Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruises and Tours are one of the top attractions I recommend for tourists and locals alike when visiting downtown Chicago in the summer. It offers a chance to see Chicago from a different perspective and is relatively cheap for entertainment. It is a great stay-cation activity this summer, and it is a local activity that is fun, relatively cheap and kid/family friendly. I hope everyone is enjoying the mild weather and the time off from work.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is a very popular Chicago River boat tour because Chicago is known for the great mid-century and art deco architecture downtown. This Chicago River Cruise lasts about one and a half hours. The views of Chicago from the Chicago River are different than anywhere else in the city downtown. Looking up at the buildings that line the river is almost like walking back in history. The hosts always have the background, dates and interesting stories about these buildings you see.
They give you the background and history on why the buildings are as they are today and what companies and purposes, they had back in the day that is entertaining even if you are a local tourist. A lot has changed in Chicago over the decades, but the architecture is one of the few things that stays the same. This tour tells you the history of why things are the way they are and who built this great city. Look to the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s website for tickets, tour dates and times and what events are happening in conjunction with the tours coming up this month.
The starting point for the tour is on the corner of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue downtown near the loop. Check out the tour this summer, they run until November when the boats stop running for the winter.