Monday, October 13, 2014

Cruising through Chicago

One of the best ways to gain an appreciation of Chicago's past, and its more recent history, is seeing the city from the deck of a Shoreline Sightseeing tour boat on the Chicago River.

And on a bright July afternoon, it's a great way to get some sun while getting an education in architecture -- as the men responsible for designing some of Chicago's most notable buildings have reputations that resonate worldwide. Miles van deer Roge, Helmut Jahn, Adrian Smith, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and others are all represented, and knowledgeable and entertaining guides tell their stories along with those of the city.

You'll pass by some breathtaking structures that have made major contributions to Chicago's status as a financial, retail and cultural hub as well as a desirable place to reside. Aon Center, Trump International Hotel & Tower, Wrigley Building, Marina City, Merchandise Mart, Boeing International Headquarters, River City, Union Station Power Plant, Civic Opera Building, Jewelers Building, Willis Tower, Tribune Tower, Lake Point Tower and Navy Pier are just some of the inspiring buildings you'll see and learn about.

The Chicago River used to be toxic and, while it's still mildly polluted and not suitable for swimming, it's a scenic gateway to the city that provides perspectives that are unattainable from terra firma.

Here are some of the things you can expect to see on a 75-minute tour that's well worth the $35 adult admission charge:

Wrigley Building

Trump International Hotel & Tower
Tribune Tower
Marina City
Merchandise Mart

Lake Point Tower

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