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    Mini Bus and Boat Tour

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    On this tour you'll see Chicago's world renowned architecture and learn about the city's colorful history, including gangsters like Al Capone, and John Dillinger. Drink in the beautiful views of a lake that looks more like an ocean, and a river that now runs backwards! Downtown, you'll see Millennium Park, The Loop, Museum Campus, Soldier Field, The Willis (Sears) Tower and more. Then it's up north, to the fashionable Gold Coast (including the original Playboy Mansion), Lincoln Park and Wrigley Field (legendary home of baseball's Chicago Cubs since 1916). Of course, you'll stop a few times along the way, so that you can get out, stretch your legs and take some pictures of Chicago's many fantastic sights. At the conclusion of your Chicago mini-bus tour, you'll visit Navy Pier. From there, you'll enjoy a 75 minute cruise along the scenic Chicago River, while learning a thing or twenty about architecture, Chicago history, and even how to reverse the direction of a river!
    Mini Bus and Boat Tour

    300 East Ohio St, Chicago

    • Enjoy Chicago sights and sounds on a mini-bus tour and a River Cruise
    • See all of the famous downtown sights, as well as some of Chicago's distinct neighborhoods
    • Explore the sights and sounds of Chicago in style, onboard a climate controlled, large-windowed mini bus
    • Relax and enjoy the city's world-renowned architecture, on the Chicago River
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    Modern Architecture Walking Tour

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    Explore Chicago's international, modern and postmodern movements, from the powerful, minimalist work of Mies van der Rohe's to contemporary styles that incorporate new, environmentally-sustainable technology. A great two hour tour for architecture buffs, as well as anyone with a simple interest in the buildings of Chicago. Learn about post-WWII developments and the impact of technological and zoning changes. Admire the stainless steel cladding on the Inland Steel Building, the whimsical post-modern designs of the Harold Washington Library and 190 S. LaSalle, and contemporary buildings like One South Dearborn, Blue Cross-Blue Shield and the Art Institute's Modern Wing. Isn't about time you learned a little more about the city you live in?
    Modern Architecture Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Explore the international, modern, and postmodern architectural movements that hit Chicago
    • Learn about post-WWII developments and the impact of technological and zoning changes
    • Admire the whimsical designs of famous Chicago structures
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    Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

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    Chicago was the place during the roaring '20s with speakeasies galore. On this walking tour, you'll discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s Jazz Deco, and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings. This two-hour adventure covers the period between the two World Wars, an eclectic design style composed of geometry and simplicity with vibrant colors and simple shapes that celebrate the rise of commerce and technology. This is elegant style and cool sophistication. Trace Chicago's history through Jazz Age architecture, and maybe celebrate with an Old Fashioned!
    Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Discover the opulent exteriors and interiors of the Roaring '20s
    • Learn about the history behind the Jazz Deco movement and the classic finishes of Art Moderne buildings
    • Trace Chicago's history through this architecture
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    Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks Walking Tour

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    Ever hear of Tiffany Glass? Hope so. You've probably heard about their bracelets. This tour explores the art glass designed, crafted or installed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries, in four late 19th Century Chicago landmarks: The Art Institute, The Marquette Building, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy's on State Street. Discover mosaics, lighting fixtures, vaults and domes, as well as the buildings in which they are housed, recent restoration efforts, and the history behind this dramatic art form. Become familiar with an even more luxurious side of Tiffany's.
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    Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks Walking Tour

    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Enjoy the art glass designed, crafted, or installed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company
    • Explore The Art Institute, The Marquette Building, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Macy's on State Street
    • Discover mosaics, lighting fixtures, and the history behind this dramatic art form
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    12 positive reviews
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    Water Tower Place Tour

    Want to tour one of Chicago's most curious-looking iconic buildings? You'll start at the lobby and work your way through the seven floors of the building, all while admiring its fascinating interior. The history of Chicago will come to life as you explore the wonderment that manifests from this often revered building. Facts about its location, how and when it was built, and its chronology in the history of U.S. skyscrapers will be shared with you. And, at the completion of the tour, you'll get a free Water Tower Place tote bag! Come see why this building in its castle-resembling glory was, and still is, a national inspiration!
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    Water Tower Place Tour

    835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • See the interior of Chicago's Water Tower Place with a free guided walking tour
    • Learn riveting facts about the tower's history, architecture, and construction
    • Travel through all seven levels of one of the country's earliest skyscrapers
    • Enjoy the surrounding amenities and stores for a thrilling urban shopping experience
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    Art and Architecture Segway Tour

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    Witness great views of Chicago architecture, statues, fountains, world class museums, outdoor art installations, and the parks that grace the lakefront on this fun and informative Chicago Architecture tour. It's like a dream come true, right? On this tour, experience Chicago's most famous sculptures and be captivated by stories of the architects and buildings that made this skyline famous. Passing Millennium Park, Grant Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Buckingham Fountain, your guide will tell engage you with the extensive and exciting history of Chicago's architecture. Your guide will dive into "Chicago School," neoclassical, art deco, modern, and postmodern styles as you pass by famous buildings. You inner architect is already giggling with excitement.
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    Art and Architecture Segway Tour

    300 E Monroe St, Chicago

    • Tour through Chicago's architectural marvels on the comfort of a Segway
    • Glide past Chicago's famous sculptures and beautiful skyline
    • Learn about the "Chicago School,"neoclassical, art deco, modern, and postmodern architecture styles
    • Experience Chicago's architecture in a fun and exciting way while taking in gorgeous views of this beautiful city
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    Friendly Neighborhoods Bike Tour

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    Like any worldly city, Chicago's a city of neighborhoods: North Side, South Side, the Loop, Old Town. It's all here. On this tour, you'll explore some of Chicago's favorite neighborhoods. The Gold Coast offers world-class shopping and dining, and luxurious residences including the Playboy Mansion. Old Town is home to the distinctive Chicago architecture and features narrow streets, cobblestone sidewalks, and charming homes. From there, you'll hit up Lincoln Park, with its tree-lined residences, parks, and nature. No neighborhood tour is complete without lakefront views. See Chicago's many diverse sides in a single bike ride.
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    Friendly Neighborhoods Bike Tour

    316 N Wabash Ave, Chicago

    • Uncover Chicago's diversity through a neighborhood tour of the city
    • Visit the Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, and several other locations
    • See Chicago's sights atop a bike traveling through the bustling cityscape
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    River Walk Sightseeing Tour (Summer)

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    Reflecting the beauty of Chicago's skyscrapers, the River Walk provides a relaxing alternative to traversing the bustling city streets. Lush greenery, cafes, and cozy seats adorn the riverside. On this tour, enjoy entertaining stories as you trot along river Confluence, Arcade Civic, and Market districts. Discover fantastic views of the city's iconic skyline, visiting historic locales like Wrigley, Aqua, and Trump Tower. In a matter of hours, you'll walk Chicago's past, present, and future, while reveling in the stories of the city's most colorful characters. Now, that's something truly unique.
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    River Walk Sightseeing Tour (Summer)

    111 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

    • Relax in the sun or shade along the Chicago River, hearing about the incredible buildings and the people who built them
    • Take in the spectacular views of Chicago's skyline
    • Hear about Chicago's fascinating characters like William Wrigley Jr., Al Capone, and Helmut Jahn
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    1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars

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    Take a walk back in time to explore the 1893 World's Fair! You'll spend three hours delving into the history of the fair alongside a knowledgeable host and visit notable sites tied to the renowned event. Highlights include a hotel built specifically for the fair, the Auditorium Building's magnificently expansive lobby, a ride on an elevator manned by a human operator, and the Chicago Athletic Hotel, which once served as an exclusive men's club. Enjoy anecdotes, fun facts, and engage in in World's Fair history through clue-based games and visual scavenger hunts with a chance to win prizes! You'll also pause for a drink during a visit to the Berghoff Restaurant. At check-in, you will have the option of adding either a water, beer or glass of wine to the package. It's fair to say that this innovative Chicago tour is going to be a world of fun!
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    1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars

    520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Explore the history of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with a knowledgeable guide
    • Hear stories and fun facts while playing clue-based games with a chance to win prizes
    • See historic architecture like a 100+ year old German bar, and add a beer or glass of wine to the package
    • Get to know Chicago's history with an innovate and educational touring experience
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    Lunch Cruise

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    Tired of the same old boring lunch? Treat yourself to a long lunch break and board Chicago's largest luxury yacht. With a drink in hand, and a beautiful view of the Windy City, order a three-course meal from the celebrity-chef inspired menu, but bring your appetite because the food on deck is absolutely delectable, plentiful, and freshly prepared. Throughout the cruise, DJ entertainment will set the mood -- how's jazz for your ears? Upon returning to the pier, you're guaranteed to be relaxed and refreshed. Use your lunch break wisely because it doesn't get much better than this.
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    Lunch Cruise

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Board Chicago's largest luxury yacht for a delectable lunch
    • Enjoy a freshly-prepared, celebrity-chef inspired, three-course meal, and beautiful views of the city skyline
    • Relax to the sounds of Lake Michigan
    • DJ entertainment will be provided to lighten the mood
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    17 positive reviews

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