I must admit that the Chicago skyline is one of my all time favorites. As we are lucky enough to visit this city on a regular basis, we are always on the lookout for something new to try. In April with the weather being cooperative, the bitter cold of winter had thankfully passed and the scorching summer heat had yet to begin, we decided to take the architecture river tour.
The Shoreline Sightseeing company offers various tours departing from two locations, Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue. The architecture river tour last approximately 75 minutes and cost $34 plus tax for an adult ticket. Tours begin at 10am and run throughout the day. TIP – some of the boats have a bar onboard so check when booking if that is something that would add to your experience. The company also offers evening tours and special firework tours so there really is something to fit everyone.
On our tour, James our guide gave us a fascinating history lesson about Chicago and its skyline. Did you know that the name Chicago is derived from the Native American word for skunk cabbage? As our tour wound around the river, James pointed out the various styles of architecture that have changed this skyline over the years since the first skyscrapers in the 1890’s to its more recent editions such as the Trump Hotel and Tower.
Hollywood has loved this area for many years. Buildings such as the iconic twin Marina City towers have been featured in the movies Knight Rider and the Steve McQueen movie The Hunter (where the car ends up exiting the building into the river). I remember Julia Roberts taking a boat ride along the river in My Best Friends Wedding. Can you think of any others?
Here are a few of the many photos taken on our Chicago architecture river tour.