Only Architecture River Cruise can offer such varied and unobstructed views of the city. Relax and marvel as you glide past ... More
Architecture River Cruise
Only Architecture River Cruise can offer such varied and unobstructed views of the city. Relax and marvel as you glide past more than 50 of the city's most spectacular and majestic sites. During the 90-minute cruise, guests may choose open air or indoor seating and are welcome to move about to take photos. Snacks and beverages are available on board.
A lot of information about scads of buildings but it comes in a non-stop gush of verbage making it hard to distinguish which building the narrator is talking about and where one leaves off, and the next begins.
The tour boat is packed wall-to-wall, elbow-to-elbow with no break in the tour to stretch your legs or buy a drink.
If the tour wasn't so greedy they'd add 1/2 hour to the tour giving the customers time to relax & absorb about halfway through...but they are greedy.
200+ customers each boat @ $20 average fee = $4,000 every 90 minutes = 6 tours X $4,000 X 3 boats = they're raking in $72,000 every day...at least during the summertime.
Why should they change anything?
We went on the 90 min. architecture tour on the Chicago river on the "Fair Lady". They had a full bar on the deck below but never stopped or offered drinks to anyone. The tour guide was well informed but it was 90 minutes of non-stop verbage of the buildings/architects.
It was not at all relaxing. They could have easily stopped for a 20 minuted break to allow us to enjoy the skyline and get a drink or appetizers...
Certainly not a family outing. We had 14 members from 12 yrs to 65 in our party from all educational backgrounds and we all found it rather boring and a waste of 2 hours.
You will see buildings that you never knew existed. I consider myself well informed, but seeing River City up close was amazing.
It's worth going even once. Go with the Chicago Architectural Foundation, not anyone else!
I've taken this tour twice now and really enjoyed it both times. The tour guide gives just the right mixture of Chicago history and architecure theory to make it interesting for everyone. It's a very relaxing 90 minute tour. Make sure you get there real early to get a get a chair. The center row of cushioned "benches" can get pretty uncomfortable because they don't have backs on them. I learned that lesson the first time I went on the tour.