When I was planning my trip to Chicago, the number one suggestion from everyone whom had visited before told me to do the architecture boat tour. I was skeptical, as I have ridden many boat tours in major cities before, and most of them were pretty dull. However, the Internet further reinforced my peers' recommendation, so I booked a boat tour.
To my pleasant surprise, the boat tour was truly enjoyable and those 75 minutes flew by. While I can't say I paid attention to the tour guide 100% of the ride, my eyes were drawn to almost every building we passed by. A balanced stream of historical and modern buildings dotted the river, offering a beautiful juxtaposition between Chicago's past and present. The tour ended on the lake with an amazing view of the cityscape; the weather was clear so the color blue really stood out.
The boat tour was also the first time I experimented with my wide-angle lens—it was one of the best decisions I made for my photography, as the wide angle provided ample space to capture the towering skyscrapers.
Below are my favorite shots from the boat tour, along with additional photos when from my walk around downtown.