Navy Pier has nothing on this Chicago tourist attraction.
I got this hot tip last week from a member of one of my audiences for “The ABCs of Photo Organization,” and I want to share it with my friends who might visit Chicago at some point.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a must-see stop. My parents and I visited today, and we enjoyed it immensely.
The foundation has an ongoing exhibition of a 320-square-foot, three-dimensional model of downtown Chicago in its atrium gallery at 224 S. Michigan Ave. It’s a way to see all of downtown, all at once. Next door is the foundation’s gift shop, filled with all kinds of interesting inventions (such as cool ergonomic kitchen gadgets), architectural pieces (including LEGOs) and artwork (in the form of stationery and calendars).
From there, traverse eight blocks to the Chicago River and take the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. Don’t be duped by the copycats. This cruise has a volunteer docent describing the history and architecture of some of Chicago’s premiere landmarks including the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and Trump Tower. You’ll come away from the tour feeling smarter and having a much better understanding of Chicago’s skyline.
The displays at the Foundation’s headquarters are free, and the 90-minute river cruise is $38 (day of cruise).
If you’re lucky like we were, you’ll get a blue-sky day and mild temperatures. What a good day!