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Chicago: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture River Cruise

1. Chicago: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture River Cruise

Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture from a unique perspective aboard a cruise sailing down the Chicago River, which features an indoor and outdoor deck, along with live commentary tailored to entertain the whole family. Treat yourself to a full-service cash bar at your own expense. Experience the best of the Chicago River from Lakeshore Drive to the Willis Tower, navigating along the South branch of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. Be entertained by the fun and experienced tour guides as they explain the history behind Chicago’s buildings along the river and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing skyline. Enjoy the most relaxing way to sightsee in Chicago, exploring the city free of traffic, noise, and congestion. Make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits. Explore the open-air decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.

Chicago: Fireworks Cruise with Lake or River Viewing Options

2. Chicago: Fireworks Cruise with Lake or River Viewing Options

Take in the amazing fireworks display off Navy Pier on a boat cruise. Briefly explore the architecture on Chicago River’s main branch before either heading out through the Chicago Locks onto Lake Michigan or staying inside the Locks to watch the fireworks. All cruises start by sailing inland up the Chicago River to Wolf Point, with some light narration provided focusing on history and architecture. Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture at twilight from either the indoor climate-controlled cabin or the airy outdoor deck. The cruise then heads back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Lock, and Lake Michigan for the spectacular fireworks show by Navy Pier. While on the boat, make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits. Choose from the following options: River Fireworks Cruise from either Michigan Ave or the Riverwalk This shorter 45 to 60-minute River Fireworks Cruise option watches the fireworks display from the mouth of the Chicago River before returning to the dock. This cruise is perfect for families with children, couples, or groups of friends who are enjoying a night out on the town. Lake Michigan Fireworks Cruise from Michigan Ave This 2 to 2.5-hour Lake Michigan Fireworks Cruise goes through the Chicago Lock System, an American engineering marvel, and out onto Lake Michigan. The vessel will cruise along the shoreline with contemporary music and will ultimately stop on the lake and float alongside the fireworks display.

Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

3. Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

Glide around the streets and parks of Chicago on a leisurely 2.5-hour guided Segway tour. Perfect for Chicago newbies and veterans alike, the tour uncovers quirky facts about one of America’s most energetic destinations. Start your Segway experience at Millennium Park and continue to Grant Park to stop and admire the famous Buckingham Fountain. Ride to Museum Campus to soak up spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and beautiful lakefront. The tour includes a training session to become familiar with the unique self-balancing Segways, before exploring the Windy City in a fun and futuristic fashion. Smart, entertaining tour guides work hard to provide you with the experience of a lifetime, and reward you with expansive views of the sea-like Lake Michigan.

Chicago: 2.5-Hour Taste of Chinatown Food Walking Tour

4. Chicago: 2.5-Hour Taste of Chinatown Food Walking Tour

Explore the complex layers of Chinese culture and the many contributions these people have made to both Chicago and the world. And what better way to show off Chinese culture then through food? Your guide will take the confusion and language barrier away as you sample your way through a variety of Chinatown's best restaurants and well-kept secret recipes. Start your tour at Phoenix Restaurant and begin with some yummy dim sum dumplings and a traditional Chinese tea tasting. Next, it will be time for a sweet treat - buttery custard tarts from Chinatown's oldest bakery. Then, try a unique and delicious spicy meat sandwich from the Xi'an region. Afterward, stroll through the charming Chinatown Square with its ethnic grocery stores and souvenir shops. Finally, taste a sampling of succulent dry chili chicken, followed by the famous spicy Szechuan hot pot. You'll have traveled all over China but only walked a few blocks on this delicious tour of one of Chicago's most fascinating neighborhoods.

Chicago Underground Donut Tour

5. Chicago Underground Donut Tour

Take a donut tour of the windy city, and discover the best Chicago has to offer. At each location, you will taste a curated sample of the best donuts. Some of the stops on this downtown tour include Stan's Donuts, Do-Rite Donuts, and Firecakes Donuts, true donut institutions. This two hour walking tour is led by a passionate donut expert who will guide you to some of Chicago's best donut locales. This tour caters to all size groups, both large and small. The donut tour is great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, family reunions, weekend getaways, or even corporate events. There are two versions of the Donut Tour: The Classic Downtown Tour, as well as a local neighborhood tour in Wicker Park. Both are great options if you're excited about donuts. It really just depends on what neighborhood you want to explore: if you want to stay downtown or if you want to venture out to the Wicker Park & Bucktown neighborhoods to see how "the locals do it". In either case, don't hesitate to join the tour. Buy your tickets today!

Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour with Tastings

6. Chicago: Food, History and Architecture Tour with Tastings

Discover the best of Chicago on a comprehensive guided tour. Learn more about the city's history and vibrant food scene as you discover various bustling neighborhoods and historic areas. Start your tour under the dazzling marquee of the Chicago Theater, recognizable from movie-musical Chicago before heading off into the bustling city. First, stop at the Chicago Pedway, used by locals and commuters daily to move about the city in a network of underground tunnels. From here, head towards the official seat of the government for the city at City Hall. Check out its classic interior design and architecture.  Next, enjoy your first food tasting of the day, traditional Chicago-style popcorn. Weather permitting, your guide will take you for a stroll along the Chicago Riverwalk, pointing out familiar buildings such as the Marina Towers, the Britannica Building, and the Willis Tower. From here, make your way to another delicious destination where you can sample locally made chocolate from a local shop.  Then, you will either hop on the ‘L’ train or a water taxi on the Chicago River, depending on the weather and time of year. Either option offers a uniquely local Chicago experience. Feel like a local as you zip past buildings and catch even more awesome views. Next, take a stroll through the beautiful lakefront parks along Michigan Avenue. Arrive at the picturesque Millennium Park, home to the iconic Bean sculpture. By then, you’ll hopefully have built up an appetite because it’s time to begin your ultimate food experience. Travel with your guide up to the River North neighborhood, the original Chicago foodie destination. Your first food sampling is a local favorite, a Chicago-style hot dog. Next up is the world-famous Chicago deep-dish pizza, the staple of the Chicago food scene. Visit a pizza place that’s an icon to Chicago natives to try the real deal for yourself. After you’ve filled up on pizza and hot dogs, take a stroll through two more establishments, each one essential to Chicago’s food culture. Then continue your tasting journey with a classic Chicago sandwich: Italian beef. Sample this sandwich in a true Chicago institution. Your tour ends here, but don’t forget to get some recommendations from your guide of where else you visit or eat during tour time in the city.

Bobby's Bike Hike Chicago: Lakefront Neighborhoods Tour

7. Bobby's Bike Hike Chicago: Lakefront Neighborhoods Tour

Hop on a bike and explore Chicago's lakefront neighborhoods! Bobby's Lakefront Neighborhoods Bicycle Tour is Chicago's longest-running and most popular bike tour. Veer off the beaten path and into the opulent neighborhoods, pristine parks, and packed beaches of the near north-side of Chicago. Explore the Gold Coast mansions, Old Town historic district, Lincoln Park, and the zoo, all on the bike. Pass by North Avenue beach and Chicago's lakefront while an experienced, knowledgeable guide explains the rich history and culture of the area. This tour is designed for all ages and fitness levels. Safety is our top priority, and guests follow bike paths for a majority of the tour. Bikes and helmets are provided.

Chicago: Westside Food Tasting Bike Tour with Guide

8. Chicago: Westside Food Tasting Bike Tour with Guide

Go around the world without leaving Chicago! Sample the best of Chicago’s West side neighborhoods decadent food options. Learn the stories of the immigrants from all over the world who helped make Chicago the city it is today, while tasting their delicious foods. Gaze at the historic homes, warehouses, and skyscrapers of Chicago's most historic neighborhoods. Ride along the new elevated 606 trail and the beautiful Lakefront Trail. Begin your tour in Chicago's bustling River North. Cross the iconic Chicago river, then ride through historic meatpacking district Fulton Market, now Chicago's restaurant and tech ground zero. Sample a delicious Mexican torta and a beer at a celebrity chef's new brewpub. Then ride past Google's new headquarters and some beautiful murals before arriving in Ukrainian Village, where you will taste the world's best Polish pierogis. From there, pass gorgeous 19th-century mansions before having another delicious ethnic snack in hipster hot spot Wicker Park. Bike along the new 606 trail, a bike path on a formal elevated rail line, and then sample some delicious ice cream and toffee in Lincoln Park. From there, head to quaint Old Town for a chocolate tasting, and finish off the tour with a beautiful ride down Chicago's world-famous Lakefront Trail.

Chicago: Secret Food Tour

9. Chicago: Secret Food Tour

Sample the culinary delights of Chicago with the help of a fun and enthusiastic foodie guide. Be amazed by the city's eclectic mix of architecture and public art along the way. Taste delicious bites as you explore the city's central Loop district for 3 hours. Get better acquainted with what sets this friendly Midwest metropolis apart from other destinations and get a great insight into the art, architecture and everyday life in the city. Benefit from your guide's local knowledge and get tips to help you sightsee and explore the food and dining scene some more in your own time.

Chicago: Inside the Loop Architecture Tour

10. Chicago: Inside the Loop Architecture Tour

Get to know Chicago on this guided walking tour around The Loop. See Chicago come to life as a local guide shows you the iconic history, art, and architecture of the city. See the Palmer House’s golden peacock doors, the Tiffany Dome, and more. Start by meeting your guide at a coffee shop near the Monadnock Building. The Monadnock Building is famous amongst engineering circles for its impressive characteristics. Move on to other notable places like the Chicago Federal Reserve. Enter the Chicago Board of Trade Building and Rookery Building for up-close views of their ornate surfaces. Visit Inland Steel Building and the Palmer House, a hotel famous for its intricate golden peacock doors. Along the tour, get to see one of Frank Lloyd Wright's first masterpieces. Finish off your tour at the iconic Chicago Cultural Center. Stand under the Tiffany Dome, the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world. End your experience seeing color and light dance across the room.

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What people are saying about Chicago

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 182 reviews

My friend and I were on a girls trip to Chicago, and booked this tour, as it had very good reviews. We were not disappointed. We were the only 2 on the tour, Denice was the best host. She was funny and very informative. The tour does not only involve food, but visits to different buildings in between eats. It was fun to hear the history of the buildings. The library was amazing. We were stuffed after the food tour so plan accordingly. We canceled our dinner reservations! Food was deep dish pizza, popcorn, hot dog, chopped beef sandwich, and brownie. All were amazing!

Excellent choice, you have very nice views of the city! Chicago undoubtedly has spectacular architecture and with this tour you can learn about its origin! It is worth doing and you also take very nice photos from different angles! The service VERY good, punctual and very nice the guide, he was very cheerful, lively and friendly! Really all very good! The facilities were pretty good! If you come during the cold season, I recommend you come very well dressed!

Our tour was absolutely amazing! The food was authentic and delicious, and the tour guide (I believe her name was Caitlin) was fantastic and fun. I would highly, highly recommend this tour to any couple or family looking to explore a new neighborhood, visiting Chicago, or looking to have great food.

Perfect experience and great for adults and kids alike. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommended!

That’s great boat architectural tour by the river.