Chicago - Architecture Tour Part I

May 31, 2013

I was really excited to take the architecture tour by boat. Luckily, it was a hot and sunny day on Sunday so we went to Michigan Ave. to book our tour. We decided to use Chicago's Architecture Foundation river cruise using the Chicago's First Lady boats. The river cruise tour is run by the foundation and volunteers hold the tours.

The cruise costs about $40 and it runs for 90 minutes. Weekends are really busy so be sure to book your tickets in advance. We showed up a bit earlier than the tour time and the line up was already quite long. If you want good seats at the top deck, you must be early and be sure to pack a hat (which I obviously forgot). Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served at the lower deck bar.
 Marina City - 61 twin-story tower is part residences, parking, marina and also boasts restaurants, hotels, shops, and theatre.
 Passing through at least 20 bridges
 the "L" train
 333 West Wacker Dr - reflecting the river's hue
The tour was very informative and we had a great tour guide who gave us the history of the  buildings surrounding the river.

Part II of the tour coming up..


  1. This looks awesome. Great shots! I really want to do this when I go to Chicago. No plans in the works yet, but I have family nearby and have never really explored like I should have!

  2. This also reminds me of My Best Friend's Wedding. Which I love. :)

  3. i NEED to go on this tour when i'm in chicago again...looks awesome


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