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A distinctive feature of the Chicago skyline since the 1960s, the twin concrete columns of Marina City were once the tallest residential buildings in the world. Their scalloped “corn cob” exterior made them instantly recognizable and a popular setting in movies like Batman Begins, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Blues Brothers.

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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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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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

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Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.
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  • 1 hour 30 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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Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour
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Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour

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Explore Chicago's gangster past on this mafia tour in a coach vehicle. Drive around the Windy City to see where Al Capone, The Untouchables, Hymie Weiss, and John Dillinger, among other thugs hung out. A history-savvy guide introduces you to some of the most storied locations of Chicago’s criminal past, including Holy Name Cathedral, Biography Theatre, and the site of the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. You'll be able to get out and pose for pictures in front of a historic courthouse, among other infamous sites.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
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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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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
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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 Night Crimes Bus Tour
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Chicago Night Crimes Bus Tour

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Discover the ‘dark side’ of the Windy City thanks to this 2.5-hour, bus-based, nighttime crime history tour of Chicago. Explore the lives of notorious mobsters like Al Capone, Frank Nitti, Bugs Moran, and more as you explore infamous crime scenes like the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, learn about ‘The Enforcer’s Safe,’ and stop by local watering holes.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk
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45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk

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Enjoy unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline—and glimpse many of the city’s top landmarks—on this architectural boat tour. Pick from multiple convenient departure times, and hop aboard the open-air vessel right off the Chicago Riverwalk. As you trawl the Chicago River, spy skyscrapers and historical marvels from the Willis Tower to the Wrigley Building, and learn all about the Windy City’s world-famous architecture from your guide’s narration.
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  • 45 minutes
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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
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago Walking Tour: Connecting Past and Present

Chicago Walking Tour: Connecting Past and Present

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This lively overview of Chicago architecture explores iconic buildings from the 1890s to present. We'll compare and contrast a wide range of buildings with varying architectural styles and see how older structures connect to new skyline additions. On this tour, we'll make seven stops in downtown Chicago where we can compare the histories and styles of buildings located within sight of each other. The tour features 19th-Century Commercial, Beaux-Arts, Mid-Century Modern and Postmodern buildings, as well as the latest in architecture from Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano and Adrian Smith. At each stop, we’ll look at the connections between the past and present and discover what inspires design today. The tour culminates with a visit to Millennium Park, where world-class art and architecture combine, creating a unique urban fabric.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Your Way or the Highway: 2-hour Customized Private Walking Tour in Chicago

Your Way or the Highway: 2-hour Customized Private Walking Tour in Chicago

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Explore Chicago your way and on your own schedule on a private walking tour that's completely customized based on your interests. Whether you want to learn Windy City history or focus on architecture, street art, or Chicago's food scene, your local guide knows all the best places to see, shop, and dine. Plus, get plenty of personalized recommendations on where to go once the tour ends.
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  • 2 hours
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Ugly Buildings Tour
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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
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Chicago Ghost Hunt: Ghosts of the Chicago River

Chicago Ghost Hunt: Ghosts of the Chicago River

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Welcome to Chicago: In-App Walking Audio Tour
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Welcome to Chicago: In-App Walking Audio Tour

The mobile app helps you explore Chicago with a private audio tour (included). The audio tour has clean navigation, filled with exciting stories from professional guides. The tour with an in-app audio guide is for the one who wants to see the twin towers of Marina City – once the biggest complex ever built in concrete, listen about the most vivid parts of Chicago's history, see how modern architecture in Chicago was evolving. The audio guide on the mobile app is the best way to enjoy the tour at your own pace and be independent of a group tour. The mobile app is available on App Store and Google Play and works offline. Enjoy your party only!
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  • 2 hours
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The Loop, River North and Chicago’s Theater District: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

The Loop, River North and Chicago’s Theater District: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Are you looking for a way to see Chicago without joining a tour group? Explore at your own pace with this affordable walking tour. • Take in Chicago’s concrete giants and hear fascinating stories about quirky artworks, local tragedy, and the city’s journey to revitalisation • Hear from producer Phil Biedron, an actor and tour guide whose passion for storytelling lead him to create this VoiceMap tour • Do it all in two hours or linger at stops along the way with complete control over when you start and finish • Get unlimited use before your booking date and after it • Use the virtual tour option at home Once you’ve booked, you’ll receive a ticket with instructions and a unique code listed under “Before You Go”. Then simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your code. The app displays directions to the starting point, and when you’re in the right place, just pop in your headphones and tap start. VoiceMap has automatic GPS playback, with turn-by-turn directions. It also works offline.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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