Chicago is known across the globe for its architecture so when visiting the Windy City, there’s no doubt that seeing some of the most iconic spots will be on your to-do list.
Whether you’re a Chicago newbie or know the city as well as a local does, why not hop aboard a boat cruise and take in the sights of the city while winding down the river? It’s the ideal way to learn stories behind both the fascinating architecture and the city itself and is obviously perfect for the ‘gram too.
Sound good? Well, here is everything that you need to know about Tours & Boats’ Architecture Boat Tour, including the sights you’ll see, what it will cost and why this tour is so unique…
What Do Tours & Boats Offer?
Tours & Boats specialise in providing unique architecture tours along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. With some of Chicago’s best tour guides, you can experience the city’s history and landmarks that line it, afloat. The boat charters take place on Summer of George, a 100-foot vessel that is docked at the River City Marina. The boat has an enclosed main deck, a full-service bar and a dance floor (yes, you read that right!).
For the Architecture Boat Tour, you can expect to see some of the best sights of the city during your 90 minutes on board.
What Will I See On The Architecture Boat Tour?
Architecture boat tours are one of the best ways to delve into Chicago’s history. Cruising down the river in style, you will see the different art styles on the buildings that line the shore. As you go past towering skyscrapers such as the John Hancock Center and the Willis Tower as well as snap shots of art deco masterpieces like the Field Building, expert guides will explain how the city was rebuilt after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire.
Beginning at the Summer of George docks, the boat travels the main branch up to the river locks via the north branch to Goose Island and then down the south branch to Chinatown. The Windy City truly has a skyline like nowhere else in the world so you’ll be sure to get the perfect shot for the ‘gram during your boat trip.
Where In Chicago Do Tours & Boats Depart From?
The dock is located at 900 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607. The boat tour starts and finishes at this location. Adult tickets are priced at $49.00, with discounts frequently available through the website. Concessions get discounts, too.
How Do I Get There From Freehand Chicago?
Luckily, the boat tours aren’t too far away from Freehand Chicago. You can be there after a relatively short walk or take public transport.
There are a few options to get you there which include:
- Walk (approx 40 mins): Head west on E Ohio St and turn left onto N State St. Turn right onto W Harrison St, left onto S Wells St, and then right again
- Taxi (approx 10 minutes)
- Bus (18 – 29 minutes): Catch the Red Line from Grand, or the 22 from Clark & Grand for the quickest route