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What better place to start than on a Chicago Architecture Foundation tour? With 85, walking, bus, and boat tours available, you have plenty of choices. You should definitely try to catch their popular River Cruise boat tours on Chicago's First Lady during the summer season – the official boat tour company for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Other skyline tours by boat can be had aboard Chicago Line Cruises, Shoreline Sightseeing, and Wendella Sightseeing Boats. All offer great views and great stories of Chicago's iconic skyscrapers.


What do the Chicago Water Tower, Wrigley Building, Merchandise Mart, Willis Tower, Trump Tower, John Hancock Building, Marina Towers, and the Aqua building have in common? They are all some of Chicago's truly unique architectural wonders.

Use the guide below to mix-and-match from various eras and areas to build your own Chicago architecture itinerary. Or go the easy route and let the pros lead you on an architectural tour. Either way, make sure your camera battery is fully charged — your lens is about to get a workout.

From modern skyscrapers to landmark buildings, see Chicago's architecture by adding these top highlights to your itinerary.