Climb on board Chicago’s First Lady for an in-depth lesson on the city’s stunning architecture as you sail the Chicago River during the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. The tour highlights more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River and provides an outline of the many notable and new buildings in the city.

Chicago Architecture River Cruise Chicago's First Lady
Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise lasts about 90 minutes and costs $32; be sure to pack natural sunscreen, sunglasses and an umbrella just in case! Photo Courtesy Chicago Architecture Foundation.

My favorite buildings from the tour are a mix of old and new, retrofit and green from the ground up.

Marina City

Designed in the 1960s by Bertrand Goldberg, Marina City consists of 60-story twin towers with semicircular balconies (the towers resemble corn on the cob!). The towers stand on the north bank of the Chicago River and are home to apartments, parking garages (on the lower section), eateries, shops and a hotel. Marina City was designed with energy efficiency and community in mind; check out our friends at Apartment Therapy’s feature on a pair of Marina City dwellers.

Marina City
Shaped like corncobs, Marina City towers add texture and visual interest to the Chicago skyline. Photo By fusionpanda/Courtesy Flickr 

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