The Tauck Chicago Event

2014 Prices From $4,290 for 5 Days - Events

Designed by Tauck and filmmaker Ken Burns. Join us on one of our most intriguing Tauck Events for 2014 – an exclusive insider's look into the people, places and events that shaped Chicago, one of the world's most powerful cities, during the pivotal years 1871 – 1933. During your four-night stay in the historic Tower at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile (a landmark since 1929), you'll explore the themes of Ken Burns's documentaries Prohibition, Jazz and Frank Lloyd Wright. Sightseeing tracks take you on a firsthand journey through the history of Chicago, beginning with the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, after which the "Second City" was rebuilt, and continuing through the eras of The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 – an event that set the stage for the next 40 years of architectural and arts achievements – to the 1933 Chicago World's Fair marking industrial and scientific achievements of "A Century of Progress." On Architecture That Shaped The City, delve into the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright with visits to his studio and home in Oak Park, plus Unity Temple; Beer Wars: The Roaring Twenties tours jazz-age Chicago during the Prohibition era; and The Most American of Cities includes a look at the multicultural influences that defined the city – by private boat, coach and on foot. Private dinner events include an evening at the Chicago History Museum overlooking Lincoln Park, a special evening of music at the 1921 Chicago Theatre, and a "Prohibition Repeal Celebration" in the InterContinental's amazing Grand Ballroom. And, of course, there are presentations by noted experts such as John Russick, Director of Curatorial Affairs (and Prohibition expert) for the Chicago History Museum, and Jonathan Eig, New York Times best-selling author of Get Capone, who provides insights and tells the story of gangster Al Capone. The highlight of this Event is a private evening at the Chicago Theatre, including an opportunity to meet Ken Burns at a cocktail reception and open house following his keynote address. One departure only, so we encourage you to make your plans early.


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  1. Day 1

    Arrive Chicago – and the Tauck Chicago Event begins



    Day 2

    Architecture That Shaped The City


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    Day 3

    Beer Wars: The Roaring Twenties and an evening with Ken Burns


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    Day 4

    The Most American of Cities and a special farewell celebration


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    Day 5

    Journey Home



The Tauck Difference

Prior to meeting with Ken Burns to craft this itinerary together, I watched both his "Frank Lloyd Wright" and "Prohibition" documentaries again, paying close attention to any references to Chicago. And then while on my first trip back there, for example in Oak Park, visiting both the Wright Studio and Unity Temple, although I had seen both on previous trips, I walked through them in a different way, and saw these spaces with the light at an angle coming through the stained glass, that I then understood, was how Frank Lloyd Wright intended for people to feel as they entered one of his buildings… as if they were still outside amongst the natural world.

– Brenda MacKellar, Tour Architect

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