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“The "Better" Architectural tour!”

Chicago from the Lake Ltd
Ranked #70 of 203 Tours in Chicago
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

So many visitors (and even locals) tend to think there is only one architectural tour leaving from the river at Michigan Ave...where all the tour boats are. But at the Ogden Slip at 455 East Illinois (The old North Pier), Chicago From The Lake provides the very best tours and the best service. Their docents are some of the most interesting and knowledgable architecture professionals and afficianados...and they also have a great wealth of knowledge about Chicago history. While the other tours may be "affiliated with the Chicago Architecture Foundation" (which they pay for) Chicago From the Lake is, without a doubt, the better choice. Don't go with the flow...take the offbeat option. I guarantee you won't be let down.

Thank Madachoo
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

There are many cruises on the Chicago River that focus on architecture. Our hotel concierge recommended Chicago From the Lake and he was not wrong. Very complete, with proper mix of architectural themes and details. Guide knew it all.

Thank T R
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Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

I took this 90 minute River cruise today. It was a lovely sunny day and being on the water was a treat. I did find 90 minutes to be a bit long, particularly when the discussion was not interactive. The tour guide was clearly knowledgeable however, and free tea and coffee, lemonade, water and cookies were offered.

I will say that it was tricky to find with little signage and I was frustrated to be waiting across from the storefront for the boat when it had docked further up the slip. I stood there for a full 15 minutes before going in to inquire and learning I had been told to wait in the wrong place. There are many other river cruises offered right next to the bridge on N. Michigan Ave.

Thank NFGal
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

There are plenty of boat tours in Chicago but this one is by far the best. Great docents, great boats, great service. Let's face it, just seeing this beautiful city from the water is a joy but to have a docent really explain the origins and evolution of architecture in Chicago really brings the city to life. Known for some of the most profound architectural gems in the world, Chicago became a leader in urban architecture following the great fire. And it still thrives today. And the view of the city out from Lake Michigan is unparalleled. This tour leaves from the ole Ogden Slips on Grand Ave, just before you get to Navy Pier. Make it a must see destination whether you live in the area or visiting.

Thank Madachoo
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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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