Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise Photo Essay

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

Looking at the Willis Tower from the Chicago River

We have been having some weird weather this year. I came to realize this when I was in Chicago this May and it snowed. Snow in May – Seriously?

So on the day that it snowed I had pre-booked a Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise. As I boarded the boat I figured I was tough enough to handle the cold air and crappy weather. I have spent plenty of days aboard a fishing boat in North Idaho on freezing cold days – how could this be much different? Check out that photo below. I was outside on the deck of the boat that day. YIKES right?

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An icy day out on the lake

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

Skyscrapers of Chicago

After I convinced myself that the photography opportunities would be better outside than inside the boat I found myself a spot outside, pulled my socks up, rolled down my crop pants and zipped up my wind breaker jacket. I looked… to put it bluntly… awesome.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

The boat pulled away from the dock and we were off, floating down the Chicago River. The docent filled us in on the different buildings as we past them; what era, what style, who designed them and who uses them now.

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Montgomery Ward’s former building

Chicago use to be the hub for a few major retail and mail order companies: Montgomery Ward (1872 – 2000), Spiegel (1865 – current), Sears (1893 – current) and Crate and Barrel (1962 – present).  Some of their headquarters can be seen lining the shoreline of the Chicago river.

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The former post office of Chicago

Due to these retail and mail order companies being located in Chicago it resulted in one of the largest post offices being built in the United States.  The post office has since vacated this building.

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Chicago skyline near Navy Pier

After we had toured most of the prominent buildings in the downtown area we headed out to The Navy Pier. Our docent pointed out one last building, the Aqua Skyscraper seen below.

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The Aqua Skyscraper

The Aqua is the tallest building in the world designed by a woman, Jeanne Gang. It stands at 82 stories and has a unique wave like exterior appearance.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise

The tour was an hour and a ½ and gave us a wide array of Chicago buildings from over the years along with an informative and entertaining docent. If you would like to catch the Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise they are located at 112 E Wacker Drive. Ticket information and times are available here.

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6 Responses to Chicago Architecture Foundation Cruise Photo Essay

  1. Mandie says:

    I did this tour when I lived in Chicago (sadly, before I started a travel blog) and I loved it! I did it in June & I had fab weather, though. Kudos to you, for sticking out the freezing weather. Yay, midwest America! Lol

  2. Brrr! Looks cold. The things we do in trying to achieve great photos. They turned out really well though!

  3. Bryna says:

    Stunning city! I’ve never been and I’d love to go to see the Bean and try some authentic Chicago pizza! The weather won’t shock me – it snows in my city in May… in fact we just had a week of snowy (like Christmas snowy) weather last week! September!!

    • The Bean is really cool. I got some photos but I wish I could have gotten there early in the day when there were less people around it. It’s a pretty hard to get a photo without a bunch of randoms in it 🙂

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