Ancient Roots of the Windy City – Exploring the Geology of Downtown Chicago
GSC invites you to join Raymond Wiggers, Guide and Author of Geology Underfoot in Illinois for a walking tour, Ancient Roots of the Windy City Exploring the Geology of Downtown Chicago” Sunday, May 5 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.
On this walking tour we’ll explore the unexpected interplay between art, science, civil engineering, and immense geologic time. As we highlight Chicago’s great architects and examine the buildings that made them famous, we’ll come to understand the greater significance of a wide assortment of ornamental stone, brickwork, and terra cotta adornments derived from sources both local and exotic. It’s a trip that will lead us from local stone quarries to the islands of Lake Superior, and from the mountains of Italy to ancient seaways of the Age of the Dinosaurs and even to the distant origins of North America over three and half billion years ago.
Highlights of the tour include explanatory stops at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Auditorium Building, the Monadnock Building, the Aon Center, the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and the Magnificent Mile.
A Walking Tour
Exploring the Geology of Downown Chicago
Tour Guide, Ray Wiggers
Sunday, May 5, 2019
11 a.m.-3 p.m. (new start time)
The tour will begin at the Chicago Cultural Center, Renaissance Court, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago