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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

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Step aboard a boat for a comprehensive cruise that details the history of Chicago's architecture. Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline accompanied by architecture-focused commentary that points out each of the landmark buildings. As you cruise through Lake Michigan, snap photos of you and your party against the stretch of Chicago's 26-mile shoreline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

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Get a front row perspective on the exquisite buildings that line the Chicago River during a 45-minute architecture cruise. Hear live commentary about the history and architectural heritage of Chicago on this family-friendly tour, which highlights landmarks such as the Chicago Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower. Sit on the open-air top deck or the sheltered bottom deck for the ultimate view of Chicago.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

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Enjoy a quintessential Chicago experience when you go on an architecture-themed river tour. Pick from multiple convenient start times, and board your vessel—the Lady Liberty—directly from the Chicago Riverwalk. Your trained docent guides will give you a rich introduction to the Windy City’s history, key landmarks, and architectural highlights—and you can spy landmarks like the Marina City towers and Navy Pier from the water’s edge.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Walking Tour
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Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Walking Tour

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An excellent choice for first-time visitors, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city and hits on both classic attractions and little-known sites. Beginning at the Chicago Theatre, work your way to the Chicago Pedway, an elaborate network of underground tunnels used by locals and commuters. Stroll the Chicago Riverwalk and the Magnificent Mile, then embark on a food tour to taste some of the city’s famous foods.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD104.00
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Chicago Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Buffet

Chicago Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Enjoy a memorable, one-of-a-kind night out on Lake Michigan aboard this combination dinner, dancing, and sightseeing cruise. Make your own way to Navy Pier, and set off as the evening begins. You can admire views of Chicago’s picture-perfect skyline as the sun starts to set. While on board, take advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, drinks to purchase, a DJ-helmed soundtrack, and even a fireworks display (weather permitting).
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  • 3 hours
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Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers Loop

Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers Loop

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Admire the incredible façades and intricate interiors of the Windy City's 1920s art deco and art moderne buildings during this architecture walking tour of Chicago. Uncover the history of Chicago art deco architectural along with the city's influential role in the development of this iconic artistic style, as you get an up close and personal look at its wealth of gorgeous period buildings. This art deco Chicago walking tour also includes a certified guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship

Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship

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Escape the bustle of the city on a sailboat tour through Lake Michigan with a convenient departure from Navy Pier. The cruise offers plenty of frame–worthy photo opportunities, including sweeping views of the Chicago skyline rarely seen by visitors. As a popular choice for both locals and visitors, your experience is guaranteed to be family–friendly and tailored to your needs. Select from Pirates and Maritime Stories Sail at 1pm, Skyline/Architectural Theme at 3pm and 5pm, and Skyline Sunset Sail at 7pm. This sail is approximately 75 minutes. The ship leaves promptly at the scheduled time, please allow for time to park, off the pier if necessary.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
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Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission

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Discover one of Chicago’s top architectural marvels when you explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s UNESCO-listed Frederick C. Robie House, located right on the University of Chicago’s campus. Considered a masterpiece of Prairie School architecture, the building is famed for its cantilevered roof and rich wood details. Save money when you book tickets to the house in advance; call ahead to reserve a space on one of the museum’s frequent, small-group public tours.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

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Chicago is famous for its architecture, and the best way to see it is on a cruise down the Chicago River. Glide by historic and modern marvels like the Civic Opera House, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower from the comfort of an open-deck boat. Live narration reveals each building’s fascinating history, so you'll learn more than you would just observing on your own.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Dazzling Interiors™ of the Loop

Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Dazzling Interiors™ of the Loop

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See the overlooked highlights of Chicago’s Loop district with a 2-hour walking tour that takes in the best of the bustling, vibrant neighborhood’s inside spaces. Get behind the façades to explore stunningly designed interiors as you follow a specially-designed route with an experienced guide. Learn about the city’s architecture, art and history while visitng a side of Chicago that’s beyond the tourist trail, and experience the Windy City with a local perspective.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

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See the the Second City from the water with a sightseeing cruise along the Chicago River and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Take in towering skyscrapers and spot the gargoyles that live on to of the city’s historic buildings. Hear stories about the city’s history and culture as you pass Chicago landmarks, museums and iconic buildings. Capture unforgettable images of the city skyline from Lake Michigan, and get a unique look at Chicago that’s perfect for all ages.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago City Minibus Tour
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Chicago City Minibus Tour

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Get to know the Windy City the easy and comfortable way on a small-group minibus tour. Instead of long walks and navigating public transit, see major landmarks like Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, the Magnificent Mile, and Millennium Park from an uncrowded minibus with large picture windows. Your driver and guide knows where to find all the best views, and there are plenty of photo stops along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Walking Tour: A Walk Through Time

Chicago Walking Tour: A Walk Through Time

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Travel through architectural history on this walking tour that covers Chicago's most famous buildings in chronological order. With a guide in the lead, there's no need to fuss over maps or worry about directions. Simply stroll along and listen to the in-depth guided commentary on Chicago's architectural history; you'll learn about each building and its importance in the architectural canon.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Treasures of Chicago

Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Treasures of Chicago

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Get an insider's introduction to Chicago's most celebrated buildings during this architecture-focused walking tour of Michigan Avenue and State Street. Revisit the heyday of the skyscraper and visit stunning, Art Deco-era interiors, from the Palmer House Hotel to the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission to the Chicago Architecture Center is included, with an introduction by the docent.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers

Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers

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Explore the Loop's famous architecture during this 2-hour walking tour with an expert guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Discover the beginnings of the Chicago School of Architecture through visits to some of the city's oldest skyscrapers, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This sophisticated, informative tour is a must-do for history and architecture buffs.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago Architecture & Highlights with Local Treat - Small Group Walking Tour

Chicago Architecture & Highlights with Local Treat - Small Group Walking Tour

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Welcome to Chicago! Here in the Windy City, we've got outstanding architecture, inspiring public art, a fabulous downtown district, and so much more. Come along with a local guide to check out some of the Must See spots in downtown Chicago. You certainly can’t miss the soaring architecture that Chicago is famous for (you’ll be surrounded by it!) - and you’ll learn about the history of some of Chicago’s most well-known buildings. In addition to enjoying views of the Chicago River (if the weather is good, you’ll be able to walk along it), plus a delicious local treat! And, of course, your guide will show off some local-favorite hidden gems along the way too! You’ll really get a feel for what makes Chicago one-of-a-kind on this tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Chicago: Discover Art, Food, and Architecture

Best of Chicago: Discover Art, Food, and Architecture

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The Windy City is known for its spectacular architecture and eclectic food scene. Experience both on this tour through the downtown that combines sights with nibbles. Take in famous landmarks like the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Cloud Gate on foot along the Chicago River. Taste popcorn and chocolate from two beloved city eateries during the tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ugly Buildings Tour

Ugly Buildings Tour

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Chicago is the architectural capital of the country and has so many tours profiling these wonderful, beautiful buildings. Hiding around these architectural masterpieces, however, are UGLY BUILDINGS. This “educational roast” teases these buildings and creates a conversation on what makes a building pretty or ugly. These opinions are all subjective, and participants are encouraged to share their perspectives whether or not they agree. IMPORTANT NOTE: There are jokes about Trump Tower along with the person it is named after on this tour. There is also one swear word used, because it is an important part of a story. If you don’t think you would find these kinds of jokes funny, I recommend choosing any other architectural tour. There are so many stories and perspectives on Ugly Buildings I have not previously been able to share on any other tours. I am really excited to have you along for this experience that is unlike any other tour in Chicago!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Educational Tour and Sail Aboard Chicago's Official Flagship Windy 148' Schooner

Educational Tour and Sail Aboard Chicago's Official Flagship Windy 148' Schooner

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Get views of Chicago's famous architecture from the deck of a boat during this sailing excursion. Learn about the people, plans, and persistence that shaped Chicago's architecture along the shoreline. Hear about the city's historical maritime roots to modern science and technology through your guide's commentary while taking advantage of great photo ops. Choose between an afternoon or early evening departure and relax as you enjoy the sights. 
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: The Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop

Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: The Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop

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Explore the hidden side of Chicago on a 2-hour walking tour of The Loop, a bustling neighborhood that’s full of wild history, architectural landmarks and some of the city’s most fascinating characters. Follow your local guide along the sidewalk, and stop to notice the overlooked details and untold stories that even life-long locals sometimes miss. Experience the city one small piece at a time on a route that traces a path between Chicago’s littlest treasures, and get an inside look at life in the Second City.
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Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures
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Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures

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Explore the art glass crafted and designed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company during this 2-hour walking tour in Chicago. Following an expert guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, visit 4 late 19th-century landmarks that contain glass works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries. This sophisticated, informative tour is a must-do for history and architecture fans. The tour includes general admission to the Art Institute of Chicago for the tour plus 1 other day. 
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Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

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Embark on a walking tour of Chicago's more-recent architecture heritage with a 2-hour stroll highlighting the city's modern, postmodern, and international structures. Especially known for its architectural originality, Chi-town boasts everything from the elegant metal and glass tower of One South Dearborn to the Harold Washington Library, with its Beaux-Arts inspired exterior. Your guide will highlight these and other unique buildings, relaying background on their individual histories and construction en route.
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
"Excellent experience! Knowledgeable and fun facts! Great tour guide,boat,etc!! Worth every penny!!!!"..."
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
"Great experience!! John was amazing!!! Learned so much!! The lake portion furthered the experience!!"..."
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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
"Great information! Very engaging tour guide! Really enjoyed the tour! I did the tour before, and it was not as enjoyable as this tour!"..."
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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
"This is a genuinely fantastic tour, and the best way to see the city and learn more about its fantastic architecture. The docent that lead our tour (Siobhan) was passionate, knowledgeable, personable ... and it really showed that she cares about sharing Chicago stories with the people visiting and exploring."..."
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Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Walking Tour
"Riverwalk tour with all the architecture. The Tiffany domed ceiling. Grandeur of the Palmer House. Chicago Athletic Club."..."
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Chicago Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Buffet
"Delightful dinner, still saw fireworks despite the rain. Great music and atmosphere. We would definitely do again and recommend it to couples and families."..."
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Chicago Walking Tour: Art Deco Skyscrapers Loop
"Jonelle was an amazing guide! She gave a great educational tour of the pivotal Chicago Art Deco skyscrapers and I’m so glad we went. Highly recommended!"..."
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Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship
"The crew was great. Very friendly and informative. I don’t think you can tell this when buying tickets through Viator but the 1:00 sailing is pirate themed and the 3:00 talks about the architecture of Chicago."..."
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Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
"Excellent, information tour. It was fascinating to learn both the stories of the architecture and the residents."..."
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
"Boat tour was the best. The guide was excellent…..shared so much interesting information and seemed to love doing so. We learned many new facts."..."
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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
"Amazing tour. Loved every minute of it. The view was great, the tour guide was very informative, and the length of the trip was perfect"..."
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Dazzling Interiors™ of the Loop
"Loved the tour and our guide Hilary! Highly recommend to others. My parents who were visiting really enjoyed as did I (a Chicago local)."..."
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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise
"Very enjoyable and knowledgeable host. Great water tour!! Had a good time seeing the various buildings and getting their history."..."
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Chicago City Minibus Tour
"Driver was knowledgeable and funny. Tour took less than two hours but we definitely saw everything promised."..."
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Chicago Walking Tour: A Walk Through Time
"Excellent tour guide! Informative. Went through Chicago's architectural history in chronological order."..."
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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Treasures of Chicago
"This is a GREAT tour if you are interested in the history and architecture of significant historic buildings in Chicago. Our volunteer tour guide was highly knowledgeable and so interesting. We walked by and in architectural gems of the city and learned so much about the Art Deco era. I would highly recommend this tour!"..."
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Chicago Walking Tour: Historic Skyscrapers
"My wife and I learned a lot! Deborah was very passionate about the living history of the skyscraper. One-of-a-kind tour!"..."
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Chicago Architecture & Highlights with Local Treat - Small Group Walking Tour
"Learned so much about Chicago. Dash speaks loudly, with enthusiasm, knows a lot and makes it fun. He was considerate, gave potty breaks and the time flew by"..."
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Best of Chicago: Discover Art, Food, and Architecture
"The amazing architecture and history of the city was amazing. Our guide, Kevin, did a wonderful job with so much enthusiasm!"..."
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Educational Tour and Sail Aboard Chicago's Official Flagship Windy 148' Schooner
"Had a blast! Not cheesy at all. Lots of great information, friendly crew, and beautiful views of the city!"..."
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: The Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop
"Hillary is the most wonderful and knowledgeable guide we have ever met. Her enthusiasm and willingness to share her love of Chicago is contagious! Thank you, Hillary, you rocked!"..."
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Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures
"The tour was amazing and I was blown away by some of the beautiful places covered on our tour. Our guide was quite knowledgeable and very patient with the elderly couple that was in our group. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves Tiffany designs."..."
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Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture
"The instructor was very knowledge. The Prudential building stood out the most for me. The Museum was very interesting."..."
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