Chicago: An Architectural Riverboat Tour.

During the Windy City Tweetup we went on the 75-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour by Wendella Boat Tours. We got a great deal through a Groupon which included a free beverage. Thanks Francesca of The Working Mom’s Travels for the great idea.

Chicago River - River boat tour - Wendella Boat Tours

It was a cloudy day with off-and-on rain as we hung out along Michigan Avenue waiting to hit up the Chicago River.

Chicago River - River boat tour - Wendella Boat Tours

As soon as you got on the boat, the great views were right in front of you. Some of my first shots of the skyline and historic buildings. The building prominent in the first photo is the Crain Communications Building, also known as the London Guarantee or Stone Container Building. I love the curvature of the 1920’s built structure.

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline - building architecture

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline - building architecture

The Windy City Tweetup gang chilling on the lower deck. Some are looking at photographs taken. Others are mingling. Great times.

Chicago River - River boat tour - Windy City gang chilling

We took advantage of Chicago’s own Goose Island Honkers Ale being available on-board. Out on the open water!

Chicago River - River boat tour - Windy City gang chilling

As the boat proceeded down the river, the tour guide described the buildings we passed with some historical and architectural background information. This is the Civic Opera Building. It has an art deco interior and was built-in 1929. It’s the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. It’s amazing how Chicago has been built up since the Great Chicago Fire in the later 1800’s.

Chicago River - River boat tour - historic buildings - architecture

We passed under bridge after bridge. The Clark Street Bridge in one form or another has gone over the river since 1853.

Chicago River - River boat tour - bridges

I’ve taken a liking to capturing the American flag. One resided on the back of the riverboat.

Chicago River - River boat tour - American flag

Chicago River - River boat tour - American flag

Some more skyline photos out on the open water. The vantage points to get Chicago skyline shots seems to be endless. πŸ™‚

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline

Passed by and saw lots of other tour riverboats.

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline

Great times on the Chicago River. The rain was actually a nice touch during the tour and the rest of the day in the city. Checkout Wendella Boat Tours for more information on the architecture and other tours they provide.

Have you ever been on a riverboat tour in Chicago? What riverboat tours in other cities would you recommend?

8 responses to “Chicago: An Architectural Riverboat Tour.

  1. This was only my second architecture tour – the first time happened before I moved to Chicago and was visiting. So… thanks to the Windy City tweetup, I got to do it again! πŸ™‚ I’d also recommend the tour operated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

    In Paris, there are tours on the Seine River – you can go around sunset and see the lights start to come on on the Eiffel Tower and the tours are bilingual French/English. Definitely recommended.

  2. Amazinggg

  3. Traveling Ted

    It is interesting to see all the different posts by our group on the same subject. Very fun to see our different perspectives on the same trip.

    I especially like the differences and similarities in pictures. We all seem to have the same picture of the boat turning around. You have two pictures though that are unique and very nice. I like the second picture of the boat docking with the river in the background. I also like the hand out the window (I am fairly certain it is mine) holding the beer.

    • Yep, pretty sure its you enjoying a great beer out on the open water. Can’t beat that! It’s great seeing everyone’s perspective on a great weekend in Chicago.

  4. Another great post from our trip, just as Ted said.

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