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Tourists Sighted West of Michigan! 

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To the editors:

Contrary to James Krohe Jr.'s thesis that the Chicago Architecture Foundation's recent move from the Monadnock Building on South Dearborn Street to the Railway Exchange Building at Michigan and Jackson proves that downtown Chicago west of Michigan is off-limits for tourists (July 3, "Cityscape: Welcome to Chicago?"), we actually moved because we needed larger quarters in which we could consolidate our tour facility, shop, and administrative offices. Tourists and Chicagoans alike did come to South Dearborn Street when our tour center was there. Actually, our docents take thousands of tourists each year on our walking tours of the Loop, and all seem eager to venture beyond Michigan Avenue to view Chicago's treasure trove of old and new structures. I think the tremendous popularity of our tours is evidence of a widespread interest about other areas of the city.

John D. Engman

Executive Director

Chicago Architecture Foundation

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