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Oct30
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Beyond the Boat: Explore the Stunning Interiors of Famous Chicago River Tour Buildings


This 2-hour walking
(not boat) tour shows you some of the best buildings along the Chicago River up close — taking you closer than any boat could ever take you! — but then you’ll also get to venture INSIDE, experiencing some of the best interior architecture of buildings you’d recognize from Chicago architecture boat tours. Your guides all have years of experience giving architecture boat tours for various companies in Chicago, and are well-versed in the architecture along the river, old and new. But whereas most boat tour guides’ knowledge of river tour buildings will stop at the exterior, our guides are ready and eager to show you what they know about the interiors — including which ones are worth visiting!

Our “Beyond the Boat” tour is the perfect yin to any Chicago architecture boat tour’s yang. From Art Deco interiors that stun with their glamorous interior details, to vaulted lobbies that impart a sense of importance and grandeur to everyone who enters them, to thoughtful extras like reflecting pools, digital art walls, and more, these interior spaces will absolutely delight you, architecture buff or not. Do you like beautiful spaces? Then you’ll like this tour, period.

  • Tour length:  2 hours (~2 miles)
  • Tour days/times:  Saturdays & Sundays at 1pm
  • Tour cost:  $30 general admission; $25 children 5-10 and seniors 65+
The Chicago River, flowing silently through the heart of the city, provides amazing and world-famous views of over a hundred years’ worth of architecture, but if you only experience Chicago from a boat, you’re missing more than half of its beauty.  Let Inside Chicago Walking Tours show you the fascinating “second side” of an architectural boat tour by showing you the interiors of some of the best buildings on the Chicago River!


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