Architecture River Cruise
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- Architecture River CruiseAmbassadorJun 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.Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 3Mar 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.Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jan 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.Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Nov 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.Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 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.Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 5Oct 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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- Architecture River CruiseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Aug 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.Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseAug 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.
- Architecture River CruiseMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersMay 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.
- Architecture River CruiseApr 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!Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseJun 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!Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Mar 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.Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseDec 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....Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Oct 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.
- Architecture River CruiseAug 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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- Architecture River CruiseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Jul 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!Recommended for:
- Architecture River CruiseJul 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.
Open Hours: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
Phone:+1 312 922 3432