Best of Chicago: First Elevator Access at Willis Skydeck, Architecture Cruise, & Inside the Loop Tour

2 reviews

5.5 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?


  • Catch the first elevator of the day to the Skydeck atop Willis Tower, and enjoy the views from the top before the crowds arrive.
  • Stand in awe at Chicago’s Art Deco architecture.
  • Enjoy an intimate look at one of Frank Lloyd Wright's first masterpieces.
  • Get up close with the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world.
  • Sit back, relax, and enjoy the skyline views on a stunning 90-minute architecture river cruise.
  • Sites Visited
  • Monadnock Building
  • Chicago Board of Trade with Ceres Statue
  • Skydeck at the Willis Tower
  • Federal Reserve
  • Rookery Building (interior)
  • Marquette Building (interior)
  • Inland Steel
  • Palmer House (interior)
  • Carson Pirie Scott Building
  • Marshall Field Building
  • Chicago Cultural Center (interior)
  • Millennium Park
  • Cloud Gate / The Bean
  • Michigan Ave.
  • Riverwalk
  • DuSable Bridge
  • Chicago River & Lake Michigan
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Entrance to Willis Tower skydeck
  • River cruise

Get an insider’s look at Chicago’s iconic architecture—from legendary skyscrapers to lesser-known gems

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Latest reviews
Enjoyed the walking tour. Surprisingly the Willis Tower sky deck was also a highlight and allowed you to appreciate the scope of buildings we had already learned about. I did not appreciate the phone calls I received confirming the tour as one of these occurred at 2 am.
Emiliy · Oct 16, 2022 · United States · Female · 35 to 44 years
We had done several tours with Walks when we were in Rome a few years ago and we loved every single one of them so we were thrilled when we saw they had tours for Chicago!! We absolutely LOVED this Walk! We’ve done different architecture tours while in Chicago, but this one was by far the best! Noah was so kind, friendly, and full of knowledge - it was like taking a tour with your friend! He was even so kind to share with us some insider tips about different local things! We truly can’t recommend Walks enough, they really know and care about what they are showing you on their tours and just makes it worth your while! We would absolutely do this tour again and would recommend it to anyone who wants to see the gems of Chicago at a step above other tours!
Ryan · Aug 11, 2021

Meeting Point

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Meeting Point
We'll meet in front of the Monadnock Building at 55 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign and tote bag.

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


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