TOUR HIGHLIGHTS North and South Side Business DistrictsScenic Outer Drive
This is a comprehensive tour of everything that Chicago has to offer. You’ll travel through both the North Side and South Side business and residential districts.
Travel by the striking Richard J. Daley Plaza with its acknowledged masterpiece, the Pablo Picasso sculpture, created specifically for Chicago. You will take a ride on Wacker Drive, the double-decked thoroughfare that winds its way under the city. Also journey over the Chicago River, which is made to flow backwards by one of the world’s greatest engineering feats.
On this tour you’ll see the famous white Wrigley Building that announces the beginning of the Magnificent Mile, and Michigan Avenue where Chicago’s most exclusive stores exhibit their wares. You’ll see Chicago’s elegant seven-level shopping complex, the renowned Water Tower Place, alongside one of the tallest buildings in the world, the John Hancock Center.
You will also travel through Lincoln Park, a thousand acres of greenery, lagoons, flowers, and zoo. You’ll see Wrigley Field - the home of the Cubs (visits not on game days,) the Botanical Gardens, Chicago Historical Society, Newberry Reference Library, and an Indian Totem Pole.
A twenty minute stop is made at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. You’ll travel through Grant Park, the front lawn of the city and site of Soldier Field, Adler Planetarium with its sky dome, and the Joseph Petrillo outdoor band-shell where Chicagoans listen to fine music throughout the summer nights.
Also on your journey is the Art Institute of Chicago, world-renowned for the largest collection of impressionistic art, Orchestra Hall, home of the famous Chicago Symphony, and Shedd Aquarium, the worlds largest aquarium. You’ll stop by the Field Museum of Natural History, which is famous for the size and scope of its collections. And looking over from these sights youll see the 80-story Amoco Oil Building, completely faced in white granite.
Afterwards, you will travel through the South Commons, a new "close-in" residential community. The tour will go through beautiful Jackson Park, where the Colombian Exposition of 1893 was held to celebrate the founding of America 400 years earlier. Following this you’ll pass through the University of Chicago, with its elegant English style architecture, as well as pass the Museum of Science and Industry, a tribute to Mans ingenuity and inventiveness.
Finally, you’ll see the world’s highest apartment building, Lake Point Towers, which is an architecturally stunning building of glass and curves adjacent to Navy Pier, Chicago’s inland port.
A camera stop will be made at the museum campus for its breathtaking view, (or a substitute stop will be made.)
Lunch is not included. Snacks are available for purchase on your own at stop.