August 20, 2012. After work, I met my wife Shereen and some of her family downtown for an Architecture Boat Tour. While I agree with Shereen that this one wasn't as good as the one we took previously, I still really enjoyed it. I would have had a great time without the guide, too, just cruising up and down the Chicago River around sunset. Of all the touristy things to do, I think this is probably my favorite. One of these days, I need to try a bus tour, too. I imagine it's pretty cool to see the city from the open top of a double decker bus.