Why this Real Chicago experience has not come up until now is absurd. Absolutely absurd. Architecture is an integral part of this city; an integral part of its history, its development, its beauty. And when you see it all from the breezy bright white seat of a boat that cruises along the Chicago River and out beyond the shores of Lake Michigan, there's no doubt this city's skyline will leave more than an impression-- it'll leave you with an education- a Real Chicago experience not to be missed. Today's Real Chicago recap is provided by the voice of one of our team members, a resident of Chicago and Michigan native, Haley: One of my favorite “Real Chicago” experiences is the Chicago Architecture Boat Tour. Whenever I have friends, family or clients in town I often recommend this tour. But it isn’t only for tourists. As a new resident of Chicago, there is still so much I want to learn about this great city- and the Architecture tour was a great place to start. The tour starts on the river right near the Wrigley Building, first you go west where you get the history behind Chicago’s studded skyline. The tour guides explain the history of the Merchandise Mart, the Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Lyric Opera, 333 W. Wacker, Marina City and my personal favorite, the United building. Over 50 buildings are featured on the tour. The boat then turns around and takes you down the river into Lake Michigan. From here you can see Chicago’s great skyline together in all of its glory. You also get a fun story about the lighthouse located off of Oak Street Beach- Residents lived in the lighthouse in exchange for caring for the premises and a nominal fee of $10 dollars a month (I think I can’t remember exactly how much) until the 1960’s. It was then that after a wild night of partying out on the pier that caused some complaints from residents on shore. Unfortunately after that, the privilege was revoked, and there are no longer tenants of the lighthouse. Crazy Hippies! There are tons of great things to do in Chicago, and this is one of my favorites. So put on your fall jackets and spend one of our last sunny days learning a little bit more about the city you love.