Land and River Architecture Tour of Chicago's Scenic North Side

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Pass By: The Magnificent Mile, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

This land tour will take you past all the sights of Chicago’s Scenic North Side. Heading north out of the Loop past Millennium Park and up the Magnificent Mile where you will see the Fort Dearborn historical site, Chicago River, Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station.

Pass By: Lake Michigan, Beaches for swimming, IL

Your journey continues along Lake Michigan on North Lake Shore Drive to Wrigley Field.

Pass By: Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N Stockton Dr At Stockton Dr., Chicago, IL 60614-3419

The return trip will take you past Lincoln Park Conservatory and Zoo.

Pass By: The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601-3623

Your return also takes you down State Street viewing Chicago’s El Train and Chicago Theater.

Stop At: Chicago Line Cruises, 465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

You will also enjoy a 90-minute Architecture River Cruise aboard Chicago Line Cruises.

Throughout the signature cruise one of the award-winning Docents will present more than 50 skyscrapers, bascule bridges, and historic sites.In a world of iconic architecture, only a few images are so instantly recognized they need no subtitle. Think of the Venetian canals, a Shinto temple, the medieval Cathedral at Chartres, or the unmistakable skyline of Chicago. Each year thousands of architecture lovers travel to the City of Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper… and thousands book passage aboard this enthralling river tour, widely considered the best 90-minutes spent in Chicago.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

On your Architectural Tour you will learn how the Great Chicago Fire jumped a river and allowed for visionaries of structural steel and plate glass, such as John Wellborn Root, William Le Baron Jenney, Louis Sullivan (Wright’s mentor) and Daniel Burnham, in less than ten years, lift Chicago from the ashes of the fire to new heights. Chicago’s ascent continued into the 20th century with titanic figures such as Bertrand Goldberg, Fazlur Khan and Mies van der Rohe – (higher/taller) buildings, sleeker – and it has soared in the 21st century with audacious new steeples such as The Trump Tower and Aqua designed by Jeanne Gang, an internationally known artist of architectural design. A jaw-dropping excursion through a city that defied all expectations … even the laws of gravity.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614-4757

Lincoln Park Zoo is a 35-acre zoo in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. The zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in North America. It is also one of a few free admission zoos in the United States.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Macy's on State Street, 111 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602-1659

Macy’s, established in 1858, is the Great American Department Store—an iconic retailing brand over 740 stores operating coast-to-coast and online. Macy's Herald Square offers a first-class selection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Estee Lauder & Levis. In addition to shoes and clothing, Macy's has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture in select stores.

Pass By: Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60613-4566

Home of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs!

Pass By: Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-6530

The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art. As of 2009, Millennium Park trailed only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction and by 2017 it had become the number one tourist attraction in the Midwestern United States. In 2015, the park became the location of the city's annual Christmas tree lighting.

Activity Details
This tour will take you past all the sights of Chicago’s Scenic North Side. You'll head north out of the Loop past Millennium Park and up the Magnificent Mile. Your return trip will take you past Lincoln Park Conservatory and Zoo and down State Street viewing Chicago’s El Train and Chicago Theater.

You will also enjoy a 90-minute Architecture River Cruise. Throughout the signature cruise one of the award-winning Docents will present more than 50 skyscrapers, bascule bridges, and historic sites.
Departure & Return
Departure Point30 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Narrated trolley or coach tour of Chicago's North Side
  • Chicago Architecture Cruise aboard Chicago Line Cruises
  • Entry/Admission - Chicago Line Cruises
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to boat tour
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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  • Great tour! Our bus tour of the north side was enjoyable and educational. The short break at the Lincoln Park Zoo was a bonus. Our driver was very friendly-didn’t catch his name😔it was a perfect summer day and a great time to be on the boat for the architectural tour. Our lady narrator really knew her stuff. Would highly recommend both tours.

    My one negative comment: we were never informed that the Gray Line
    Office was no longer located at the Palmer Hilton on Monroe St. Thank goodness the new location was close by and as I always allow for extra time, we were ok. But... notification of the location change would have been helpful and courteous.

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