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Land & River Architecture Tour featuring HISTORIC CHICAGO - South Side Tour

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

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

Land & River Architecture Tour featuring HISTORIC Highlights

Highlights include: Art Institute of Chicago Starting point of historic Route 66 Grant Park(Chicago’s Front Lawn) Chess Records site Lake Michigan along South Lake Shore Drive President Barack Obama’s Home Robie House(U.S. National Historic Landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) University of Chicago Jackson Park – Location of Chicago’s World Fair of 1893 Museum of Science & Industry Museum Campus – Solider Field, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium & Field Museum Buckingham Fountain Neighborhoods include: Chinatown,Kenwood,Hyde Park & Woodlawn 90-minute Architecture River Cruise

Land & River Architecture Tour featuring HISTORIC Inclusions

  • HISTORIC CHICAGO - South Side Tour (2 hours)
  • Chicago Architecture Cruise aboard Chicago Line Cruises (1.5 hours)

Tour Exclusions

  • Food and beverage
  • Optional gratuities
  • Transportation to/from Chicago Line Cruises

Please Note

You must email Chicago Line Cruises to request your cruise time at info@chicagoline.com. Be sure to provide your name as it is on your confirmation, number of passengers and Gray Line confirmation number. A member of Chicago Line Cruises will reply to your email with confirmation of date and time. Boat Cruise Schedule: April 30 - May 24: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm May 25 - September 2: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm(Monday -Thursday only), 4pm, 5pm September 3 - September 30: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm October 1 - November 25: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

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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 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, Robie House, 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 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.

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