Tour Chicago: River & Architecture Boat Tours

I’ve taken a few of the many many boat trips available in Chicago, and this past weekend we went on another one (thanks to a Groupon deal). Hands down, the river and architecture tours are the best (versus lakefront/harbor tours). Better still, find one that does both. This time, we took a Sea Dog cruise.
Image via SeaDog Cruises
I thought, since I picked the river/architecture tour, that that was all we’d get, despite the fact that Sea Dog’s fleet consists entirely of giant speed boats. Nope – as it turns out, everyone gets at least a 10-15 minute speed boat ride along the lake front too.
After that, we sailed up the river from Navy Pier to the Willis Tower and got a rundown of some of the more notable buildings along the way…
{Lake Point Tower – a condo building that escaped the city ban on
buildings east of Lake Shore Drive, apparently because
it was built on columns above an existing parking lot.}
{Trump Tower – a recent addition to the Chicago skyline and
the second tallest building in the US}
{The Willis Tower – the tallest building in the US, and home to the Mister’s office}
{Some of the 38 bridges crossing the Chicago River}

We also passed the Wendella cruise dock, right next to the Wrigley Building off Michigan Avenue. I took another river and lake front tour with them a couple of years ago when my Dad was visiting. It’s a more relaxed tour and considerably more informative than the Sea Dog trip, and more convenient if you’re strolling the Mag Mile or checking out Millennium Park – I’d recommend that one too.

Sea Dog cruises start at about $33 for the River and Lake Architecture Tour.
Wendella cruises start at about $25 for the Combined River and Lake Front Tour.