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Get views of Chicago’s most famous buildings, as well as insider info from an expert guide, on this architecture-focused cruise. See all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task on foot. View the skyline from the Chicago River while listening to live commentary. Snap photos of the Willis (Sears) Tower, Old Post Office, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Wrigley Building, and more. From Memorial Day to Labor Day (May 29 - September 6,) each ticket includes a one-way water taxi ticket.
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Bill H wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a great tour. This is a place that should be drawing more visitors. Our time spent there was fascinating, illuminating and entertaining. I'm so glad I went. There are opportunities for this place to become even better and more.... but it is supported by private donations and visitors... so if you love the blues, go!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Randy D wrote a review Nov 2019
Ilderton, Canada6 contributions3 helpful votes
Visited on Saturday afternoon Nov. 2. Our tour guide was a professional musician from Manchester. His enthusiasm was infectious and his knowledge was vast. As a fan of the Blues and R&R history it was a bucket list item for me but my son-in-law got quite a bit out of it as well so there's something for everyone. It's worth the time to go and they have a nice little gift shop with some great memorabilia spread throughout the venue. I made a small donation to the restoration of Studio B where some of the most iconic songs of our time were recorded, I hope that the successful artists of today will pitch in and make this happen. Thanks to the Dixon family for preserving this gem, it is a highlight of Chicago that they should promote much more!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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MichaelE9 wrote a review Nov 2019
Orland Park, Illinois97 contributions18 helpful votes
This is an hour long tour led by a gent named Manchester....he is very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Chess and the music created there. The space is historical and vibrant. You can close your eyes and imagine Etta James, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy or The Stones and a host of studio musicians walking around and recording there. Hopefully it will reopen as a working studio soon.. A Chicago gem!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Bugsy Malone wrote a review Oct 2019
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This location is of immense importance, it's too bad the presentation isn't better. I was happy just to sit in the main studio and feel the vibe. It's surprisingly quite reverby, but, it has also increased in size, lengthwise by about 10 more feet than the original. No pictures allowed. Motown allows pictures, what's the big deal? Sadly, No original equipment to see. Shouldn't be too hard to find similar era equipment and make it look the same. The tour guide wants you to know that it is through Willy Dixon's altruism that the studio is here to help people. I have no idea what this means, or do I see any evidence of helping others achieve their musical goals. What's that all about anyway? Mentioned numerous times. Sigh.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Diana P wrote a review Jul 2019
Brampton, Canada40 contributions31 helpful votes
Specifically went as we are blues fans and were overwhelmed by the most excellent tour and sampling of music; historical knowledge is abundant and the feeling that you are in the same place as so many fabulous musicians and esp. Willie Dixon. Brilliant.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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