Chicago Picasso (The Picasso) Tours
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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.
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
10 Tours and Activities to Experience Chicago Picasso (The Picasso)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
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.
Explore the hidden side of Chicago on a 2-hour walking tour of The Loop, a bustling neighborhood that’s full of wild history, architectural landmarks and some of the city’s most fascinating characters. Follow your local guide along the sidewalk, and stop to notice the overlooked details and untold stories that even life-long locals sometimes miss. Experience the city one small piece at a time on a route that traces a path between Chicago’s littlest treasures, and get an inside look at life in the Second City.
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.
Soak up the Windy City’s festive holiday feel and explore local landmarks with ease on this Segway tour in Chicago. Hop onto your Segway and spin through Chicago’s Millennium Park to the Loop. With your guide, you'll watch skaters enjoying the ice rink, explore Michigan Avenue and admire festive department store displays. See the German Christmas market stalls at Daley Plaza, where locals sip hot chocolate and munch 'bratwurst,' and enjoy the atmosphere beneath the city’s Christmas tree. Get the personalized feel of a small-group experience.
Venture inside renowned Chicago landmarks, elegant lobbies, and underground corridors on this walking tour. Your expert guide will share insights about interior architectural features of this design-rich city—from mosaic domes to the sprawling Chicago Pedway System—bringing the details of the Windy City into vivid focus. Stop to admire Chase Tower, the Marshall Field and Company Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Chicago Picasso (The Picasso)?
The best ways to experience Chicago Picasso (The Picasso) are:
- Chicago Grand Half-Day Bus Tour
- Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)
- Chicago North Side Tour
- Discovering Vintage Chicago: The Loop Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap
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