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Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

1. Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

Skip the lines at the ticket office and climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise for a 60- or 75-minute cruise of all 3 branches of the Chicago River, and marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary. Get an insight into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture. Your expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building, Trump Tower, Marina City, Willis Tower, and more. Relax with a glass of something cold from the cash bar, as you cruise the Windy City’s waterway, and learn its status as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s most beautiful cities. End your tour in the same place where you boarded the boat.

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Chicago City Mini Bus Tour with Optional Architecture Cruise

2. Chicago City Mini Bus Tour with Optional Architecture Cruise

After your hotel pick-up from most downtown Chicago hotels, board your climate-controlled minibus with a small group of twelve people or less. Enjoy the sightseeing tour which has won Chicago's "Concierge Preferred" award several years running.  Your tour begins in the heart of downtown Chicago, at The Loop.  Here you'll see incredible architecture, including the world's first skyscrapers.  You'll even go inside one that features a beautiful lobby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The stop also includes views of The Chicago Board of Trade and the Willis (Sears) Tower. After The Loop, you'll tour through Grant Park, which is known as the city's front yard. The centerpiece of the park is the Buckingham Fountain (operational May to October).  Museum Campus is up next, with three museums, Soldier Field and the most spectacular skyline views in the city.  After a ten minute photo stop, you'll travel around Millennium Park, featuring The Bean, before heading up north along Wacker Drive, which parallels the Chicago River. You'll arrive in the fancy Gold Coast nightlife area and residential neighbourhood - one particularly interesting sight here is the original Playboy Mansion. Then you'll take a trip through part of Lincoln Park, and end the tour by zipping along Lake Shore Drive, past beaches and old mansions as we get you back to or near your hotel or parking place. For those wanting the ultimate Chicago experience, add on the option of the world-famous architecture cruise of Chicago. After your 2-hour minibus tour and a short break, climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise vessel for a 75-minute cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River. Marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary. Gain insights into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture. An expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building and more.  

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Chicago: Inside the Loop Architecture Tour

3. Chicago: Inside the Loop Architecture Tour

Get to know Chicago on this guided walking tour around The Loop. See Chicago come to life as a local guide shows you the iconic history, art, and architecture of the city. See the Palmer House’s golden peacock doors, the Tiffany Dome, and more. Start by meeting your guide at a coffee shop near the Monadnock Building. The Monadnock Building is famous amongst engineering circles for its impressive characteristics. Move on to other notable places like the Chicago Federal Reserve. Enter the Chicago Board of Trade Building and Rookery Building for up-close views of their ornate surfaces. Visit Inland Steel Building and the Palmer House, a hotel famous for its intricate golden peacock doors. Along the tour, get to see one of Frank Lloyd Wright's first masterpieces. Finish off your tour at the iconic Chicago Cultural Center. Stand under the Tiffany Dome, the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world. End your experience seeing color and light dance across the room.

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Chicago: Private Architecture Tour - 3 or 6 Hours

4. Chicago: Private Architecture Tour - 3 or 6 Hours

Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your local tour guide, an expert on the architecture of Chicago. Travel through the city in luxury private transportation to discover its rich architectural history. See famous buildings such as the Sears Tower, The John Hancock Building, and the Wrigley Building Discover Gothic gems along the Magnificent Mile, historic brownstones, and the Frank Lloyd Wright homes of Oak Park. Enjoy a unique added value opportunity to view not only the outside but the amazing hidden interior of many of the buildings on the tour. At your discretion, make numerous stops along the tour to go to the top of the sky decks of famous skyscrapers. Walk along the Chicago River and enter the inside of buildings designed by many famous architects. This tour has several different options. Enjoy the sites of the downtown Chicago area with its many skyscrapers, amazing interiors and great photo opportunities. You may also choose the Oak Park Frank Lloyd Wright Homes and Studio option in lieu of the downtown tour where you will have the opportunity to view the interior of his very first home and studio along with over two dozen of his original structures lining Forest Street in Oak Park anchored by Unity Temple, considered to be the world's first building of the modern architectural style. Each of the above separate options are 3 hours long. If you are to choose both options for a full 6-hour touring experience, enjoy a lunch stop at one of Chicago's many famous hot dog stands or deep-dish pizza joints.

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What people are saying about Chicago Board of Trade Building

I had been in Chicago for a few days until I got around to doing this tour. I wish I had started with the boat tour as it really gave the city a ton of character and Nathan’s love for the city was infectious. I went into this tour thinking of Chicago as mostly a city with great food but after the tour I felt a new sense of fondness for its beautiful skyline. If anyone is visiting Chicago I’d suggest doing this tour first to give you a real sense of the Second City. P.S. the bartender made me a great cocktail.

The tour was great. Lots of interesting facts. Our host couldn’t make it and they had a recording of her sessions. I recommend they record a new, better one because theirs is bad quality and could barely be heard. Either way, beautiful view. I’m guessing it’s a lot better when the host is in person.

Kevin was great!! The trip was a little chilly but we were able to warm up with a hot chocolate with Baileys! We did a bus city tour also and it was great to be able to see the city from both the water and the streets. I highly recommend this tour!

the 5'-4" tour guide did a really good job introducing Chicago Riverside architecture. Definitely recommend y'all!

It was a nice cruise on the river exploring the Chicago architecture . The host was amazing .