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Marina City Tours

Marina City
The dueling main columns of Marina City overlook the Chicago River. Its scalloped “corn-on-the-cob” exterior, formed by undulating half-moon balconies, has made it instantly recognizable and a popular setting in movies such as Batman Begins, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Blues Brothers. While the historic buildings are largely residential—some 1,400 people call Marina City home today—visitors are welcome to the complex. You can head up to roof decks for 360 degree views of the city skyline, rent boats in the attached marina to explore the Chicago river, dine in restaurants like Smith and Wollensky’s Grill, catch a concert in the House of Blues, and even use the structures’ ice skating rink, swimming pool, and bowling alley.

Marina City’s 588-foot towers, designed by great Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg, were the tallest residential structures and the tallest concrete buildings in the world when they were constructed in the early 1960s. Forty-stories of pie-shaped apartments, designed to emphasize city views, sit atop twenty stories of parking. Designed as a “city within a city,” with shopping, dining, office buildings, recreational spaces, and entertainment for its residents, the then-novel concept was part of a movement encouraging Chicagoans to return to downtown from the suburbs.

Practical Info

Marina City is located on the Chicago River at 300 N. State Street across from the famous “Loop” central business district. Parking in the area can be challenging, so it’s best to use public transit. The closest stops are Grand on the red line (three blocks north) and the Merchandise Mart on the brown and purple lines (three blocks west).
Address: 300 N. State Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.33
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US$40.33
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Chicago Crime and Mob Tour

Chicago Crime and Mob Tour

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Explore Chicago's gangster past on this mafia tour in a coach vehicle. Drive around the Windy City to see where Al Capone, The Untouchables, Hymie Weiss, and John Dillinger, among other thugs hung out. A history-savvy guide introduces you to some of the most storied locations of Chicago’s criminal past, including Holy Name Cathedral, Biography Theatre, and the site of the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. You'll be able to get out and pose for pictures in front of a historic courthouse, among other infamous sites.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$45.00
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US$45.00
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Chicago Night Crimes Tour

Chicago Night Crimes Tour

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Discover the ‘dark side’ of the Windy City thanks to this 2.5-hour, bus-based, nighttime crime history tour of Chicago. Explore the lives of notorious mobsters like Al Capone, Frank Nitti, Bugs Moran, and more as you explore infamous crime scenes like the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, learn about ‘The Enforcer’s Safe,’ and stop by local watering holes.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$50.00
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US$50.00
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Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

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Embark on a walking tour of Chicago's more-recent architecture heritage with a 2-hour stroll highlighting the city's modern, postmodern, and international structures. Especially known for its architectural originality, Chi-town boasts everything from the elegant metal and glass tower of One South Dearborn to the Harold Washington Library, with its Beaux-Arts inspired exterior. Your guide will highlight these and other unique buildings, relaying background on their individual histories and construction en route.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$26.00
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US$26.00
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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

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The Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady has long been the gold standard among all Chicago tour experiences, and is the only Chicago architecture boat tour led by highly trained expert docents. On this 90-minute cruise, you will enjoy an overview of historic and modern architectural styles including stories about the people who designed and built Chicago. No visit to Chicago is complete without experiencing this award winning tour, so accept no substitutes.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$53.25
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US$53.25
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Chicago Hauntings Original Ghost Walk through Old Chicago

Chicago Hauntings Original Ghost Walk through Old Chicago

We wrote the book(s) on Chicago ghosts! Now in our 18th year! Ursula Bielski, our founder, has published more than a dozen volumes on Chicago's haunted history over more than two decades. Chicago Hauntings is the original Chicago ghost tour and still the best. Our tours are based on all original research, unlike the many other knock-off tours you'll find today. Beware of the imitations. Imagine walking in the steps of Chicago's most notorious criminals at the city's original courthouse, putting your fingers into actual bullet holes from Chicago's gangland days, feeling the haunting presences near the site of the old Cook County gallows, and gazing upon the waters where 844 souls lost their lives in the horrific Eastland disaster of 1915. Come along and experience all this and more. We are also the only interactive tour experience where YOU are the paranormal investigator, using simple tools to look for spirits while you hear tales of Chicago's most haunted locations.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$23.00
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US$23.00

Your Way or the Highway: Customized Private Walking Tour (EN - FR - NL)

Your Way or the Highway: Customized Private Walking Tour (EN - FR - NL)

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Enjoy a private 4-hour walking tour with Belgian-American tour guide Leentje. She will introduce you to the city she calls home since 2014. Every tour is different and custom-made. Tours are available in English, French or Dutch. Focus can be on public or street art, architecture, food and much more!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$320.00
per group
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US$320.00
per group
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Chicago Ghost Hunt: Ghosts of the Chicago River

Chicago Ghost Hunt: Ghosts of the Chicago River

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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US$12.31
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US$12.31

Chicago River Walk Tours

Chicago River Walk Tours

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Discover the architectural gems and historical buildings of Chicago’s River Walk during a 1.5-hour walking tour with a guide. See downtown landmarks including the Tribune Building, Lyric Opera House, InterContinental Hotel, and Magnificent Mile as you walk at an easy pace along the Chicago River’s pedestrian walkway. Learn about Chicago’s history and culture from your guide, and get great photo ops throughout the tour. Return to your starting point via water taxi for another perspective to the Windy City.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$20.00
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