3 Plazas on Dearborn Street Tour


Chicago Design Week 2018 Event

2-hour Walking Tour | 8 people per group.


Tickets available for 5 scheduled tours:

  • Sun 10/28 10a-12p
  • Tue 10/30 2p-4p
  • Thu 11/1 2p-4p
  • Fri 11/2 10a-12p
  • Sat 11/3 10a-12p

Three Plazas on Dearborn Street is an introduction to the evolution of style, design and economies of a post-WWII city that rebuilt itself…again. Strengthening Chicago as the seat of mid-century Modern architecture.


It is from these three distinct plazas that tour participants will learn about how design and technologies evolved by comparing structures over time and how they create an integral link within the Loop.

Proud to be part of Chicago Design Week 2018 and special thanks to AIGA Chicago, Chicago Design Museum and MAS Context.

Joann Sondy, architecture docent and designer, will guide participants on a 2-hour of Daley Plaza, Exelon Plaza and Federal Center Plaza; each plaza offering 360ยบ view of buildings from a variety of styles, structure and ornamentation; Chicago School, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and Contemporary. Chicago’s world-renowned public sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall and others.


The tour will meet at EXPO 72, 72 East Randolph Street. After a brief introduction, we’ll proceed to Daley Plaza, next destination will be south to Exelon and conclude the tour at Federal Plaza (Dearborn Streeet between Adams and Jackson streets).

Walking route is approx. 1 mile (1.6 km). Accessible via public transit {preferred} and/or public parking. Walking distance to washrooms and restaurants. Handicap accessible. In case of severe inclement weather, the tour will utilize Chicago Pedway system reducing exposure.

No refunds for inclement weather.

It is recommended that you travel light, wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes appropriate for an urban walk; ability to climb stairs maybe needed.



Not responsible for any injuries incurred while on-location or walking to locations. Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Tours by Joann Sondy (and its parent company, Creative Aces Corporation) will be mindful of all participants and the surrounding area while on-location and walking to ensure the safety of the each participant in the group.

Not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal items during the tour.

Photo Release Agreement:

Each participant agrees to having his/her picture taken and/or any voice recorded and grant Joann Sondy, and its parent company, Creative Aces Corporation, permission to use his/her picture, voice and physical surrounding without restriction for the purposes of marketing and promotion; be it print, projection, internet website, video/audio channel or any future market. Each participant fully agrees to his/her own participation and holds Joann Sondy. and its parent company, Creative Aces Corporation or representative harmless from any liability, loss of expense arising from the use of his/her picture, or audio/video recording. Each participant also consents to the use of his/her name, voice and/or picture and other materials for promotional, publicity or organization purposes.