Chicago: Elevated Architecture Walking Tour

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Learn the history behind Chicago's famous elevated rail system and admire the city’s architecture on this guided walking tour. See the galleries at the Chicago Architecture Center and ride the “L.”


  • See Chicago from a unique perspective from station platforms above the ground
  • Take a seat on the “L” and experience Chicago’s rapid transit system firsthand
  • Learn the history of the 'L' system and how it has shaped downtown Chicago
  • Admire some of Chicago's unique architecture while passing by hundreds of sights
  • Enjoy included admission to the galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center


Join a walking tour to explore Chicago’s memorable architecture from the unique perspective of elevated trains and station platforms. Learn the history behind the 'L' system and hear how it has shaped the development of buildings within the Loop. Experience riding the “L” for yourself. The city's first elevated train started making trips in 1892. Now considered one of Chicago’s most defining features, the 'L' offers one-of-a-kind views of downtown. By being more than 20 feet off the ground, you'll see architectural details that are missed by most pedestrians at street level. With this tour, you’re in for one of the most comprehensive tours in the Loop, passing hundreds of buildings and Chicago highlights. As you make your way around the city, listen to narration by your guide about Chicago’s transit system and architectural significance. Tickets purchased for experiences run by the Chicago Architecture Center help build the greater Chicago community. When you hit the pavement on a walking tour, set sail on an award-winning river cruise (Chicago's First Lady), or visit the Center, you’re helping fund Chicago Architecture Center education initiatives like Girls Build!, Teen Fellows and the Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition. Or you may be helping to keep programs like Open House Chicago free for participants for years to come. As a certified nonprofit, all Chicago Architecture Center ticket purchases directly support local education efforts and community engagement projects.


Walking tour Certified guide Fare to ride Chicago's 'L' transit system Admission to the galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center

Important Information

  • This tour is not ADA accessible. The tour takes place outdoors and involves standing on station platforms and walking stairs This tour will operate rain or shine

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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