If you've never taken the Chicago architectural boat tour before this is the summer to fix that. 

CurbedChicago - Long regarded as the best way to take in the Windy City's world renowned collection of famous buildings, the architectural boat cruise on the Chicago River has earned national recognition as the country's top tour. According the the travel site TripAdvisor, the Chicago attraction tops a list comprised of the most popular tours with the greatest amount of traveler interest between March 2016 and March 2017.

One time a friend and I saw some stand-up downtown and got a hotel room. The next day when we were getting ready to take the train back home he says "Do you have to do anything today?" I said "Nope." He replies "Let's do a bunch of touristy stuff then." One of the best ideas he'd ever had.

We started with the boat tour and it was a blast. First of all, there's a bar on the boat. They're not cheap but you're getting to drink on the river while some guy tells you all about the famous architecture. Second of all, no matter how many times you've been to the city you've probably never seen it from these angles. It's awesome seeing the backside of a lot of the buildings you're familiar with. Third and last of all, it's really interesting and the guides know A LOT about these buildings.

Just to show you how cool it is, here's a list of all the things it beat out:

  • Grand Canyon West Rim and Hoover Dam Day Tour
  • Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
  • Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Half0Day Trip
  • Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour
  • Big Apple Helicopter Tour
  • Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour
  • San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  • Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight

There are some HEAVY hitters on that list and the boat architecture tour beats them all. Make it a bucket list thing for the summer. You won't regret it.

P.S. Not sure how many times I used the word "architecture" in this post but I didn't once spell it right the first time. It's the struggle I live with.