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Chicago from the Lake Ltd
Ranked #67 of 171 Tours in Chicago
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San Martin, California, United States
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

We had a few hours to kill before our flight left, so we signed up for the Architectural Tour of the
city. It was so beautiful, relaxing and informative, we were enthralled!! Even our 22 year old "bored" son couldn't take enough photos!The guide was VERY well informed about he history of the beautiful buildings and answered all our questions. The cruise meandered through the city on the Chicago river and the views were terrific! Staff was very professional and there was no problem getting a refund for one of our group who couldn't make it at the last minute.
Beverages and light snacks were available for our morning cruise. We LOVED it and would do it again!

Visited June 2013
Thank Deborah K
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English first
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144 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Early morning cruise”
Reviewed 21 December 2012

We took the early morning cruise at 8:00 AM and it was terrific. Along with a discount you get coffee, muffins and juice. And, since the week we were there it was over 100 degrees every day (and usually over 95 by 10 AM) the temperatures were almost tolerable. This cruise did the lake AND the river. Get one that does both - there are great views on each leg of the cruise. The tour guide was fantastic, extremely knowledgable and entertaining. Great views of Chicago's most amazing architecture.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Kevin K
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Elmwood Park, New Jersey
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83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Great info, beautiful views”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

Our boat guide was a grad student who gave us all the in's and out's of the current and past Chicago architecture. I lived in Chicago for three years and 90% of what he was telling me was all new information for me. We had a great day to see everything and after every description he was more then happy to answer any questions we had. The tour was an easy boat ride for anyone to take and whether you are a tourist, new to the area, or a long time resident, I highly suggest this group above any other. Just a short walk from Navy Pier you could combine the two for a fun day. Plus you get free coffee, tea and cookies! What not to like.

Visited October 2012
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Orland Park, Illinois
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136 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Good history of Chicago”
Reviewed 23 August 2012

Tickets are $45 pp and reservations suggested. Our tour guide was a retired Univ of Ill Chicago professor. He maintained our attention as we rode down the Chicago river learning about the different Chicago architecture. I thought this would be boring but found it informational and fun. Where else can you enjoy a great sunny day on the river and learn something. If you go make sure Ed is your guide. Just like in school a great teacher makes the class interesting.

Visited August 2012
Thank Bruce L
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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“An entertaining Tour!”
Reviewed 23 June 2011

This was a very well organized. They accomodate you with starbucks coffee and cookies through out. The guide was great. He was funny and very informative, listening to. Overall I do recomend this one over all other tours.

Visited June 2011
1 Thank toronto09062008
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