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Chicago Picasso (The Picasso) Tours and Activities

Chicago Picasso (The Picasso)
Towering over the Richard J. Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, the monumental statue known as The Picasso was one of the city's first large-scale pieces of public art. Gifted by the famed Spanish artist himself, the 50-foot (15-meter) steel form is Cubist in style and offers a range of different interpretations.

The Basics
Chicago Picasso (The Picasso) is hard to miss—its gigantic, curved metal form looms large over a plaza in the downtown Loop. Picasso himself never explained the statue’s meaning or inspiration, so its abstract design remains a local topic of debate. That said, many Chicago walking and architecture tours stop here for a discussion of the statute’s history and significance. Public events are often held around the statue, including farmer’s markets and the annual Christkindlmarkt.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Chicago Picasso (The Picasso) statue is open to the public free of charge.
  • Try to view the statue from different angles and distances, as the form changes shape depending on where you stand.
  • Chicago Picasso (The Picasso) makes a cameo in several movies, including The Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and The Fugitive.
How to Get There
Chicago Picasso (The Picasso) is located in the Richard J. Daley Plaza on Washington Street between Dearborn and Clark in downtown Chicago’s Loop. Parking in the area is limited, but the Washington CTA metro station, located on the blue train line, sits beside the plaza.

When to Get There
The statue can be seen 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Christkindlmarket is held around the statue annually from mid-November through Christmas Eve.

Enjoying Chicago’s Public Art
The Picasso statue is one of many public art installations that transformed Chicago's parks and plazas into open-air galleries. Highlights of the downtown area include Cloud Gate in Millennium Park (also known as The Bean); Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park; the Four Seasons mosaic by Marc Chagall at the foot of Chase Tower; and Joan Miró’s abstract Chicago sculpture next to the Cook County Administration Building.
Address: 50 W Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, USA
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Chicago Grand Half-Day Bus Tour

Chicago Grand Half-Day Bus Tour

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Get the perfect introduction to the wealth of sights in the Windy City during this 4-hour Chicago day tour. Discover the many landmarks spanning both the city's North Side and South Side, enjoying a scenic ride along Lake Michigan on Chicago's Outer Drive along the way. You'll also have the chance to admire the city's Washington and Grant Parks, explore inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory, see Adler Planetarium and visit the iconic Wrigley Building. This Chicago in a half day tour also includes transport between all sites and tour narration.
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Chicago's Ultimate City Bike Tour

Chicago's Ultimate City Bike Tour

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Explore Chicago’s most iconic sites on a bike tour that explores Museum Campus, parks, and monuments. Follow your guide along the waterfront as you soak up the city skyline and enjoy the breeze along the easy-going route. Circle the Buckingham Fountain while you learn the history of the city’s public art, parks and museums, and capture unforgettable images of the Windy City.
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Chicago North Side Tour

Chicago North Side Tour

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Explore the North Side of Chicago on this guided sightseeing tour by coach. During this 2-hour tour, experience the bustle of the Loop, the central business district and one of the financial centers of the country. Visit State Street, an important thoroughfare in Chicago's history and the Magnificent Mile along Michigan Avenue. Learn about the history and culture of the city from your local guide; upgrade your tour to include a Chicago River cruise.
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Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour

Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour

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Stroll through Chicago's winter streets, lit up for the holidays, on this gourmet walking tour. Learn about Chicago's celebrated holiday traditions like the European-inspired Christkindlmarket, the beautiful decor and windows on State Street, and ice skating at Millennium Park. Sample generous tastes of classic Chicago foods and holiday treats as you walk. Seasonal craft beer tastings help you stay warm and toasty; please note this tour operates in all weather conditions, so dress appropriately.
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We Love Chicago Walking Tour

We Love Chicago Walking Tour

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Downtown Chicago is filled with gems. Some famous, others known only by select locals. Many of these spots are best seen on foot as opposed to a moving vehicle. We'll take you inside several of these architectural masterpieces, to where much of Chicago's real beauty can be seen. We'll also give you time to check out famous public art by the likes of Picasso and Chagall and see the world's very first skyscrapers! All of our tours are led by experienced guide that have been giving quality tours of Chicago since 2005 and have accrued well over 500 five-star reviews. People mostly comment on how our tours are both informative and entertaining. The walk is a little under 2 miles and conducted at a comfortable pace.
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Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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Take a walk back in time through the history of Chicago's Loop on this app-enabled tour. After downloading the app and tour to you smartphone, you and your party will listen to author Amy Bizzarri, an author and expert in Chicago history, as she leads you through walking tour of the city. The GPS-enabled tour will trigger commentary at just the right times, and you can stop and start whenever you like for a flexible experience that lets you move at your own pace. Highlights include Daley Plaza, the Chicago Theater, Berghoff Restaurant, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Your Way or the Highway: 2-hour Customized Private Walking Tour in Chicago

Your Way or the Highway: 2-hour Customized Private Walking Tour in Chicago

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Enjoy a private 2-hour walking tour with Belgian-American tour guide Leentje. She will introduce you to the city she calls home since 2014. Every tour is different and custom-made. Tours are available in English, French, or Dutch. Focus can be on public or street art, architecture, food, and much more!
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In the Streets: Milwaukee Ave Guided Bike Tour

In the Streets: Milwaukee Ave Guided Bike Tour

Not only will you receive a safe and scenic guided tour through the city, your guide is an excellent resource to answer those questions you may have about biking the streets of Chicago or the history of a neighborhood we've cycling through! Finally, an environment where you can explore biking at your own pace, without mad cyclists scorching past.
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Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

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This Chicago grand tour covers four hours of sightseeing with admission to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Get oriented to the Windy City on a coach tour that takes you along a scenic route on Lake Shore Drive, and past North Side and South Side highlights including Museum Campus, Lincoln Park, Washington Park, Grant Park and Wrigley Field. Finish on the 94th floor of the Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest landmarks, for panoramic views of the Magnificent Mile from the open-air observation deck.
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