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Land and River Architecture Tour of Chicago's Scenic North Side

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    Pass By: The Magnificent Mile, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

    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.

    Pass By: Lake Michigan, IL

    Your journey continues along Lake Michigan on North Lake Shore Drive to Wrigley Field.

    Pass By: Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N Stockton Dr At Stockton Dr., Chicago, IL 60614-3419

    The return trip will take you past Lincoln Park Conservatory and Zoo.

    Pass By: The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601-3623

    Your return also takes you down State Street viewing Chicago’s El Train and Chicago Theater.

    Stop At: Chicago Line Cruises, 465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

    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.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

    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.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Departure Point
    30 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
    Duration
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Narrated SCENIC CHICAGO - North Side trolley or coach tour
    • Chicago Architecture Cruise aboard Chicago Line Cruises
    • Local taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Chicago Line Cruises
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pick-up
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Transportation to boat tour
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 6 days ago

    We took the boat tour first and found it engaging. The guide was very knowledgeable and informative as to architectural matters. (This is not a tour for children.) The view of the City from the water opens a new door to understanding the growth of...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Christine G
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