This year I went to Chicago for the first time, and everyone recommended that as part of my exploration, I take a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise. While there are many options for river trips, city residents were specific that the CAF’s boats were worthwhile because they allowed visitors to see the sights with the benefit of a thorough historical background.
I’m very glad I did. It was a cloudy but muggy day and the cruise – several hours along the river – addressed not only the buildings that faced the river’s banks, but also the full breadth of history that led up to their construction. My guide went into the details of the great fire in 1871, the personalities that stood out over the years and the evolution of the cityscape from past to present.
For visitors to Chicago, I’d highly recommend it. Boat information can be found here, and some of my photos are below.