Chicago architecture

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    Mini Bus and Boat Tour

    See it All Sightseeing
    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!
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    Modern Architecture Walking Tour

    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?
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    Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

    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!
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    Tiffany Art Glass Landmarks Walking Tour

    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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    Water Tower Place Tour

    Water Tower Place
    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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    Art and Architecture Segway Tour

    Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours
    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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    Friendly Neighborhoods Bike Tour

    Bike and Roll Chicago
    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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    River Walk Sightseeing Tour (Summer)

    Chicago's Finest Tours
    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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    Lunch Cruise

    Entertainment Cruises
    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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    1893 World's Fair Tour with Bars

    Chicago Detours
    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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