When the weather can’t seem to make up its mind that means we’re in the midst of spring in Chicago, which means it’s finally time to enjoy a ride on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady.
For 50 years the Chicago Architecture Foundation has been highlighting one of Chicago’s best features, and a trip on the Chicago River is probably the best welcome Chicago can give a visitor. You’ll be entranced before the tour even starts once you take your seat on Chicago’s First Lady and see the view of the Wrigley Building, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Marina City, and others. Once the tour starts one of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s docents will give you some history and architecture notes as you’re immersed in a view of all of Chicago’s quintessential skyscrapers.
If the temperamental weather gets in your way of taking the cruise don’t worry because the Chicago Architecture Foundation has many other ways for you to see some beautiful architecture. See opulent interiors and exteriors of Art Deco buildings in the Art Deco Skyscrapers: Downtown tour. You’ll not only get to see what Chicago looked like during the 1893 World’s Fair but you’ll also get a taste on the Food and Architecture: 1893 tour. Experience the restoration and part transformation of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in that tour. In addition, quench your thirst on Pub Tour: Andersonville, and discover one of Chicago’s character-filled neighborhoods. These just a handful of the many tours the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers that have some sort of interior component.
Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady runs until Nov. 20 on the Chicago Riverwalk at 112 E. Wacker Dr. Daytime tours are $44 and twilight tours are $46. For information on the other tours visit architecture.org.