Chicago is known for the Michigan Lake which is one of the 5 great lakes of America. There is another known water body - the Chicago River, which consists of 3 branches (North, South and Main). Dotted along the river are beautiful buildings, each built in a different time and era, all with a wonderful history behind it. We booked tickets for the architecture river cruise which allowed us to gain insight into the history behind Chicago's famous landmarks that included the Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Wrigley Building, Merchandise Mart, Marina City and more.
All tours regardless of the group that you sign up with, are conducted by Chicago Architecture Foundation certified docents. Docents are specially trained guides, certified to lead architecture tours. They undergo hundreds of hours of training on the history of architectures. All docents are volunteers and give tours out of passion. They come from a varied range of backgrounds so some of the docents might be teachers, lawyers, doctors and engineers.
The boat cruise was an eye opener. When you walk past these buildings along the walkway by the river, you might take it for granted - that it is just another building. But almost every one of these buildings have some sort of history or story behind it and it's interesting to hear all the little facts about it. There is always something special and unique about it. Be it its design (gothic, roman, modern etc), the famous architect behind it, the reason for its presence and so forth. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously.
I can't recall all the details of the numerous buildings that we were introduced to so all I have is a set of photos to share :) Enjoy.
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