important and interesting parts of Chicago's architectural history. Visitors often don't know where to go, or even where they're allowed. This experience takes them inside places they'd never even consider, to show off more than 100 years of architecture as it developed here in the Windy City -- including stunning stained glass, atrium-like spaces, 19th century skyscrapers, and more! Great tour for photographers and travel buffs!

Some things to note:

Bring a camera -- this is an AWESOME way to practice your architecture photography! Also, dress for the weather, and if it's raining, bring an umbrella.

Also, please note that if you provide a non-US phone number as your day-of contact number, we **CANNOT** call you if you're lost or late!
Take the architecture tour voted #1 by TripAdvisor users! We will be taking a leisurely 2-hour walk exploring some of the most beautiful and often overlooked buildings in downtown Chicago, both outside and inside, and learning about the most important and interesting parts of Chicago's architectural history. Visitors often don't know where to go, or even where they're allowed. This experience takes them inside places they'd never even consider,…

Meet your Host, Hillary

Host on Airbnb since 2012
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I (Hillary) am the owner & head tour guide at Chicago's #1-rated walking tour business on TripAdvisor, Inside Chicago Walking Tours. After several years in Chicago's river tour industry, I started my own walking tour business in 2014 in order to be able to show people the street-level and interior views of Chicago's world-famous architecture. My company is ranked #1 tour out of more than 370 tours in Chicago on TripAdvisor, and has been featured in numerous online publications as a "best of Chicago" tour. My company’s tours are the opposite of the big-brand, scripted tours. We specialize in truly unique, personalized experiences of Chicago.

THANK YOU for supporting small business! I work with a few trusted tour guides who are experts in all things Chicago, so if you don't meet me, you'll be meeting Adam, Kylie, David, or Colleen!
I (Hillary) am the owner & head tour guide at Chicago's #1-rated walking tour business on TripAdvisor, Inside Chicago Walking Tours. After several years in Chicago's river tour industry, I started my own walking tour business in 2014 in order to be able to show people the street-level and interior views of Chicago's world-famous architecture. My company is ranked #1 tour out of more than 370 tours in Chicago on TripAdvisor, and has been featured in numerous online publications as a "best of Ch…
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From $30/ person

$30 per person
Join 4 other guests
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$30 per person

Where you'll be

We'll be staying in downtown Chicago ("the Loop") -- central to everything else you'd like to explore in the city before and after the tour -- and we will be covering a distance of 1.25 miles at a leisurely pace.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 727 reviews.

Scarlett
November 2021
Wonderful tour :) Adam was a great storyteller and knew a ton about Chicago’s history. We learned a lot and had a great time
Danesh
November 2021
Kylie was super enthusiastic and friendly. The tour was engaging and interesting, and we were shown a lot of things that would ordinarily go unnoticed. Highly recommend if you’re into architecture and design!
Sandra
November 2021
Kylie is a knowledgeable and animated guide, she gave us time to observe and take pictures while guiding us through the locations! She answered all my questions and I learned a lot! Definitely recommend her!
Alex
November 2021
My guide for the architecture tour was Kylie and she made it so worthwhile! I was a little nervous about the the weather but she did a great job of keeping us inside most of the time. She was SO knowledgeable about the architectural periods and history to which the buildings belonged (this is not a surprise I just want to emphasize) and she also answered any questions I had. She provided amazing insight into Chicago and it really deepened my appreciation for the city. I would 100% do this again and will be recommending this to my friends and family!
Sophie
October 2021
I booked a architecture interior walking tour last minute. Kylie was our tour guide. She took us to astonishing landmarks around the city center. She allowed us time to capture photos and then shared her knowledge about the historical buildings and interior design. Kylie was delightful. She was great at answering questions the group had and offered recommendations after the tour. I highly recommend this tour if you’re a design buff.
Emily
October 2021
This was an awesome tour. We learned so much from our excellent and entertaining guide Andy, and saw some really awe-inspiring interiors! Definitely worth the money and time.

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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 2 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.