kenzie's travel diaries

adventures of a ten year old history buff + traveler


We started out celebrating my Dad for Father’s Day by going on a Chicago River Architecture Tour through Wendella Boat Tours. My mom first introduced us to this tour a few years ago when we went with my Grandma. It’s a great tour that mixes Chicago history and fun facts with history of all the buildings. It was interesting to see the different designs of the various architects, and to learn about who bought what building and what it was/is/and is going to be.



The weather was nice and sunny so it felt nice to be out on a boat on the Chicago River. We learned that at St. Patrick’s Day, the city turns the river bright green. I’d love to see that sometime!


We had to stop mid-tour and wait until the boat police let us through due to movie filming. As I mentioned in a previous post, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) was filming a movie called “Rampage” in Chicago. There was a low flying helicopter doing spins and tricks right over the water and we had to wait until it was finished when it was safe to pass. We got a front row seat of that scene! I wonder if we’ll make it onto the big screen as extras?

When we were done with the tour, we walked and window shopped along Magnificent Mile. There aren’t too many unique shops, just a lot of shops we have back home. It’s very crowded with people shopping and walking through, so it wasn’t my favorite part of the day, but it was nice to stretch our legs. The cool part is that Chicago history is scattered around the city. There are plaques describing the Water Tower as well as telling the story about the Great Chicago Fire.

Did you know that on the exterior walls of the Tribune Tower, there are many different pieces of buildings from around the world inlayed into the concrete? We saw a piece of the Coliseum, the Great Wall of China, and lots of other famous places. It was pretty cool!


To continue on with our Father’s Day festivities, we ate lunch at Bohemian House. The inside was nicely decorated with funky decoration and cool looking wallpaper. The restaurant serves Hungarian and Czech food, heavy on the potatoes and meat, but so delicious!


We ended our day by visiting our cousins in Plainfield, IL. It’s a suburb about an hour outside of Chicago. My mom made everyone dinner, and we spent the rest of the evening catching fireflies, making s’mores over the fire, and playing with sparklers!

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