21908
Illinois

Winding Through the Windy City: Art & Architecture in Chicago

On expert-led, small group walks and during independent explorations, learn about Chicago’s historic architecture and diverse neighborhoods with local experts.
Rating (4.95)
Program No. 21908RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,399

At a Glance

Thrilling and serene. Tough and sophisticated. Chicago is a city of contrasts best understood through its art and architecture. We’ll be on the go with a small group of fellow explorers as we visit a range of neighborhoods with an architecture expert to see how the city’s evolution is told through its buildings. Then we’ll venture outside the city to learn about the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright, as we visit his Prairie-style home and studio. Your schedule includes some open afternoons, during which you’ll be able to discover on your own the aspects of the city that speak to you most.
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 independent 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 program with more scheduled activities, check out "Signature City Chicago: Your Kind of Town" (#2818), with 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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Marshall Jacobson
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