No trip to Chicago would be complete without visiting Navy Pier. A great place to take the kids, enjoy an impressive Ferris Wheel and regular fireworks shows all summer long. For the adults, this locale is also home to a fabulous Beer Garden where you can sip on something hoppy and cold. Also at Navy Pier, you can go on an architecture boat tour of Chicago that will show you these buildings from brand new angles. Whether you go on a sailing adventure on the Tall Ship schooner or speedboat across Lake Michigan, adventures will abound all summer long. Navy Pier also offers a Mystic Blue Cruise option for a trendy and ambient dining cruise, the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a romantic date or a party with 600 of your closest friends. Find all of these city chic boat cruises here: http://www.navypier.com/things2do/boats.html.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation also recognizes that launching out of Lake Michigan makes sightseeing a more spectacular adventure. A must-do attraction with certified tour guides, get the real scoop on the city’s famous architecture. Chicago’s First Lady sails past more than 50 buildings, incorporating snippets from the city’s enriched historical roots. This cruise line has some new aquatic adventures in store for 2013. You can go on a nearly maiden voyage of the Capture Chicago Photography Cruise to impress your friends with some breathtaking shots of the skyline. Or, go with an established favorite, the Twilight River Cruise which sets sail with the setting sun on Friday evenings. Learn more about these unique boat tours here: http://www.architecture.org/tours/boat-tours.
And, no out-of-towner vacation would be complete without hopping on a water Taxi. Chicago Water Taxi is a unique way to get around the city without having to worry about traffic. You can get details here: http://www.chicagowatertaxi.com/SitePages/Home.aspx.