The Binoculars Tour
This 90-minute tour is $26.00 and that includes your binoculars that you get to keep!
Fridays & Sundays at 3PM
This tour focuses on learning how to “read” a building by understanding the ornament on it’s facade. Building ornament may be useless – structurally useless – but it is not arbitrary! In fact, it’s full of deep meaning and conveys a message to all who see it, but the trick is, you have to see it.
SO! Like a gaggle of campers, each of us armed with a pair of binoculars (that you get to keep), and a hilarious and knowledgeable tour guide (you have to give me back), we’ll set out to explore where no one else does. We’ll see griffins, demons and gargoyles! We’ll “read” some of Chicago’s best buildings, like the Chicago Board of Trade, the Rookery and the Chicago Temple (it’s a skyscraper church, it is cool and it has some seriously scary and sad ornament on it). Grab your binoculars, lean against a building and look up, see the beauty and the artistry that most people today never, ever see.
Fridays & Sundays at 3:00PM
This 90 minute tour is $26 per guest – this includes your binoculars that you get to keep!
What to expect
This tour moves quickly. We walk about a mile and a half. There is looking up! Not all the time, but there will definitely be looking up. City streets and all that entails – curbs, noise, street. The tour is all outdoors, so dress for the weather! Tour is 90 minutes.
KIDS: So. I’ll warn you, the ideas on this tour are big! Art and life and death and God and fortune and failure. Also, it’s a good walk, over a mile. If your kid likes the big ideas and is a good walker, then I’d love to have them! But I do think a lot of it can go over little ones’ heads. Follow your heart!
START: Chicago Board of Trade
FINISH: Daley Plaza – 50 W. Washington