Experience Chicago in a New Way

chicago boat tour

Looking at the Chicago skyline makes us appreciate how visually impressive the city is that we live in.  But when was the last time that you looked at the buildings that make up the skyline?  Look closely.  I can bet that even many Chicago natives haven’t taken the time to get to know the great architecture of the city.

But now is the time, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation will lead the way.  So, put on those walking shoes, grab your camera, and check out one of these fun and informative architecture tours.

Boat tours.  Architecture tours by boat are what people think of often.  But don’t be scared off by the tourists; the boat tour is way too much fun.  On the tour, a CAF volunteer will interpret over 50 buildings along the water, describing how Chicago grew from a backcountry outpost to a metropolitan hub in just 100 years.  This 90-minute boat ride runs from April to November, so you’ll have to wait a few months before experiencing this one.  Luckily there are other ways to take in the sights.

Walking tours.  If the boat tour seems to “touristy” and you’re looking for something a little more unique, you can’t beat a walking tour.  And with over 70 to choose from, there’s sure to be something to strike your fancy.  Here are a few of the more unique tours to consider:

Downtown Deco.  Got a thing for the ‘20’s?  Well, you’ll think this tour is the bee’s knees.  See how art deco enhances the exteriors and enriches the interiors of our city’s finest skyscrapers.

Pedway West:  Warm Walk, Cool Architecture.  Have you ever wondered where Pedway leads but didn’t have time to explore?  Well, now’s your chance.  Get introduced to the system and history of the Pedway while also exploring some of Chicago’s historic interiors and contemporary buildings.  Don’t be surprised if you learn a few Pedway secrets along the way as well.

Tiffany Treasures in Chicago.  Do you love the delicate beauty of Tiffany glass?  On this tour, you will go to four locations around Chicago where Tiffany glass can be found.  Your ticket not only includes the cost of the tour, but a two-day pass to the Art Institute.  So you can continue browsing interesting pieces for the entire weekend.

“L” tours.  Definitely one-of-a-kind, the “L” tours show the beauty our unique train system.  The guide will take you to various train platforms and discuss both the architecture and the history of the elevated train system.  Not only do you get to experience the architecture of the platforms, but you also be able to view the panoramic views of the communities surrounding each station.

In not too long, the weather will be warming up and it will be time to get out and experience art around Chicago in brand new ways.  This spring, make time to experience Chicago in a new light with the architecture tour.

The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany is proud to be located to close to such a wonderful city. We encourage everyone to enjoy all the city has to offer. We also encourage you to stop by our studio and view our wonderful gallery.