Chicago Land and River Architecture Tour: Historic South Side

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Stop At: The Loop, 701 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605-2108

This land tour will take you past all the sights of Chicago’s Historic South Side. You will head south out of the Loop down Michigan Avenue.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603-6110

Pass Art Institute of Chicago, the starting point of historic Route 66.

Pass By: Grant Park, 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Pass Grant Park and the site of Chess Records.

Pass By: Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, 5757 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637-1698

Your journey will continue along Lake Michigan on South Lake Shore Drive. Travelling on you will see President Obama’s home and Robie House.

Stop At: Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2490

Stop for 20 minutes at Museum Campus for a great photo opportunity.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637-2093

Pass by the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere!

Pass By: Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60605

The return trip will take you through Museum Campus and past Buckingham Fountain.

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

ou 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.

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

Pass By: University of Chicago, 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637-5418

You'll also see University of Chicago and Jackson Park.

Stop At: Museum Campus, Museum Campus, Chicago, Illinois

a 57-acre (23 ha) park in Chicago that sits alongside Lake Michigan in Grant Park and encompasses five of the city's most notable attractions: the Adler Planetarium, America's first planetarium; the Shedd Aquarium; the Field Museum of Natural History; Soldier Field

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605-2489

a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. It is located on the northeast tip of Northerly Island at the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The Adler was the first planetarium in the United States and is part of Chicago's Museum Campus

Pass By: Chicago Chinatown, 318 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616-1916

Offerings there include an extensive roster of shops, cafes, dim sum spots and teahouses.

Pass By: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637-1628

is a Gothic Revival chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. A monumental example of Collegiate Gothic architecture, it was meant by patron John D. Rockefeller to be the "central and dominant feature" of the campus; at 200.7 feet it is by covenant the tallest building on campus and seats 1700.

Activity Details
This tour will take you past all the sights of Chicago’s Historic South Side. You will head south out of the Loop down Michigan Avenue past Art Institute of Chicago, the starting point of historic Route 66, Grant Park and the site of Chess Records. Your journey will continue along Lake Michigan on South Lake Shore Drive. Travelling on you will see President Obama’s home, University of Chicago and Jackson Park and the Museum of Science & Industry. The return trip will take you through Museum Campus and past Buckingham Fountain  You will also enjoy a 90-minute Architecture River Cruise
Departure & Return
Departure Point30 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Narrated tour of Chicago's historic South Side via trolley or coach
  • Chicago Architecture Cruise aboard Chicago Line Cruises
  • Local taxes
  • 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
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
  • 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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