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You Haven't Seen Chicago Until You've Been On The River
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© Christine Till
Second tallest building = Aqua - 225 North Columbus Drive
Second from left = The Tides at Lakeshore East - Formerly: The Shoreham II
Chicago came into being because of the river/canal system that connected Chicago with the Des Plaines River to the Illinois River to the Mississippi. The connection point of the East and West railroads and access to the great lakes didn't hurt either. Many of Chicago's key buildings are built along its systems of rivers. With this as background, you really need to see Chicago from this vantage point if you really want to see Chicago.
Want to learn the details behind the development and buildings of Chicago (and have a relaxing break from traditional sight seeing) - then the Chicago Architectural Cruise may be the answer. It is hosted by 'volunteer docents' who have a passion for their city and its buildings and bridges. In a two-hour journey, that goes by much too fast, they not only cover fascinating details about the architecture of Chicago and the challenges of building skyscrapers in an already developed area, as well as the philosophy behind the architecture, but also Chicago history, lifestyle and politics. Whether you love architecture or not, the way Chicago is laid out with the river running in between is just beautiful. There is so much history passing before your eyes that you can not help but appreciate it. There is so much to see, so much to learn, so much to soak in. Educational, pleasant, and fun ... And the buildings are spectacular!
Chicago's greatest attraction is its architecture. It spans two centuries and includes landmarks from every style and school known to America. Its architectural heritage is considered to be among the finest in the world, and the Chicago River provides the ultimate setting to view these magnificent structures. Combine this with a tour of the Loop by foot or bus and you'll have the foundation you need to further explore - or live in - Chicago.
January 14th, 2013
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