TOURS

Experience Chicago Tours

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From public space to transformative architecture, tours led by local SEGD members will showcase the offerings that make Chicago a global city for design thinking and urban innovation!

All tours will occur from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 4. Some require walking and/or use of public transportation.

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Premium Tours

River Tour Modern Architecture
with Chicago Architecture Foundation
Experience Chicago's architectural and tall-building heritage from the early days of tall buildings to the International style, post-Modern to present from the view of the Chicago River.
*Tour Cost: $75.00 | Tour will depart from lower level of conference center (river promenade)

Chicago Public Art Walk
with Chicago Architecture Foundation
​Experience the interplay between the noteworthy public art installations that punctuate Chicago’s downtown Loop alongside the grand champions of Modern Architecture.
*Tour Cost: $75.00 | Tour will depart from lobby level of hotel

Museum of Science and Industry (MSI)
with Leviathan
Experience interactive and immersive media experiences in one of the top science museums in the world. Get insights from the design team at Chicago-based Leviathan and their museum client.
*Tour Cost: $75.00 | Tour will depart from lobby level of hotel

Standard Tours

Michigan Avenue Experience
Experience the ultimate Chicago shopping district including an examination of storefronts and signature retail design, ending the tour on North Michigan avenue at The Hancock Tower and Visitors Center.
*Tour included in base conference registration fee
*Tour requires walking the length of Michigan Avenue from hotel

Millennium and Maggie Daly Parks
Downtown Chicago is graced by old and new, including the extensive park landscapes that reside between Michigan Avenue and the scenic frontage of Lake Michigan.
*Tour included in base conference registration fee
*Tour participants responsible for transportation to and from the park (walking distance from hotel)

Chicago Art Institute Modern Wing (SOLD OUT!!)
with Entro
An extensive environmental graphics and signage program developed jointly by Pentagram and Entro integrates the essence of Renzo Piano’s modern, sleek lines. Learn from the designers who collaborated to aid in the museum's overall experience for public visitors.
*Tour included in base conference registration fee
*Tour participants responsible for transportation to and from Chicago Art Institute (walking distance from hotel)

Trump International Hotel and Tower
with Poblocki Sign Company
An extensive environmental graphics and signage program for one of the newest towers in Chicago. Learn from the owner and fabrication teams responsible for making it happen!
*Tour included in base conference registration fee
*Tour participants responsible for transportation to and from Trump Tower (walking distance from hotel)

Fourth Presbyterian Church
with Gensler
A contemporary addition to a classic and historical structure balances old and new. The environmental graphics program integrates branding and storytelling and connects the church's mission, identify, and history to visitors and users alike.
*Tour included in base conference registration fee
*Tour participants responsible for transportation to and from Fourth Presbyterian Church (walking distance from hotel)

Studio Tours + Chicago Design Museum (SOLD OUT!!)
Gensler + IA + Chicago Design Museum
*Tour included in base conference registration fee
*Studio tour participants responsible for transportation between studio destinations and from hotel

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