Years ago, my friend Joe Ziegler told me about the Chicago River Architecture Tours, and I finally did it last Sunday.  You were right, Joe.   As expected, it was absolutely fantastic!

We checked the forecast and decided that Sunday would be the day, and as you can see in the photos, it was perfect weather.

My wife and I and our friends Joan & Dan left the Palmer House Hotel a little before 9am, and walked down Michigan Avenue, past Millennium Park, and down to Wacker Drive.   A few steps down, and we were on the path next to the river, where the boats were lined up.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation cruises run every half hour, and last 90 minutes.   Our guide was great.  She obviously had a great passion for history and architecture, and it was fascinating.  She explained why and how the river came to run backwards.   We saw everything from classic buildings like the Wrigley and Tribune, and new buildings like the Trump Tower and even one being built.

Chicago River Architectural Tour



I hope you enjoy my photos, but they really can’t do it justice.   If you’re planning a trip to Chicago, make time and do this!


The Architecture Foundation is also sponsoring an “Open House Chicago” weekend on October 15th and 16th, where you can tour buildings and locations that you normally can’t get into.

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