Telling the Story: Historical Masterpieces of the Loop

Chicago, IL , United States

About Your Host

Hillary -- a member of the Chicago Tour Guide Professionals Association -- is an energetic, entertaining, and knowledgeable architecture tour guide who is not only passionate about architecture, but also passionate about Chicago and what it has to offer visitors. Some of the things that make her an excellent tour guide include: A background in Comparative Literature and languages, and years of experience teaching levels K-12 and university-level writing and language courses. She is highly skilled at communicating information in an interesting and graspable way. Nine years of experience in professional editing and translation through her freelance business, The Finer Point. She is articulate, and naturally conveys information in a very engaging way. She was even asked to have her tour translated into a number of languages for a major boat tour company in Chicago! Eight years of experience as a tour guide in Chicago (both on architecture boat tours and food-tasting tours). She is completely comfortable leading a group of people, maintaining the interest and pace of the group without losing sight of the individuals. More than a decade of improv comedy training and performance experience, having performed with a team at the famous iO (formerly "ImprovOlympic"). She is quick-thinking, adaptable, funny, and great company for exploring Chicago!

What we'll do

Here, in the “City of the Big Shoulders,” America saw its first skyscraper, a daring, innovative, steel-framed “giant” of its time – though only 1/10 the height of the current tallest building in Chicago. And though you can no longer see this revolutionary building, Inside Chicago Walking Tours specializes in getting you as close as possible to that moment in history: not only will you see the exact spot where it once stood – something you’d likely see on other walking tours – but you’ll also see a comparable building designed by the same architect, at the same time, of the same height and same style – something you’d surely miss on other walking tours. And it’s in this engaging, contextualized approach to teaching history that Inside Chicago Walking Tours sets itself apart, making Chicago’s architecture come alive for tourists and Chicagoans alike: we know how to set the right context for learning about the past through the lens of the present; we know how to make the stories behind the walls come alive. Inside Chicago Walking Tours takes you on a well-walked path of Chicago’s historical architecture, but in its unique, entertaining, and memorable way. We promise you’ll be looking at architecture – and history – in a whole new light! ON THIS TOUR, YOU WILL SEE: --120-year-old walls that tell the fascinating story of modern architecture’s evolution; --"Queen's Landing," and the hotel where Queen Elizabeth once stayed; --Iron hidden behind gleaming marble -- two styles and eras in one; --Amazing Tiffany stained glass mosaics, saved from destruction; --Much, much more! **Within 24 hours of requesting this experience, you will receive a unique code for each ticket purchased and will need to officially register with an external ticketing office. All details will be provided in the confirmation email after registration.**



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