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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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 the Aon Center, 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).
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

See the towers, piers and iconic landmarks along the Chicago River on an architectural tour through the heart of the city. Enjoy complimentary refreshments on deck as you cruise down the historic waterway, while listening to fun stories and facts throughout the tour. Spot gargoyles that keep watch high above the city, and buildings that range from Neoclassical to Art Deco. Take in over fifty sites from Lake Point Tower to the Navy Pier, and see the Second City from the water.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago River Boat Architecture Tour

Welcome to Chicago River Boat Architecture Tours! We’re proud to present you with an in-depth, expert architectural-based river boat tour that delves into one of the most remarkable American cities today. Known for unique, daring, and historical architectural pursuits, it’s hard to cover all of the design and building treasures that make up the Windy City today. If you’re ready to learning more about the designs, people, and innovations behind these creations, throw on your captains hat and get ready to cruise along the Chicago River and see what architects from around the world travel to see in Chicago.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48,00
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Chicago Architecture Fireworks Cruise

Take advantage of a rare chance to experience Chicago’s illuminated skyline beneath a fantastic fireworks display. This 90-minute cruise, offered on Wednesday and Saturday evenings all summer, takes you past more than 40 significant works of architecture like the Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Tower, John Hancock Center, and more. Your expert guide shares each building’s story, and the cruise concludes with a stunning view of the fireworks from Navy Pier.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$47,00
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Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus Tour from Chicago

Take a deep dive in to Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style on this 4-hour architecture tour of Oak Park from Chicago. Listen to your guide's commentary during the trip, then take a walking tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District and a tour of the architect's home and studio.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Viator VIP: Architectural River Cruise and Chicago Helicopter Tour

Experience Chicago from the air and the water on this two-part tour that features a river cruise and a helicopter ride above the city. First, take a cruise down the Chicago River to learn about the architectural history of the town. Then, board a state-of-the-art helicopter and fly above the skyline. Both tours are fully narrated and you will see Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower, and more.
  • Duration: 15 to 90 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 15 to 90 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour

Explore downtown Chicago on a pub crawl with an educational twist! Your expert guide shares entertaining facts about the history of jazz, theater, social clubs, and the Prohibition era in the Windy City as you take in historic buildings and architecture. Use iPads to view historic photos and videos that accompany your guide’s stories as you stop in both famous and hidden bars for drinks and appetizers. A short walk allows plenty of time to see Chicago’s famous architecture and pubs on this tour – great for visitors and locals alike!
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$36,00
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Discover Chicago's Historic Neighborhoods

Discover five of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods during this exciting tour. Bus around the districts of Greektown, Little Italy, Pilsen, Chinatown, and Bronzeville and learn about the history, culture, and architecture of each place. This is a great way to get an overview of Chicago and branch out from the downtown district.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35,00
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Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers

Admire the incredible façades and intricate interiors of the Windy City's 1920s art deco and art moderne buildings during this architecture walking tour of Chicago. Uncover the history of Chicago art deco architectural along with the city's influential role in the development of this iconic artistic style, as you get an up close and personal look at its wealth of gorgeous period buildings. This art deco Chicago walking tour also includes a certified guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Walking Tour: A Walk Through Time

Travel through architectural history on this walking tour that covers Chicago's most famous buildings in chronological order. With a guide in the lead, there's no need to fuss over maps or worry about directions. Simply stroll along and listen to the in-depth guided commentary on Chicago's architectural history; you'll learn about each building and its importance in the architectural canon.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Viator VIP: Chicago Helicopter Tour Plus 360 Chicago Observation Deck

Travelers who like to get to know a city by seeing it from above will love this tour. View Chicago’s long coastline from the seat of a helicopter, then take your time spotting each individual landmark from the observation deck at 360 Chicago. There will be opportunities to take lots of impressive photos. Choose between a daytime or nighttime tours, for unforgettable views at any time of day.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architectural Aficionados Bus Tour

Get an overview of Chicago's famous architectural history on this 3.5-hour bus tour. Learn about the city's history through your guide's history, from its founding to the present. Stops include the Loop, Mies van der Rohe's IIT campus, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and the Museum Campus.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Neighborhood Tour of Fulton Market with Food

Spend two hours walking and eating your way through the Fulton food market, Chicago’s new foodie hot spot. Start your tour with a view of the railroad tracks, and get an overview of the area’s history and architecture as you see the former industrial center and its transformation from an edgy underground scene to a culinary destination. Stop to sample locally made deli meat, pickles, beer, and a classic submarine sandwich as you explore.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Treasures of Chicago

Learn about the great architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street, with glimpses inside beautiful buildings from the 1890s-1930s.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Walking Tour: The Magnificent Mile

Discover how a dirt road known as Pine Street transformed into a "Paris on the Prairie" and later into the Magnificent Mile, the city’s premier shopping district. Hear the secrets and stories behind the striking buildings on North Michigan Avenue that have become architectural icons.Developed over the past 100 years, the street includes historically-inspired architecture in Parisian, Gothic, neoclassical and Art Deco styles sprinkled among Modern and 21st Century buildings. You’ll see skyscrapers, vertical malls, hotels, residential towers and some buildings that were designed to embody the brands sold inside.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Chicago: History & Culture Tour with Chocolate and Popcorn

Chicago has it all – amazing architecture, great food, and iconic sights both old and new. This tour takes you to some of the city’s best spots alongside a local guide where you’ll get the inside scoop on what makes Chicago so special. Not only that, we’ll throw in a couple of sweet, local treats to keep you going as we explore on foot and via local transportation.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$49,00
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Chicago Architecture Center Bus Tour to Farnsworth House

We'll travel by deluxe motor coach to Farnsworth House, located in a rural area 62 miles southwest of the city. The program includes a guided tour of the exterior and interior of the house and presentations on the life and work of Mies van der Rohe.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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