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Chicago Masterworks offers a lively overview of Chicago architecture in context, exploring iconic buildings from the 1870s to the present. We’ll encounter a variety of architectural styles, connect older structures to new additions to the city’s skyline and examine how works by masters of architecture and public art have been woven into Chicago’s unique urban fabric.

2 Hours
CAF Shop and Tour Center, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

Compare the histories, styles and functions of buildings located within sight of each other at five major intersections of downtown Chicago. Examine the symbiosis between buildings and public art. Trace the evolution of these relationships as they yielded advances in building technology and secured Chicago’s place as one of America’s great cities.

The tour features buildings from the Chicago Commercial style, the Beaux Arts movement, mid-20th century Modernism, Postmodernism and the latest in architecture by Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano. The walk culminates with a visit to Millennium Park, where world-class art and architecture combine to celebrate our varied culture.

Upcoming Chicago Masterworks, Connecting Old and New Tours

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