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  • Deborah C
    Bicester, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best thing I did in Chicago. Not only was it an absolute pleasure but it really helped me understand and orientate myself to the city and get some great ideas for the rest of my short trip. Highly recommend. PS Josh was our guide and was so informative and entertaining - even for someone who wasn’t hugely interested in architecture!
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • NightFuryV
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pre conference activity with humorous, personable, knowledgeable guide. Would recommend to visitors with like interests.
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • Hayley C
    London, Canada18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do when in Chicago! The guide was fantastic and definitely knew his stuff. The architecture is stunning and so big!
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Kayla B
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful tour for my first time here in Chicago with my family! This is a MUST DO on your stay! Gorgeous scenery on the river and RELAXING!
    Written 24 May 2024
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  • Cammie C
    Lansing, MI9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much fun. It was like a party atmosphere. Very very fun. Took my two adult daughters. Was a special trip For us !!!!!!!!
    Written 14 May 2024
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  • Elizabeth C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mike the map man was fantastic.ive lived in Chicago all my life and never took the tour. He was fantastic o thank you enjoyed this
    Written 11 May 2024
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  • Shivalika J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour. Your guide was very knowledgeable. Great sights. The only annoying thing was getting through lock to get to the lake. It takes a long time
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • Theresa B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have been on many architectural tours from the Chicago River perspective, but this one was far superior. It was particularly interesting to be in the river after it was turned green for St Patrick's Day. We took our exchange student and his friend, and they said this was their favorite thing to do during our trip to Chicago. I highly recommend this excursion to anyone who wants to see Chicago from the river.
    Written 18 March 2024
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  • Mev H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was in town visiting my adult son, who booked this tour for us through Groupon. He had recently done a similar boat tour with a different company and said this one was much better.

    We had a beautiful, partly-cloudy day, and our guide, Hillary, was wonderful. With a background in both academia and improv, she did a fabulous job of pacing her information and engaging her audience. You could tell she actually loves architecture (particularly bridges!), and she gave us more than just a laundry list of "this building designed by this guy in this year and it's this tall."

    The tour starts down on the South fork (South branch?), not on the Riverwalk like many of the others, so allow time to find it. On the plus side: there was plenty of parking, and it gives a little different perspective and you see a few things that other boats don't get to.

    Five stars. Would recommend
    Written 23 May 2024
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  • Ashley v
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing! What a beautiful tour, and the tour guide was amazing, friendly, and so knowledgeable. We had a wonderful time and learned a lot.
    Written 16 May 2024
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  • vincent m
    Liverpool, UK59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fireworks were spectacular despite the inclement weather.
    Full bar facilities available.
    Evening Chicago skyline was brilliant
    Written 6 August 2023
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  • Coastal09162276260
    Arlington Heights, IL1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The food & service were excellent. While the views of the Chicago skyline were impressive, the outside decks were crowded & we weren’t able to get sitting.
    Written 2 October 2023
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  • Simone M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was very peaceful. The boat was smooth and the tour was informative about the architecture. The boat wasn’t crowded.
    Written 1 May 2024
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  • Meander04733761196
    Athens, GA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The evening cruise was the perfect family activity for our weekend trip to Chicago. We set sail on time and enjoyed a smooth ride as we enjoyed sunset views of the city. The crews’ upbeat personalities, Caribbean drinks, and fun music added to a relaxing and fun vibe!! I highly recommend!!
    Written 21 September 2023
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  • EMGPM
    29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to relax and still enjoy views of Chicago. Tour guide Shelby was knowledgeable and entertaining with her corny jokes. Night skyline is very pretty. Happy we ended our day this way.
    Written 12 July 2019
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