The Chicago Experience: The Loop (A.M.)

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Event Overview

The Loop is rich in history and full of stunning buildings, but this isn't the conventional architecture walking tour.  I’ve been inspired to thread together crucial themes in Chicago’s stories while pairing them with what’s in front of our eyes, for a unique urban experience.  


We’ll talk architecture, of course, but with a dash of Prohibition and Capone, a bit of music, a smattering of jewels, fine china, and gilded peacocks, photography and public art, urban planning and the “L,” legendary personalities, beer, and the skyline… with a garnish of poetry and pathos.  I’m pleased to report that the route and those themes have come together in a most delightful way.


As the title reveals, this is a morning tour (which means an evening tour might just have to be designed).  It will be leisurely and not rushed, with a 8:00 a.m. gather for coffee/tea, start walking at 8:15 am, and end at 10:15 am.  I'm partnering with the endlessly photogenic, local, and historic Pickwick Coffee (22 E Jackson) for an aromatically delicious start to our morning.  Your choice of Pickwick coffee or tea is included in the tour price.


From there we will wander the east end of the Loop and explore said themes and a dizzying variety of buildings, inside and out.  Walking: about one mile, total.  Discoveries: potentially limitless.

What You Can Expect
  • coffee/tea
  • architectural beauty
  • immersive experience
  • Chicago history and culture
  • surprising discoveries
  • thematic experience
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I've been a tour guide for over 20 years and consider it a great joy to do this for a living. I bring passion, knowledge, and humor to my tours. I want to give you the best experience and the most accurate information so that you come away happy . . . and maybe a little (more?) in love with Chicago.

Growing up, my family moved between Milwaukee and Chicago. I know and love both cities, but when studying architectural history, I knew I had to be where the architectural action has long been: Chicago. When I had the chance, I made this my forever home.

I bring a "big picture" approach to my tours. For every story, every building, I provide context to enhance its meaning, touching on many aspects of Chicago's story. Indeed, so much of Chicago's history, art, and architecture is connected. I love threading these themes together to give you the full view.

I also bring along a gallery of historic images and video and music clips on my iPad to enhance your experience of the city. I offer my tours as lovingly crafted experiences.