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Tour the world’s tallest commercial building with load-bearing masonry walls, completed in 1893 by Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root, and learn about the transition from masonry to steel frame skyscrapers. The Monadnock brings together Egyptian inspiration, soaring profiles in brick and the best of Chicago School in a balanced and elegant aesthetic beauty.

0.75 Hour
$20 public
Free for CAC members
Inside Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd.

Discover how Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root balanced aesthetic beauty with the functional challenges a very tall building without a structural steel skeleton. The tour also discusses the meticulous restoration of this Chicago landmark.

Note: Although it's not required, we recommend making reservations in advance for this tour.

Upcoming Monadnock Building Tours