6. Best of Chicago: Skydeck, River Cruise, & Loop Tour
The Loop is where Chicago’s history and bustling present truly intersect. Boasting some of the city’s most impressive buildings, The Loop may be a business district but it’s much more than that—including the birthplace of the world’s first skyscraper. Begin your tour at the base of the Monadnock Building where your expert local guide will be waiting to take you on a journey through the city’s most storied structures.
At Willis Tower, take the first elevator of the day up 103 floors to the Skydeck. Take advantage of the observational decks to get the best possible view of the city from above.
Back on ground level, it’s time to traverse Chicago’s Financial District alongside your local guide and see the city’s Art Deco architecture will be laid out before – or rather, above – you! Pass the magnificent Board of Trade Building and take in the statue of Ceres, Ancient Greek goddess of the harvest, looming over the skyline three stories high.
Next, walk through the awe-inspiring lobby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at the Rookery. Many elements here only an expert can point out, including the secret glass mosaics adorning the lobbies. You’ll listen to the history of the cast of characters that brought Chicago to world-wide fame, admire one of the world’s most historically significant doors and get a view of the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world.
Millennium Park is the next stop where the iconic Cloud Gate can be found. After getting a picture in front of ‘The Bean’, it’s time to walk up Michigan Avenue for more architectural stories and history.
The last stop of the day is Chicago’s iconic Riverwalk for a 90-minute architecture cruise, passing down the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Enjoy the snacks and refreshments available to purchase on board, and take in the day’s discoveries from the water.