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Cruise the Chicago River for a deeper appreciation of the beauty of Chicago's many world-class buildings. – The Scene
Beginning at Michigan Avenue, Chicago's First Lady (or Little Lady) gets underway in the shadows of the Wrigley building and Marina City, then winds its way down the main branch and south branch of the Chicago River. Along the 90-minute tour, more than 50 buildings are discussed by the tour guide, a Chicago Architecture Foundation volunteer. The outstanding views make the river a great setting for viewing and analyzing. Add in cool breezes and refreshing air, and you have an experience no double-decker bus can rival.
The CAF guide weaves factual information about the buildings and their construction with stories about the influential personalities who created them. Though sprinkled with architectural terminology, the tour is meant for a general audience. But this isn't the place for younger kids-- architecture is treated seriously and no running around the boat is tolerated.
(Photo by Peter Behle)
Very enjoyable experience! – I was a little apprehensive about taking the tour. However, I am glad I did. The tour was both relaxing and educational. This city has always been one of my favorites and is so gorgeous, especially from the water.
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