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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

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.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

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.

Chicago Architecture Boat TourThe curved glass in the above building was actually made to match the water in the river below.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

Many of the buildings we saw were companies that I’ve actually done business with, like Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

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.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

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.

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

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.

 

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  • August 17, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    Jordan @ Harleys & Heels - Such great photos of Chicago from the water. The one and only time I have been to Chicago was when I was 12. Don’t remember a whole lot. Luckily for me I am heading back to attend a conference end of October. I booked a flight that takes me in the day before the conference starts so i can get some quality time with the city. Can’t WAIT! Any recommendations? I’ll have a good 8 hours to kill before the conference consumes me.ReplyCancel

    • August 18, 2014 - 11:09 am

      ajepsen@live.com - This was my first time there and it was a great experience. That sounds fun! With 8 hours you would have time to do a tour to really see the city the boat tour or the trolley would be perfect, there’s so much to see :) Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2014 - 11:50 pm

    Lisa Trudell - Wow, most of those pics were with your phone? Those are gorgeous pics. This was one of the highlights of our last trip to Chicago. We took this tour during the day. We might have take it at night next time. Gorgeous! I absolutely in love with the architecture and the river/lake. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • August 21, 2014 - 5:23 pm

      ajepsen@live.com - Thank you Lisa! I love my iPhone, it does a great job for on the go photos :) I bet the day time views were awesome too! I wish we had stuff like this closer to home.ReplyCancel

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