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“See a bunch of skyscrapers by the river come alive!”

Chicago from the Lake Ltd
Ranked #71 of 203 Tours in Chicago
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

There is no doubt that Chicago has an iconic, even beautiful sky line, but I had no idea about the fascinating history, and just how different each individual building is until we went on this great river tour.
We took the 90 minute option which takes in each section of the T shaped river frontage.
Our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and engaged.
You'll look at skyscrapers in a different way after this and it is also a great way (along with going to one of the observations towers) for helping to orientate you in this great city.

Thank 342SteveO
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

The location is a little hard to find for an out-of-towner. I live in Bluffton S.C. It is located just north of the Centennial Fountain at 465 McClurg Ct. The ship is a nice two decker, we found seats on the lower deck in the front of the boat under a covered canopy but since we were in the first row it did not block the view. The boat has bath rooms and food. Starbucks Coffee, Coca-Cola soft drinks, lemonade, muffins and cookies are all complimentary. Cocktails, beer and wine are available. The tour guide is very knowledgeable about the city’s architecture which is the highlight of the cruise. We had a lovely day and the two hour cruise was over before I knew it. I did take more than 100 pictures of the buildings along the river banks. My niece and her boyfriend took more than 200 pictures. The view buildings from the boat were so much better than from the land. The explanation of the architecture in its historical context by the guide made the trip special..

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Reviewed 29 May 2015

Even if architecture doesn't interest you, this river tour is very good and INTERESTING! The buildings of Chicago's Lake area go through many time periods of architectural styles. Really worth it..AND you get complimentary coffee, hot cocoa, cookies and lemonade if you want.

Thank love2travelHawaii
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Reviewed 2 November 2014

Very well informed tour guide who for nearly 2 hours entertained us with stories and history of the magnificent buildings we sailed past. Free cookies and coffee and good entertainment... best to go either early morning or late afternoon for best photo shots.

Thank CliveNoble
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

If you like to learn a little about Chicago and some of the people who built it - this is the way to go.
Our tour guide was a retired architect and very informative. The cruise included cookies , muffins coffee,water, lemonade or tea. We were on top (which is where you want to be - so pick a good weather day). We both enjoyed it. Our hotel reserved our seats.

Thank Stuart G
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