Special Events

    “Gold Coast” Walking Tour
    Sunday, July 8, 2018
    9:00 am to 12:00 pm


    In 1882, famous hotelier Potter Palmer decided to challenge conventional wisdom and build his dream home north of the Chicago River, away from the South Side stockyards and rail terminals. This act, along with the construction of the double deck Michigan Avenue Bridge decades later, opened development to one of the most impressive neighborhoods of residences and shops in the US. Tour participants will see elegant high rise apartments facing Oak Street Beach, continue along the Inner Drive to see the last remaining mansions hidden among the tall, modern buildings and then head to Astor Street and North Dearborn Parkway to see the most exclusive, single family homes which define Chicago’s Gold Coast. Comfortable shoes are recommended for this tour. Ticket price: $40. Pre-registration is recommended. Onsite ticket sales are not guaranteed.



    Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
    Monday, July 9, 2018
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


    Join us for a private departure of the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. This tour is a must for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. During the cruise, guides will discuss more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You’ll find out how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. In 90 minutes, get the real story on Chicago architecture and its history. Ticket price includes beer, wine, soft drinks and light snacks. Plan to meet the group at the dock at 5:00 pm (a nice stroll from the Drake Hotel along Michigan Avenue or utilize taxi, Uber/Lyft or bus system). The boat departs at the Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr. (Look for the blue awning marking the stairway entrance.) Ticket price: $65. Pre-registration is recommended. Onsite ticket sales are not guaranteed.







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