Above: View from the stern of the boat on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Burnham and Root, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe all created groundbreaking buildings in Chicago. And the world’s first skyscraper, the elegant terra-cotta and plate-glass Reliance Building, still stands at 1 West Washington Street. In addition to walking tours, the Chicago Architecture Foundation conducts tours by bus, “L” train, bike and even Segway. But my favorite is the River Cruise.

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Above: View from the stern of the boat on the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

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