• Adults: $43
  • Seniors: $41
  • Youths: $22
  • Children: 6 and Under Free

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ECO BOAT CRUISES

The Chicago River is a complex intersection of ecology, architecture, and urban design. While less attention has been paid to Chicago’s ecological history, it remains the basis from which our City developed and holds a key to Chicago’s sustainable future. 

This summer of 2018, Chicago Line Cruises is partnering with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and city organizations, to present a series of 5 ECO BOAT Cruises. Beginning at the McClurg Ct., experts in ecology, planning, and design will engage riders enroute to discuss topics such as: the Chicago Region’s ecological significance on a Global scale, achieving ecological balance in an urbanized world, delivering ecological conservation and fresh water as social justice through balanced urban and economic development.


1. CHICAGOLAND ECOSPHERE BALANCE & DESIGN

Tuesday, June 19th  6-7:30 PM


Dr. Gerould Wilhelm
Director of Research, Conservation Research Institute. 
http://www.conservationresearchinstitute.org

Terry Guen
SITES AP, FASLA Principal and Founder Terry Guen Associates, Ltd.
http://www.tgda.net

Roy Diblik
Author, Garden Educator, Lurie Flower Garden, Northwind Perennial Farm.
http://northwindperennialfarm.com


2. THE GREAT LAKES & FRESHWATER
Tuesday, July 10th 6-7:30PM

(Note this cruise will be on Lake Michigan)

Philip Enquist,  FAIA
Consulting Partner, Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore Owings& Merrill
https://www.som.com/about/leadership/philip_enquist

Clare Lyster, CLUAA
Professor of Architecture, University of Illinois-Chicago;
Author, Learning From Logistics and co-editor, The Third Coast: Prelude to a Plan


3. LIFE ON, ABOVE & BELOW THE RIVER
Tuesday,  August 7th         
6-7:30 PM

Friends of the Chicago River
https://www.chicagoriver.org

Mark Hauser
Ecological Outreach Manager

Josh Coles
Museum Director, McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Maggie Jones
Conservation Programs Specialist



4. PEOPLE TO THE RIVER
Tuesday, September 11th                   
6-7:30 PM

Chloe Gûrin Sands
Metropolitan Planning Council
http://www.metroplanning.org/index.html

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Carol Ross Barney Architects, Chicago’s River Walk
http://www.r-barc.com/rb


5. GROWING WATER & FOOD & BIO BOULEVARDS
Tuesday, October 16th                
 6-7:30 PM

Sarah Dunn & Martin Felsen
Urban Lab
http://www.urbanlab.com



Linda Nelson Keane, AIA, AIADO
Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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90 Minutes of Action

Delivering ecological conservation

Tour Highlights

ECO Cruises Route

Travel on the all three branches of the Chicago River

  • TravelGeek26 / Tripadvisor
    “Wow. You think you know Chicago? Take a ride on this cruise and you will be blown away by the information. We took the 90 minute cruise. It included free cookies, soda, coffee and tea which was a nice touch.”
  • Tali N / Toronto
    ““Don't be tempted by the boats on the main river” - Their location is not on the river itself but just a few minutes walk from it. worth it !”
  • Operagolf / La Habra
    “This is my 8th time on a Chicago architectural river cruise and this was by far the most informative and biggest bang for your buck.”
  • Marc K. / Whittier, CA
    “Great tour! Learned so much about the history of Chicago architecture. Would definitely do this again since skyline changes with new buildings going up.”
  • DrCumbrian / Tripadvisor
    “The best guide on our whole USA trip. We took the Architecture tour where the boat meandered in between all of the incredible buildings of the city with the guide knowing EVERYTHING about each building; its style, age, height, architect, cost, purpose, owner ….. Quite brilliant!”

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