I wandered around the city of Chicago primarily by myself and I have to say, I loved it. Don’t get me wrong I love a travel companion, but I enjoyed exploring a new city on my own time. I spent a morning in Millennium Park, walked around the Navy Pier, visited the Sky Deck in Willis Tower (recap to come), and ended my visit on the famous Chicago Architectural Boart Tour!
I know I know- What is so exciting about a boat tour? I thought the same thing. When researching things to do in Chicago, going on an Architectural boat tour continuously popped up at the ‘top things to do’ lists.
Still not convinced, I put the boat tour on the back burner while attending the 5th Annual #TBSCon. I had seen a ton of other conference women attending and immediately regretted putting off the idea. When the conference ended a bit earlier than expected and I had 3 hours to spare before needing to hear to the airport, I decided I was going to go for it and headed to the Riverwalk area to hope on a tour.
There are a few cruises to choose from. I went with Wendella Boat Tours and their 75 minute classic Architectural Tour (other tours available). I hopped on board, got a great seat on the boats edge and off we went.
There were bathrooms and a full bar on board along with plenty of seating for everyone. Our guide was so fun and knowledgable and spoke over a loud speaker so it was easy to hear everything.
The crowd listened to tales about the history of Chicago; from the great fire of 1871 to the real reason why Chi-town is called ‘The Windy City” (hint it is not because it is windy!) We also learned about the different architectural styles of the buildings and their costs. I know that sounds boring but believe me it was more entertaining than you think. Overall it made me appreciate all the different types of buildings and look at them in a new light- as a form of art!
I hope you enjoy some photos from my time spend on the Chicago Architectural Boat Tour Below!