21908
Illinois

Out and About in Chicago: Art, Architecture, History and More

On expert-led walks, gain a deeper understanding of Chicago as you explore renowned cultural institutions, historic architecture, the iconic Oak Park neighborhood and much more.
Rating (4.94)
Program No. 21908RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399

At a Glance

You may know it as the “Windy City” for its colorful history of blustery politicians or as the “City of the Big Shoulders” portrayed in Carl Sandburg’s famous ode. Whatever you call it, Chicago is a vibrant city packed with enough art, history, culture and stories to capture the mind of any visitor. Learn about the life and work of the iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright, through an expert-led exploration of his Prairie-style home and studio in the charming and historic Oak Park, Illinois. See how the story of Chicago’s evolution is told in its preserved architecture and pay visits to museums and cultural institutions in advance of your own independent discoveries of aspects of the city that speak to you.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on field trips.
Flex
Flex
Our Flex learning adventures offer more flexible schedules than our traditional programs, with ample independent time and several meals on your own. Enjoy the camaraderie of the group while also getting time to explore on your own.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Go inside the Art Institute of Chicago with an expert on the artworks of its world-class, 300,000-piece permanent collection.
  • Study city architecture on a walk with a scholar and from a boat on the Chicago River.
  • Learn about the life and work of the iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright, through an expert-led exploration of his Prairie-style home and studio in charming and historic Oak Park, Illinois.

General Notes

Program includes substantial free time to explore the city. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials. If you would enjoy a more moderately paced, more inclusive program, check out "Signature City Chicago: Your Kind of Town" (#2818) at a hotel overlooking the Chicago River.
Featured Expert
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Marshall Jacobson
Born and raised in Chicago, Marshall Jacobson knows the Windy City! He graduated from South Shore High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a master’s degree in social service administration at the University of Chicago. He is a Chicago Greeter and was a volunteer for five years for the Chicago Architecture Foundation as an award-winning docent. Marshall served as the vice president for development at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, and is an active supporter and visitor to the Chicago History Museum, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Marshall actively participates in a variety of liberal arts classes, with favorites in art history and film, at Northwestern University. Besides being a bon vivant and Renaissance man, Marshall is an actor and has performed in several productions around Chicago.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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