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Architecture River Cruise

333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-3700
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  • Architecture River CruiseAmbassadorPro 2014
    Nally
    5 Jun 08, 2014

    It may sound dull, but this cruise is the best way to learn to learn about the architecture and the history of the Chicago while getting a feel for the city at the same time. On a sunny day, grab a cocktail and a seat on the top deck for the 90-minute tour.

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    Kasey
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    5 Mar 23, 2014

    Highly recommend! Beautiful river boat ride through the city. See buildings that you can't see any other way. Have a Bloody Mary, sit back and listen to the very well informed your guide.

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  • Architecture River Cruise
    Liz Behler
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    5 Jan 24, 2014

    Home of the skyscraper, taking the time to appreciate the city's architecture is a major thing to do when you're in town. There are a lot of boat tours to choose from, but your money is best spent on the slightly more expensive tour run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. With experienced, knowledgable staff, you'll walk away tons of fun facts and a deeper appreciation of the city.

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  • Architecture River Cruise
    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    4 Nov 12, 2013

    Chicago's skyline may not be as famous as New York's, but it is still plenty impressive, and the river cruise is a great way to appreciate how massive some of the skyscrapers are.

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  • Architecture River CruisePro 2014
    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Nov 04, 2013

    A spectacular way to learn about Chicago architecture (when the weather is good). All of the architectural tours are fantastic but spending time on the water gives you a bit of distance and a chance to really observe. One of my favorite Chicago tourist experiences.

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  • Architecture River Cruise
    Lauren
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    5 Oct 14, 2013

    Best tour in the city. It's expensive, but seeing the city by the river is the best way. Docents are extremely knowledgable. A good thing to do on a nice Sunday afternoon with a Bloody Mary in hand. Bar on board! The architecture in Chicago is stunning! Highly recommend.

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    Laurel W
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    A great way to look at some great buildings from the river, learn something about architectural styles, learn some Chicago history and get a feel for the city.

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    Kristen Pieszko
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    Definitely would recommend this to both visitors to and residents of Chicago. It really lets you see the beautiful architecture of Chicago from another angle and gives you some history. Be sure you go with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

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    Arit NC
    5 Aug 05, 2013

    I don't generally recommend things that are so obviously touristy, but my mother loves architecture so we took this tour for her birthday. It was informative, the tour guides are clever, they serve alcohol (bonus!) and once you get out onto the lake, you get one of the best views of the city. Our skyline is beautiful from all angles, but being on the water with a glass of wine in your hand certainly exposes its true majesty.

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    Evan Roth-Howe
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    3 May 26, 2014

    It's tough to get a great view of much of Chicago's notable architecture from anywhere besides the river. Also just a nice way to spend an afternoon on the water. The cruises depart close to Millennium Park, which is well worth a visit itself.

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    Ayusa Sinha
    5 Apr 04, 2013

    Views are really stunning. Gives you a chance to sit and appreciate the beauty of Chicago. Great opportunity to learn about Chicago's rich history. Our tour guide was Heather and she was really fun and informative. I would recommend it!

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    Deborah Ingersoll
    4 Jun 29, 2014

    Actually took this twice with different friends. Each time learned something new. The guides are informative, offering the history of the buildings, as well as some other, maybe not as accurate, stories to go along with it. A relaxing time...however, watch the weather! During one of the cruises I was on, a storm developed while we were on the river. By the time we got out on the lake the winds were blowing the waves across the boat, even up to the second level. The boat was being tossed about like the SS Minnow! Tons of fun for me.....not so for many others.....they were inside, feeling sick! Great views of the skyline from out on the lake, and traveling through the locks is an experience. The Chicago river is actually lower than the lake! A great tour, and one I say...you should do!

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  • Architecture River CruisePro 2014
    Fran V.
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    4 Mar 27, 2013

    One of the first things I learned about Chicago was that it was big on architecture. Going on the architecture river cruise really helped me to see that and to learn more about Chicago's history. While on the cruise, you get to see the many different downtown buildings and the different styles upclose while you ride up and down the river.

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  • Architecture River Cruise
    Nina Kindred
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    5 Mar 14, 2013

    If you like big beautiful buildings, this is your trip. I always say take a river cruise when in a new city, but this one is particularly beautiful.

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    Snave Legrev
    5 Dec 13, 2012

    IF you come to Chicago and have the time to take this, TAKE IT! The boat cruise seemed like a silly idea before we got on it... by the time we pushed off the dock and the guide started talking about the buildings, I knew we were in the right place. So much knowledge and info on the buildings, on the history, and the references of how the buildings all relate to each other. It was incredible to see. We learned so much about the city, about the architecture and about the ethic of what Chicago is all about. Great time, I would definitely do it again....

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    3 Oct 13, 2012

    You get some great views of the city on this tour. It really does seem to be a city that was designed to be seen by boat. However, the architecture tour was really for architects and historians. It was a litany of names, and styles and dates, without the interesting context, or story woven through it that would interest a pedestrian like myself.

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  • Architecture River Cruise
    Britt Winslow
    5 Aug 05, 2012

    Even if you are a casual fan of architecture, this is a can't miss tour. Make your reservations well inadvance, bring a jacket (unless it is summer) and learn A LOT.

    In two hours you will see more kf the city than you can in two days of walking.

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    Andrea Kelso
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    We really enjoyed this and it was totally worth the money! It was a little chilly that day so be sure to wear a jacket because it's much cooler on the water. We loved the view and history of the city.

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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Worth the money you spend to get on this cruise. You learn a lot about the architectural history of Chicago and you will see quite a few cool things like the cantilever building or the one that encompasses a whole zip code!

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    Fatima Fidan
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I was born and raised in Chicago and still found this to be the most interesting tour ever. The Great Chicago fire was devastating but did open the door to some of the world's most talented architects competing, year after year, generation after generation to create art which would be added to the Chicago skyline. The tour is about an hour and will really help you gain an appreciation for the city once your back on land.

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    May 1-Jun 13: 1p, 3p M-F, 11a, 1p, 3p Sa-Su. June 14-Oct 3: 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm daily; Oct: 1pm, 3pm Mon-Fri; 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm Sat-Sun
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Do you enjoy architecture and make it a point to see each city's highlights? Then take the time for the Architecture River Cruise on your next trip to Chicago to give yourself the opportunity to relax on a boat while taking in the best views of the city. Keep at least 90 minutes open, as the cruise is 90 minutes in duration. Which do you prefer: sitting inside or sitting on the deck? Either way, ... read more
the Architecture River Cruise has an option for you, and you may take photos during the tour, too. If you get hungry, there are plenty of snacks and beverages available for purchase on board!

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