In Chicago, you can find a wide variety of cuisines, world-class museums, numerous green spaces, lots of hiking near the city, and a colorful mosaic of neighborhoods. The city especially comes to life at the slightest hint of warmth after the long winter months. And one thing that definitely needs to be on your list of Chicago outdoor activities? An architecture cruise along the Chicago River.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise on the ships owned by river cruise company Chicago’s First Lady (CFL) is a sought-after attraction. The cruise is the only one narrated by certified volunteer docents from the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC).
The experience is like boating through an open-air museum during an architecture lesson about the skyscrapers, historic structures, and vibrant riverwalk that border the sides of the Chicago River. By the time you leave, you’ll be well-versed in Art Deco, mid-century modern, and postmodern styles thanks to firsthand examples all around.