Tours and Excursions

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
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Seeing Chicago's architectural beauty from the decks of a river cruiser is a must. One of the city's most unique tours, the river cruise, hosted by the Chicago Architectural Foundation, takes you along the north and south shores of the lake....  Read More

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co.
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What better way to learn about a city than on a tour? Chicago Trolley Company offers an informative, entertaining method of experiencing Windy City history. Twelve stops are included, and sites feature everything from the origins of the Great...  Read More

Chicago Neighborhood Tours

What's it like to live in Chicago? Go on a Chicago Neighborhood Tour and find out. Area residents lead four-hour excursions into some of the city's most intriguing neighborhoods. You'll get a firsthand look at the museums, cultural centers, and...  Read More

The architectural genius of Frank Lloyd Wright is showcased on this variety of tours. Eager visitors learn about Wright's background and his design philosophies while touring the interior of his home and studio. Other options promote an...  Read More

American Sightseeing Chicago

If touring Chicago by luxury motor coach sounds like a lovely way to spend the day, this is the ideal outlet for you. Knowledgeable guides take guests on one of four comprehensive tours: North Side, South Shore, the Grand Tour (a combination of...  Read More

Built in 1931, the Merchandise Mart is the world's largest commercial building with four million square feet of showrooms (six million including the Chicago Apparel Center). Its Art Deco styling, endless supply of marble, gold chandeliers, and...  Read More

Chicago from the Lake offers a variety of tours along the majestic Chicago coastline, including immensely popular historical cruises and architectural cruises, which explore the Windy City's interior via the Chicago River. Make sure you bring...  Read More

Founded in 1851, Northwestern University is a private institution serving primarily Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota. The university offers undergraduate and post-graduate programs and has two campuses,...  Read More

Founded by oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago features 211 acres and 243 buildings on campus. The land for the school was donated by Marshall Field, founder of the department stores of the same name. Currently the school...  Read More

This organization puts a spotlight on the architectural evolution that has made the Chicago skyline famous. Come learn about different architectural styles and view a scale model of downtown Chicago. Permanent and rotating exhibits feature...  Read More