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Art of a City Downtown Chicago - Exclusive Guided Walking Tour

Chicago, US
Chicago, US
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Discover the art that lies hidden in plain sight amidst the iconic architecture of downtown Chicago on this exclusive guided walking tour. Join a small group and embark on a 2.5 hour journey led by expert guides who will take you up close to monumental art pieces created by renowned artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor. From Edward Kemeys's "Lions" to Anish Kapoor's "Cloud Gate" (The Bean), Eduardo Kobra’s “Muddy Waters” to Joan Miro’s "Chicago," you'll witness the incredible artwork that adds depth and character to the "City of Big Shoulders." Marvel at the intricate designs, massive mosaics, and awe-inspiring sculptures strategically scattered throughout downtown Chicago. Immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene and gain a deeper appreciation for the artists who have left their mark on this city. Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience the art of a city firsthand.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Edward Kemeys’s Lions
  • Juame Plensa’s Crown Fountain
  • Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (The Bean)
  • Eduardo Kobra’s Muddy Waters
  • Pablo Picasso’s Untitled
  • All fees and taxes
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Private guided walking tour
  • Professional tour guide exclusively for you
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Food and drinks
  • Tour price does not include gratuities (optional)
  • Tour price does not include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend uber or taxi)

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Introduction

Discover the hidden artistic gems of Downtown Chicago on the exclusive Art of a City Guided Walking Tour. This 2.5-hour tour takes you on a captivating journey through the bustling streets, revealing the incredible public art pieces created by renowned artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor. With a small group setting, you'll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these monumental artworks while exploring the world-famous architecture that surrounds them. Led by expert guides, this tour provides a unique perspective on the city's vibrant art scene and its integration into the urban landscape.

What to expect?

Embark on a cultural adventure as you delve into the rich history and significance of each public art installation. Marvel at the majestic "Cloud Gate" (The Bean) by Anish Kapoor, reflecting the city's skyline in its polished surface. Stand in awe of the towering "Flamingo" by Alexander Calder, a vibrant sculpture that adds a splash of color to the urban environment. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of Eduardo Kobra's "Muddy Waters" mural, paying homage to the legendary blues musician. This tour promises a unique and immersive experience, allowing you to appreciate the artistry and stories behind each masterpiece.

Who is this for?

The Art of a City Guided Walking Tour is a must for art enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone eager to explore the vibrant cultural scene of Chicago. Whether you're a local looking to uncover hidden treasures in your own city or a visitor seeking an authentic and enriching experience, this tour is designed for all. The small group setting ensures an intimate and personalized experience, making it suitable for solo travelers, couples, families, and friends alike. No prior knowledge of art or architecture is required, as the expert guides will provide engaging and informative commentary throughout the tour.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the world of art and architecture as you embark on this exclusive guided walking tour of Downtown Chicago. Unlike traditional tours, this experience focuses solely on the city's extraordinary public art, giving you a unique perspective on the vibrant cultural scene. With a knowledgeable and passionate guide leading the way, you'll gain valuable insights into the artistic techniques, historical context, and hidden stories behind each artwork. The small group size allows for an intimate experience, ensuring that you have the opportunity to fully appreciate and engage with the art. This tour offers a perfect blend of art, history, and urban exploration, creating a memorable experience that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the art that surrounds us every day.

Good to know

This tour is wheelchair-friendly, ensuring that everyone can participate and enjoy the experience. The professional tour guide is exclusively dedicated to your group, providing personalized attention and answering any questions you may have along the way. The tour duration is 2.5 hours, giving you ample time to explore the various art installations and engage in meaningful discussions about their significance. Please note that the tour price does not include food and drinks, gratuities, or hotel pickup/drop-off. We recommend using UBER or a taxi for transportation to the starting point. Prepare to be inspired as you uncover the hidden artistic treasures of Downtown Chicago.

Reviews

Customers who have embarked on the Art of a City Guided Walking Tour have raved about the unique and captivating experience it offers. They praise the knowledgeable guides who bring the art to life with their insightful commentary and engaging storytelling. Many have expressed their surprise at the hidden gems they discovered during the tour, appreciating the opportunity to see these renowned artworks up close. Visitors have also commended the small group setting, allowing for a more personalized and intimate experience. Overall, participants have left the tour feeling inspired, with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the art and architecture that defines Downtown Chicago. Don't miss the chance to explore the city's vibrant art scene and uncover the stories behind these stunning public art installations. Book the Art of a City Guided Walking Tour today and embark on a journey of artistic discovery.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Crown Fountain

Juame Plensa’s “Crown Fountain” What do the artists Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor all have in common? Incredible public art within a few blocks of each other. After the Chicago fire created a clean slate to design a new downtown during the height of the gilded age, much attention has focused on the internationally renowned architecture that populates Chicago’s downtown. However, hiding in plain sight is spectacular public art that adds depth and character to the “City of Big Shoulders”.  From metal behemoths, to massive mosaics, and murals that could be seen for miles (if the skyscrapers didn’t get in the way) some of the most famous artists from the twentieth century to today have left their blood, sweat, and tears scattered in the heart of Chicago to inspire the future and remember the past.  

The big bean Chicago

Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” (The Bean) What do the artists Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor all have in common? Incredible public art within a few blocks of each other. After the Chicago fire created a clean slate to design a new downtown during the height of the gilded age, much attention has focused on the internationally renowned architecture that populates Chicago’s downtown. However, hiding in plain sight is spectacular public art that adds depth and character to the “City of Big Shoulders”.  From metal behemoths, to massive mosaics, and murals that could be seen for miles (if the skyscrapers didn’t get in the way) some of the most famous artists from the twentieth century to today have left their blood, sweat, and tears scattered in the heart of Chicago to inspire the future and remember the past.

Muddy Waters Mural

Eduardo Kobra’s “Muddy Waters” What do the artists Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor all have in common? Incredible public art within a few blocks of each other. After the Chicago fire created a clean slate to design a new downtown during the height of the gilded age, much attention has focused on the internationally renowned architecture that populates Chicago’s downtown. However, hiding in plain sight is spectacular public art that adds depth and character to the “City of Big Shoulders”.  From metal behemoths, to massive mosaics, and murals that could be seen for miles (if the skyscrapers didn’t get in the way) some of the most famous artists from the twentieth century to today have left their blood, sweat, and tears scattered in the heart of Chicago to inspire the future and remember the past.

Picasso Statue

Pablo Picasso’s “Untitled” What do the artists Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor all have in common? Incredible public art within a few blocks of each other. After the Chicago fire created a clean slate to design a new downtown during the height of the gilded age, much attention has focused on the internationally renowned architecture that populates Chicago’s downtown. However, hiding in plain sight is spectacular public art that adds depth and character to the “City of Big Shoulders”.  From metal behemoths, to massive mosaics, and murals that could be seen for miles (if the skyscrapers didn’t get in the way) some of the most famous artists from the twentieth century to today have left their blood, sweat, and tears scattered in the heart of Chicago to inspire the future and remember the past.

Miro's Chicago

Joan Miro’s “Chicago” What do the artists Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor all have in common? Incredible public art within a few blocks of each other. After the Chicago fire created a clean slate to design a new downtown during the height of the gilded age, much attention has focused on the internationally renowned architecture that populates Chicago’s downtown. However, hiding in plain sight is spectacular public art that adds depth and character to the “City of Big Shoulders”.  From metal behemoths, to massive mosaics, and murals that could be seen for miles (if the skyscrapers didn’t get in the way) some of the most famous artists from the twentieth century to today have left their blood, sweat, and tears scattered in the heart of Chicago to inspire the future and remember the past.

Calder’s Flamingo

Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo” What do the artists Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor all have in common? Incredible public art within a few blocks of each other. After the Chicago fire created a clean slate to design a new downtown during the height of the gilded age, much attention has focused on the internationally renowned architecture that populates Chicago’s downtown. However, hiding in plain sight is spectacular public art that adds depth and character to the “City of Big Shoulders”.  From metal behemoths, to massive mosaics, and murals that could be seen for miles (if the skyscrapers didn’t get in the way) some of the most famous artists from the twentieth century to today have left their blood, sweat, and tears scattered in the heart of Chicago to inspire the future and remember the past.

Chagall's Four Seasons

Marc Chagall’s “Four Seasons” What do the artists Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor all have in common? Incredible public art within a few blocks of each other. After the Chicago fire created a clean slate to design a new downtown during the height of the gilded age, much attention has focused on the internationally renowned architecture that populates Chicago’s downtown. However, hiding in plain sight is spectacular public art that adds depth and character to the “City of Big Shoulders”.  From metal behemoths, to massive mosaics, and murals that could be seen for miles (if the skyscrapers didn’t get in the way) some of the most famous artists from the twentieth century to today have left their blood, sweat, and tears scattered in the heart of Chicago to inspire the future and remember the past.

Buckingham Fountain

Marcel Francois Loyau “Clarence Buckingham Fountain” What do the artists Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Kapoor all have in common? Incredible public art within a few blocks of each other. After the Chicago fire created a clean slate to design a new downtown during the height of the gilded age, much attention has focused on the internationally renowned architecture that populates Chicago’s downtown. However, hiding in plain sight is spectacular public art that adds depth and character to the “City of Big Shoulders”.  From metal behemoths, to massive mosaics, and murals that could be seen for miles (if the skyscrapers didn’t get in the way) some of the most famous artists from the twentieth century to today have left their blood, sweat, and tears scattered in the heart of Chicago to inspire the future and remember the past.

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