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Chicago Cultural Center Tours and Tickets

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Opened in 1897 as Chicago’s first public library, the Chicago Cultural Center is the city’s hub for arts and cultural events as well as one of the city’s most beloved architectural monuments. The center is among Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions and features more than 1,000 free concerts, films, art exhibits, and other cultural events each year.

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78 East Washington Street, Chicago, 60602
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.87
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$46.87

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while audio commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.99
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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

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Take in iconic views of the beautiful Chicago lakefront and its many landmarks during this Lake Michigan sightseeing boat cruise. Climb aboard your vessel for a laid-back ride, enjoying panoramic views of the Windy City's skyline from a unique perspective. Along the way, you'll listen to informative commentary and take in views of the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower, along with many other landmarks. Plus feel free to bring your own lunch or grab a drink at the onboard bar, during your ride.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.34
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Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures

Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures

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Explore the art glass crafted and designed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company during this 2-hour walking tour in Chicago. Following an expert guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, visit 4 late 19th-century landmarks that contain glass works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries. This sophisticated, informative tour is a must-do for history and architecture fans. The tour includes general admission to the Art Institute of Chicago for the tour plus 1 other day. 
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00

Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Treasures of Chicago

Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Treasures of Chicago

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Get an insider's introduction to Chicago's most celebrated buildings during this architecture-focused walking tour of Michigan Avenue and State Street. Revisit the heyday of the skyscraper and visit stunning, Art Deco-era interiors, from the Palmer House Hotel to the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission to the Chicago Architecture Center is included, with an introduction by the docent.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Dazzling Interiors™ of the Loop

Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Dazzling Interiors™ of the Loop

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See the overlooked highlights of Chicago’s Loop district with a 2-hour walking tour that takes in the best of the bustling, vibrant neighborhood’s inside spaces. Get behind the façades to explore stunningly designed interiors as you follow a specially-designed route with an experienced guide. Learn about the city’s architecture, art and history while visitng a side of Chicago that’s beyond the tourist trail, and experience the Windy City with a local perspective.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00

Chicago Loop Walking Tour

Chicago Loop Walking Tour

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Step into the heart of Chicago with this 2-hour walking tour of the Loop. You’ll meet your local guide at the Chicago Cultural Center and make your way through the city’s downtown. Stop to check out the elevated “L” train, buildings by Burnham and Sullivan, busy commercial centers and lesser-known quiet corners of this vibrant area. You’ll come away with a deeper sense of Chicago’s rich history and architecture.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: The Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop

Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: The Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop

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Explore the hidden side of Chicago on a 2-hour walking tour of The Loop, a bustling neighborhood that’s full of wild history, architectural landmarks and some of the city’s most fascinating characters. Follow your local guide along the sidewalk, and stop to notice the overlooked details and untold stories that even life-long locals sometimes miss. Experience the city one small piece at a time on a route that traces a path between Chicago’s littlest treasures, and get an inside look at life in the Second City.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00

Chicago Loop Secret Food Tour with Private Tour Option

Chicago Loop Secret Food Tour with Private Tour Option

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Explore Chicago's buzzing food scene with a small group on this small group walking tour. Stroll around the 'Loop', stopping at hidden gems and hearing tales of the city from your guide. Taste classic Chicago foods, from deep-dish pizza to dipped Italian beef sandwiches.
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  • 3 hours
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$87.00
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$87.00

Train & Walking Tour of Chicago Loop - Home of the Modern Skyscraper

Train & Walking Tour of Chicago Loop - Home of the Modern Skyscraper

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Discover the architectural splendor of downtown Chicago—and learn all about the city’s early skyscrapers, urban planning, and modern history—on this small-group tour. Meet your guide in the morning on Michigan Avenue and set off by foot and by L train. You’ll see world-renowned landmarks like the Rookery Building, will visit the Chicago Cultural Center to admire the world’s largest Tiffany dome, will explore the Fine Arts Building, and much more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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Inside the Loop: With First Entry to Skydeck & River Cruise

Inside the Loop: With First Entry to Skydeck & River Cruise

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Get ready to discover the storied architecture of Chicago. You’ll take the first elevator ride of the morning up to Skydeck at Willis Tower to see the city from a birds-eye prime vantage spot. Journey back to street level for an immersive tour of the Loop guiding you from the iconic ‘L’ train circling downtown Chicago to the city’s impressive Art Deco architecture. This insider’s look will supply you with the history to truly appreciate these colossal structures. A 90-minute river cruise awaits at the end of the tour taking you from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00

Private Chicago Scenic Driving Tour

Private Chicago Scenic Driving Tour

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Leave behind the parking woes and traffic troubles on this private Chicago sightseeing tour. After pickup from your hotel, you’ll hit all the stops you want—yep, you can customize them—from Wrigley Field to “The Bean” to Navy Pier, The Magnificent Mile, Chicago History Museum, and so much more. Your guide comes loaded with local insight to get you the most out of your whirlwind day in the Windy City.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$268.00
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Private Guided Chicago City Tour
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Private Guided Chicago City Tour

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Discover Chicago's bold character through its beautiful landmarks and fascinating backstories on this thoughtfully designed tour of history, contemporary life and world-famous architecture. Guests will see iconic downtown buildings, hear lesser-known stories from the past, and step inside gorgeous interior spaces.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$425.00
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Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago Loop

Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago Loop

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Walking Tour of Chicago Riverwalk
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Walking Tour of Chicago Riverwalk

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Chicago's Riverwalk is a bevy of impressive buildings, gardens, eateries, and beyond. Spend two hours wandering with an expert local at your side. Explore the art, architecture, and all the little hidden spaces with the absolute best experience in one of the most essential areas of Chicago. Make your way from the Magnificant Mile to the four distinct districts of the Riverwalk while tales of Chicago delight your ears and sights tickle your eyes.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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Discovering Vintage Chicago: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of the Loop

Discovering Vintage Chicago: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of the Loop

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Take a walk back in time through the history of Chicago's Loop on this app-enabled tour. After downloading the app and tour to you smartphone, you and your party will listen to author Amy Bizzarri, an author and expert in Chicago history, as she leads you through walking tour of the city. The GPS-enabled tour will trigger commentary at just the right times, and you can stop and start whenever you like for a flexible experience that lets you move at your own pace. Highlights include Daley Plaza, the Chicago Theater, Berghoff Restaurant, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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  • 50 minutes
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Chicago Private Instagram Car Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Chicago Private Instagram Car Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or are just looking for a stress-free way to sightsee, this private, full-day driving tour makes discovering Chicago’s top sights simple. Meet your guide in the morning at your hotel, and set off: see landmarks like Wrigley Field, Grant Park, Millennium Park (and “the Bean”) all in one day. Don’t forget to bring your phone or camera to capture memorable snaps en route.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$798.94
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$798.94
Price varies by group size

Private 2-Hour Walking Tour: Chicago Loop Interior Architecture

Private 2-Hour Walking Tour: Chicago Loop Interior Architecture

Make the best of your visit to Chicago and explore the interiors of the emblematic Loop of Chicago downtown with a private licensed guide. You will enjoy a private tour and discover the hidden architectural treasures of Chicago with a local expert. Here are some examples of what you will enjoy: - Chicago Loop, Chicago - Chicago Cultural Center - Untitled by Picasso, - Block 37, - Marshall Field's Wholesale Store, This is a private tour just for your group.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$203.92
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$203.92
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Chicago Self-Guided Audio Tour

Chicago Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Short and highly selective information in the audio commentary for tourist attractions in around Chicago Highlights of this Self-Guided Audio Tour • It allows you to go as per your own convenience of time, pace and location; skip the content that doesn't interest you, and listen longer to content that does interest you. • Not necessary to download any location tracking apps. Audio guide can be listened online (or) offline. •Available in multiple languages, you can choose the one you’re most comfortable with. • It is one of the best options with lowest price when compared to hiring a tour guide. •If you have any questions about any attractions. No worries, we will answer in your language instantly by message.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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Walking Tour Chicago Passageways - Pedway & Riverwalk

Walking Tour Chicago Passageways - Pedway & Riverwalk

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Chicago’s Pedway is a system of underground tunnels and passageways that are laid out underneath the city so you can get from one end of the Loop to the other without ever going outside. We begin at the Cultural Center and after viewing the famous Tiffany dome, we descend into the Pedway which takes us past murals, stained glass windows and into Macy’s where we view yet another Tiffany masterpiece on the ceiling. After a brief stop at a new food hall, we return to the Pedway and follow it west as it intersects with two of Chicago’s busiest subway stations, the Richard J. Daley Civic Center, City Hall/Cook County Building, and the James R. Thompson Center. We then head north to Chicago’s Riverwalk, a park-like property that is also an entertainment district with bars, cafes, etc. Along the Riverwalk, we pass some of Chicago’s most iconic buildings and historical landmarks then back to the Pedway to end our tour. Make a day of it and book our Modern Skyscraper tour for the morning!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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Chicago Cultural Center hours of operation: . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.