Chicago: In and Around the Loop - Walking Tours of Architecture and History

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This tour guide to Chicago helps visitors and residents alike grasp the architectural "personality" of the city. The chapters are organized into neighbourhood routes, with maps provided for each tour. Tours include: the Loop, the Chicago River, Michigan Avenue, and the "Magnificent Mile".

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Explore the city that is the cradle of the American skyscraper and still leads the world in modern building design! The fascinating architecture of Chicago unfurls before your eyes in this acclaimed walking tour guide to the "City of Big Shoulders," birthplace of the skyscraper. Full of little-known facts intriguing to natives and tourists alike, Chicago: In and Around the Loop guides you through Chicago's world-famous landmark buildings; walks you through the Loop and along and "Magnificent Mile," the "Gold Coast," Printers' Row, Grant Park, and Prairie Avenue; and shows you the most stunning views of Chicago's glorious and historic skyline.
Along the way, you'll meet architects like Dankmar Adler, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many others who revamped the American skyline and aesthetic. What an adventure lies before you as you relive the exciting growth, development, and modernization of the dynamic "Windy City" (and find out why it's called that--it's not what you think! Readers and walkers will enjoy: unique tours that include the riverfront from the Sears Tower to Lake Michigan; the River North district, center of Chicago's nightlife; and historical walks through vintage Chicago of both before and after the Great Fire of 1871; fascinating facts and details about major landmarks in the heart of Chicago; easy-to-follow maps of all walking tours; 275 contemporary and vintage photographs of major sites and attractions.
Recommended by the Chicago Architecture Foundation for its completeness and lively style. Chicago: In and Around the Loop is your ideal companion as you explore the city's rich architectural heritage and the exciting Chicago of today. This guide also serves as an ideal reference for architects, architectural historians, and students.

About the Author:

Gerard R. Wolfe has written a number of acclaimed books, including New York: 15 Walking Tours and the best-selling New York: A Guide to the Metropolis, called by the city's Landmarks Commission the finest walking tour guide to the "Big Apple." Recently retired as Director of the Arts and Liberal Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Professor Wolfe holds a doctorate in American Studies. He has lectured widely and has led walking tours for more than 30 years, and is proud of his long-standing love affair with Chicago and its fabled architecture.

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