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by wasa girl
July 29, 2010
New York, New York
September 28, 2007
From journal Architecture, Armitage, and Aristocracy in Chicago
Madison Heights, Michigan
October 14, 2005
The Chicago River Architecture tour runs about 1 hour and costs $19 per person for adults, $17 for seniors, and $10 for children. There is a daily schedule on their website so you can plan your trip. See http://www.wendellaboats.com.
Whether you like the river, boats, or history of the buildings, this tour has something for everyone. You will find out about architects, their style, and the challenge they were faced with to build better, higher, faster, and grander. You will learn how they devised a structure and why. Did you know that the Boeing building actually is hanging in its frame and not mounted from the ground up? How about the story about the city of Chicago trying to reverse the flow of the river? My favorite was how the term "in the limelight" was coined. This tour was entertaining as well as informative, and our tour guide was happy to answer questions. If you are in the Windy City, make the time to add this tour to your schedule. You'll love it!
From journal I left my money in Chicago
September 26, 2005
Our guide was a young blonde woman who knew her architecture, but her jokes were older than she was and completely unnecessary. She was pleasant enough without reciting the corny jokes.
The tour started with Chicago's newest building, right next to the dock, a building so new it's still under construction - the Trump Tower Chicago (the one being managed by that "Apprentice" guy the woman next to me whispered). It was being built on the former site of the Sun-Times newspaper offices. The Sun-Times had renovated and moved to another building just down river, which oddly enough had a Holiday Inn perched on top of it. The tour started on the Upper River, which the tour guide told us had become the hot new condo district in downtown Chicago. Turn-of-the-century warehouses had been turned into luxury condos and several new high-rise condos had been built, many with waiting lists of people to move in. The new buildings on this side of the river were less than 3 years old. The south side of the river was the business side. Boeing, the US Post Office, and Sears Tower dominate this part of the tour. As the boat traveled back toward the dock, it continued to the canal that separated it from Lake Michigan. (Did you know that the Chicago River flowed backward? Take the tour and find out why, unless you're from St. Louis, then you don't want to know.) From here the tour wound up with information on the Lakeshore Towers, where all the celebrities in Chicago live. The tour takes about an hour and is a wonderful and educational way to spend the afternoon. Now, I know nothing about architecture, but I do know a good-looking building when I see one and Chicago has some of the best. I would highly recommend taking the tour on a sunny day to catch the reflections of the north buildings on the beautiful curves and glass of the 333 Wacker Dr. Building. Exquisite!
From journal Weekend in Chicago
July 8, 2004
From journal Chicago - I Should Just Move There
September 5, 2002
The Wendella Boat tours sail with 67 years of historical experience under their (life)vests. There’s a feeling of awe as you pass under the double decker Michigan Ave. bridge and glide into the Locks. As the Captain slips past Navy Pier, remember that when I was a child there were ocean freighters that still docked here amid steady decline. The new 100’ Ferris wheel allows a birdseye view of the city but when my mother was a child it was twice that size! My heart catches in my throat at the grandeur of the Pier today! We sail North first to see the amazing architecture of the John Hancock building (go later and have a drink at the 95th floor bar) and the Prudential Building before heading South to view the:
Re-entering the Chicago River gives us time to study architecture spanning the generations with too many for me to report in earnest with this word count!
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From journal Fun Tours in Chicago: A helping hand
Little Rock,, Arkansas
June 29, 2001
From journal Chicago, Chicago-da-dada-da-da-dadada da