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Fourth of July is creeping up on us, Chicago. Conveniently, this year it falls on a Tuesday, meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to spend a long July 4 weekend in Chicago. Celebrate this Independence Day with a concert or a food festival or a boat cruise. Work your way through this summer bucket list to cover all the basics. Or test out this action-packed adventurer's itinerary. Below are more ideas on things to do in Chicago this weekend and events for the extended holiday!

Folks around Chicago and the world are excited about the ongoing celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work as they continue to honor the 150th anniversary of his birth. You may already be in the know if you’re an architecture fan, but even if you're not, the Pedal Oak Park bike tour being offered this summer is a great opportunity to celebrate the architectural master and check out some of his famous places, all from the seat of your cruiser bicycle.

Chicago's boat tours are one of the most popular attractions during the summertime, and for good reason. The tours are a great way to get to know the history and architecture of the city. Plus the views of the buildings from water-level are just stunning. But there are a number of different tour companies that offer boat tours, so which one is right for you? Let our guide help you decide!

Chicago is a city easily explored by foot or riding the 'L' train, with chances to view the architecture up close and experience the fabulous neighborhoods and parks. But for those times out of the year when the city weather is less cooperative, and for visitors who want the leisurely enjoyment and educational edification of a bus tour of Chicago, we'e got you covered. Check out these touring bus companies for another view of Chicago.

Chicago's Top 6 Walking Tours!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Chicago Food Planet Tours

One of the best ways to get to know a city is by walking around and learning about it on foot. That being said, it also helps to have a guide who's knowledgeable and can give you information from an insider's point of view (and places to check out once the tour is over). Here are 6 of Chicago's best walking tours:

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Looking to learn more about Chicago architecture? Some of the first modern skyscrapers were born in our city, and our stunning skyline reflects Chicago's originality, beauty and innovation in the field of architecture. The Chicago Architecture Foundation works hard to introduce the science and art behind Chicago's amazing architecture to young children and teens, with outstanding programming that offers hands-on activities, walking tours and workshops.

Michigan Ave Bridge

Many Chicago visitors traipse up and down Michigan Avenue with perhaps not much a glance at the city's beautiful architecture beyond the landmarks of the Wrigley Building or the Tribune Tower. In fact, several notable works of historic architecture lie along the Magnificent Mile. Here are a few lesser-known buildings that deserve some architectural attention.

A Guide to Chicago Architecture by Boat

Friday, September 27, 2013 12:00 AM by Amanda Scotese

chicago River

Of course whenever someone comes to Chicago, one of the top attractions suggested is an architectural boat tour on the river. From the easy vantage point of a seat on a large vessel, one can indulge in a grand view of a variety of Chicago architecture. For this blog post, I'd like to expand upon a few ideas that your docent or tour guide may likely cover. 

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