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Architectural Boat Tour and City Bus Tour Information

LHSA – The International Leica Society is happy to announce two group activities as part of the Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Friday Morning, Oct. 6: Chicago Architectural Boat Tour

Price for the Architectural Tour is $25. You must have pre-registered to go on the tour. Participants are responsible for transportation to the dock.

Arrive at Rush Dock no later than 9:00 AM.

Photo by Richard Rejino

Rush Dock is located directly behind Trump Tower (401 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago). Follow the pedestrian walkway to the stairs, which will take you down to the river. You will see the Wendella Boat Tour ticket office below. The group will board together.

The boat will leave the dock promptly at 9:30. The tour is approximately 75 minutes long. Participants are responsible for transportation to the dock.

Important information

Dress comfortably. It is advisable to bring a jacket since it is October! The bottom of the boat is climate controlled. There is a full bar, and snacks and other drinks on the boat. Restrooms are also available.

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM – Arrive at the dock no later than 9:00 AM.


Be inspired by the captivating, visual art that is Chicago’s legendary architecture, and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing, dynamic legacy for all to enjoy and admire. This comprehensive tour will navigate through the heart of the city on all three branches of the Chicago River while your professionally-trained architectural guide tells the story of more than 130 years of innovation in design, style and technique and why it is important today.

Photo by Richard Rejino

Saturday Morning, Oct 7 (9:00 AM): Chicago Panoramic and North Side Tour:

Price for the Architectural Tour is $25. You must have pre-registered to go on the tour. 


Participants should meet in the lobby of the hotel at 8:30 AM. The bus will arrive at the hotel between 8:30 and 8:45 for immediate departure at 9:00 AM. The tour is 2 hours in length.


See the vitality and excitement of Chicago! You’ll drive through Chicago’s main business section, one of the busiest financial centers in the world. You’ll tour the famous “Loop” and State Street – the great street where Chicago’s fame began. Next, 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 flows backwards due to 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 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, 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.