Chicago, Illinois audio tour: Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop

Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop

Walking Tour

40 mins

About the Tour

This tour will take you to some of the timeless, classic spots that evoke the unique character of Chicago's Loop. It includes charming stories that tell you what each place is like now and how it got that way, from classic restaurants to shops and other establishments that still thrive today and evoke the unique character of the city.

Tour Producer


Amy Bizzarri

I'm a Chicago-based writer focused on vintage/retro travel and Chicago history. Check out my most recent books, Discovering Vintage Chicago and 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss.

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Major Landmarks

  • The Berghoff Restaurant

  • Picasso's Unintitled Statue Chicago

  • The Chicago Theatre

  • Chicago Cultural Center

Directions to Starting Point

The Art Institute of Chicago is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago and is easily accessible via the city's "El" train system. The Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple lines all stop above ground at Adams/Wabash, one block west of the museum. The Red and Blue lines stop underground at Monroe, just a few blocks away. A number of bus lines also stop in front of the museum. Currently, El fare is $2.25 per adult. Visit the Chicago Transit Authority's website at for route, schedule, and fare details.

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Places to stop along the way

Exelon Plaza, Daley Plaza, Chicago Cultural Center

Best time of day

9am - 7pm




The walking tour was very interesting and informative. When you take the walking tour I would really encourage you to take the suggested stops and step inside the buildings. They were amazing.
One thing to keep on eye on is the route you are taking. You are in a city with tall building and that can mess up the GPS signal. You most likely will have to navigate at least some of the tour manually. It’s not a big deal. The app has a map and you can start each talk manually.
I would highly recommend taking this tour.

Posted by Jay H , over 3 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop