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Marquette Building Tours

Marquette Building
Towering over Dearborn Street in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, the Marquette Building is one of the best surviving examples of the Chicago school of architecture and one of the city’s first steel-framed skyscrapers. It was completed in 1895 by Holabird & Roche architectural firm and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Basics
Thanks to its illustrious history, the Marquette building is a popular stop on many Chicago architecture tours. You can also pop into the ornate lobby on your own to admire the Tiffany glass mosaics and bronze relief sculptures that tell the story of the building’s namesake, Father Jacques Marquette. Pick up an informational flier from the attendant, or delve deeper into the building’s history and design at free exhibits behind the lobby.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Marquette Building remains a functional office space, but the lobby is open to the public.
  • Colorful mosaics depict the expedition of Jesuit priest Jacques Marquette, one of the first European settlers in Chicago.
  • The structure is well-preserved thanks to a 4-year restoration completed in 2006.
  • Grab a bite to eat at the upscale Revival Food Hall on the same block and accessible through an annex.
  • How to Get There
  • The Marquette Building is located at the intersection of Dearborn and Adams streets in downtown Chicago’s Loop district. Parking in the area is limited. To reach the building by public transit, take the L Blue Line to the Monroe Station.

When to Get There
The Marquette Building is open seven days a week from early morning to late evening. The Revival Food Hall in the neighboring National Building is open weekdays from early morning to early evening; visit outside of lunch hours to avoid crowds of office workers.

Chicago Architecture Tours
The Marquette Building stands proud among Chicago's signature skyscrapers, along with iconic structures such as the John Hancock Building and Water Tower. The city was almost completely rebuilt after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, giving rise to the famed Chicago school of architecture. Guided architecture tours—by foot, bus, or boat—are a great way to learn more about the city’s most impressive buildings and zoom in on details you might otherwise miss.
Address: 140 S Dearborn St, Chicago, Illinois 60603, USA
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Dazzling Interiors of the Loop

Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Dazzling Interiors of the Loop

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See the overlooked highlights of Chicago’s Loop district with a 2-hour walking tour that takes in the best of the bustling, vibrant neighborhood’s inside spaces. Get behind the façades to explore stunningly designed interiors as you follow a specially-designed route with an experienced guide. Learn about the city’s architecture, art and history while visitng a side of Chicago that’s beyond the tourist trail, and experience the Windy City with a local perspective.
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Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour with Pedway

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Downtown Chicago Walking Tour

Downtown Chicago Walking Tour

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Downtown Chicago is filled with gems. Some famous, others known only by select locals. Many of these spots are best seen on foot as opposed to a moving vehicle. We'll take you inside several of these architectural masterpieces, to where much of Chicago's real beauty can be seen. We'll also give you time to check out famous public art by the likes of Picasso and Chagall and see the world's very first skyscrapers! All of our tours are led by experienced guide that have been giving quality tours of Chicago since 2005 and have accrued well over 500 five-star reviews. People mostly comment on how our tours are both informative and entertaining. The walk is a little under 2 miles and conducted at a comfortable pace.
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