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Chicago Land and River Architecture Tour: Untold Stories

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Whether you’re short on time or want to orient yourself to Chicago, a 3.5-hour land and river tour is the perfect option. The comprehensive itinerary takes you through both the North and South sides. Listen as your guide tells insider stories about the people who shaped the city. After the land tour, rest your feet and see the city from a unique vantage point during a 90-minute river cruise. Experience Chicago from both land and water Visit the North and South sides of the city Get a comprehensive overview in just 3.5 hours Enjoy complimentary fare for the river cruise

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Pass By: Tribune Tower, 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4066

This land tour will take you past all the sights of Chicago’s Scenic North Side. Heading north out of the Loop past Millennium Park and up the Magnificent Mile where you will see the Fort Dearborn historical site, Chicago River, Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station. Your journey continues along Lake Michigan on North Lake Shore Drive to Wrigley Field. It will take you past Lincoln Park Conservatory and Zoo and down State Street viewing Chicago’s El Train and Chicago Theater. This land tour will take you past all the sights of Chicago’s Historic South Side. You will head south out of the Loop down Michigan Avenue past Art Institute of Chicago, the starting point of historic Route 66, Grant Park and the site of Chess Records. Your journey will continue along Lake Michigan on South Lake Shore Drive. Travelling on you will see President Obama’s home, Robie House, University of Chicago and Jackson Park and the Museum of Science & Industry. The return trip will take you through Museum Campus and past Buckingham Fountain.
You will also enjoy a 90-minute Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago Line Cruises.
Throughout the signature cruise one of the award-winning Docents will present more than 50 skyscrapers, bascule bridges, and historic sites.In a world of iconic architecture, only a few images are so instantly recognized they need no subtitle. Think of the Venetian canals, a Shinto temple, the medieval Cathedral at Chartres, or the unmistakable skyline of Chicago. Each year thousands of architecture lovers travel to the City of Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper… and thousands book passage aboard this enthralling river tour, widely considered the best 90-minutes spent in Chicago.
On your Architectural Tour you will learn how the Great Chicago Fire jumped a river and allowed for visionaries of structural steel and plate glass, such as John Wellborn Root, William Le Baron Jenney, Louis Sullivan (Wright’s mentor) and Daniel Burnham, in less than ten years, lift Chicago from the ashes of the fire to new heights. Chicago’s ascent continued into the 20th century with titanic figures such as Bertrand Goldberg, Fazlur Khan and Mies van der Rohe – (higher/taller) buildings, sleeker – and it has soared in the 21st century with audacious new steeples such as The Trump Tower and Aqua designed by Jeanne Gang, an internationally known artist of architectural design. A jaw-dropping excursion through a city that defied all expectations … even the laws of gravity.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Narrated INSIDE CHICAGO - Grand Tour trolley or coach tour
  • Chicago Architecture Cruise aboard Chicago Line Cruises
  • Local taxes

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to boat tour
  • Hotel pick-up

Departure Point
17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA

Departure Time
10:00 AM

3 hours 30 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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