The views of Chicago by water, especially at night are some of the most amazing views of the city and the Chicago Architecture Tours are a great experience.
We started our boat tour at 7:30 as the sun was setting. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about the buildings and it was easy to hear her speaking through the microphone. Throughout the tour you could sit in chairs out on deck or inside and get a drink at the bar or use the restrooms.
The curved glass in the above building was actually made to match the water in the river below.
Many of the buildings we saw were companies that I’ve actually done business with, like Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance.
The Willis Tower, previously known as the Sears Tower. It was interesting to learn more about Sears through this tour, if I remember right they had 3 or 4 large buildings along the river. As many people know Sears originally began as a catalog business and their storage/shipping facilities were huge and located along the river. During the Chicago Trolley South Tour we saw the home of the owner and learned about the original formation of the business.
Our hotel was near the 3rd building on the left which was a pair of very unique cylinder shaped buildings. I was bummed that partway through the tour the battery on my regular camera went dead so most of these are from my iPhone.
Because of the bright white and silver of the Trump Hotel it really does appear to be the crowning jewel of the river when it’s all lit up next to it’s neighbors at night. Recently the Trump Hotel has been in the news because they put their name on the building, disrupting the look of the area, it was neat to see what all of the fuss was about.
The tour does get chilly because it catches the cool air off of Lake Michigan but we were prepared and brought a jacket so we stayed comfortable. We really enjoyed this view of Chicago and highly recommend Chicago Architecture Tours.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Chicago Architecture Tours for the complimentary passes. However, all opinions and views are ours.