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  • Chicago: 1.5-Hour Lake and River Architecture Cruise

    1. Chicago: 1.5-Hour Lake and River Architecture Cruise

    Experience the architecture cruise that started it all — a Chicago family tradition since 1935. View Chicago’s historic and ever-changing skyline on Chicago's only architecture tour with views from both directly from the Chicago River, and those only possible from Lake Michigan. During this comprehensive sightseeing tour, all of Chicago's architecture highlights will be viewed, discussed, and experienced. Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. The tour starts at the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) bridge and goes up the main branch of the Chicago River to Wolf Point before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Michigan. On the way, you will learn about ornate, historic early skyscrapers like the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower, the imposing art deco Merchandise Mart, mid-century sky...

    The police were chasing drunken boaters, so the locks were closed to all. We spent a long time in Lake Michigan and still continued the tour of the river after the locks opened again. I think it was more like a 3 hour tour and it was great fun.

  • Chicago: Lake Michigan Buffet Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    2. Chicago: Lake Michigan Buffet Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    See the sights of Chicago from onboard the Spirit of Chicago with a 2-hour (brunch and lunch) or 3-hour (dinner) cruise on Lake Michigan. Enjoy a buffet dining experience as you sail through the Windy City, and delight in panoramic views of the city's famous skyline. Board your vessel at Navy Pier and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet consisting of creative prepared fresh daily, and listen to the onboard DJ's tunes. After your meal, play games like giant Jenga and shuffleboard, or bust out some moves on the dance floor. Don't forget to visit any of the 3 climate-controlled decks to watch the skyscrapers of Chicago's distinctive skyline glide by. SAMPLE BRUNCH BUFFET MENU Early Risers Se...

    We left a bit late, so didn’t get the full time on the cruise. It would be nice if we could view the food that will be offered when we make the reservation. The food could have been better.

  • Chicago: 360 Observation Deck and TILT with Mob Bus Tour

    3. Chicago: 360 Observation Deck and TILT with Mob Bus Tour

    Head to 360 Chicago, one of the city’s most impressive landmarks. Ride up to the 94th floor and soak up panoramic views of the city from the observation deck. See the city’s famous skyline as well as the lakefront and 4 neighboring states.  Next, experience Chicago’s most thrilling attraction, TILT. The first of its kind in the world, TILT lets you see the city from a totally new angle, offering downward facing views from over 1000 feet up. Later, discover the underground world of criminals and gangsters on a 1.5 hour mob-themed bus tour. See the places where infamous mobsters conned their way to riches as you listen to tales of their criminal activities. Learn about Al Capone, the Untouchables, the Chicago Mob, John Dillinger, and more.

    The observation deck was great but the mob bus tour sucked however the tour guy was funny. We only made 2 stops and they weren’t that interesting. A stop in front of a theater, the alley where Dillinger was killed mural , and a stop is see a safe. We didn’t get off the bus to see the safe. I would advise people to skip the mob bus tour

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The observation deck was great but the mob bus tour sucked however the tour guy was funny. We only made 2 stops and they weren’t that interesting. A stop in front of a theater, the alley where Dillinger was killed mural , and a stop is see a safe. We didn’t get off the bus to see the safe. I would advise people to skip the mob bus tour

This tour gave me a new appreciation for the beauty of the buildings in Chicago! I recommend the tour - it was very interesting and worth the cost of the tour.

Not too crowded. Plenty of areas to see everything. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining.

I had the best of Chicago experience. Higy recommended. Best crew and guide.

Amazing experience if you want to know about Chicago's roots