Over the course of this (roughly) 75-minute cruise, author Adam Selzer will share curious and hidden tales of urban architecture as you weave through the waterways overlooking Chicago’s incomparable skyline and lakefront. Besides the basics of art deco, neo-classicalism, and "what to look for when you're looking at architecture,” you’ll also hear about unsolved mysteries, hidden passages, criminal activity, urban legends, and more!
The Summer of George is a yacht that departs from Bertrand Goldberg’s River City Marina (900 S Wells). It features seating with spectacular views on the top deck and a fully functioning cash bar with drinks and snacks on the lower deck.
Adam Selzer has been an historian and tour guide in the city for more than a decade, with more than 2,000 ghost tours and several hundred architectural boat tours to his credit. He is the author of Mysterious Chicago, H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil, The Ghosts of Chicago, and several more critically acclaimed books, along with an upcoming "who's who" book on Graceland Cemetery. He has appeared in several several documentaries and TV shows, such as Scary Stories, American Ripper, Mysteries at the Museum and Monumental Mysteries, and his research has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Washington Post, and more. His tours are utterly hilarious, ridiculously informative, and endlessly fascinating.
This kicks off a month of great events from Mysterious Chicago, including the Haunted History tours at the Lincoln Park Zoo, cemetery tours, ghost tours, and more! Part of Mystericon 2021, this run will likely feature some guests from the past year's virtual tours!
WHAT TO KNOW:
Arrive by 9:30 p.m. for boarding; the boat leaves promptly at 9:45 p.m. and cannot wait for latecomers. Someone with a Mysterious Chicago lanyard will be there to check you in.
All you need is the name on your eventbrite order, but having your tickets on your phone wouldn't hurt, just in case.
The event will run rain or shine (or fog or shine!).
Outside food and drink are not allowed on the bus; there is a full bar down below deck.
Please do not come if you aren't fully vaccinated. Masks will be required on the indoor (lower deck) portion of the ship, and by October they may be recommending them outdoors in events with close seating, too. We recommend them. If you have questions about the vaccine, the Mayo Clinic has an excellent page to answer any questions. Get vaxxed; you need your shots to go to sea! The ship may have additional requests re masking, etc, and we will comply.
Accessibility is somewhat limited; the boat can accept strollers/wheelchairs but there are a few steps to board/disembark the boat and upstairs seating/below deck restrooms are only accessible via stairs. The path from the parking lot to the ship is a bit rocky, as well.
The Harrison Red Line stop is about a 10-minute walk away from the marina; you can also find the #22 Clark Street bus stop at Clark and Polk streets not far away. Parking is available for about $8-10 in the lot next to the River City Marina with the ParkMobile app (zone 5811). With credit cards, you can park in the River City garage. Street parking is fairly easy to find nearby, as well. Check the SpotHero app for other nearby lots! Please note that the parking lot and dock can be difficult terrain for wheelchairs, and there are some stairs to get onto the ship.
For those coming from Mystericon 2021 at the Palmer House, 900 S Wells is about a one mile hike, or a pretty quick cab ride!
BECAUSE YOU ASKED:
After the tour, once everyone has disembarked and all the paperwork is done, Adam will be happy to sign books, etc, outside his car (the easy-to-spot orange Mystery Mobile often seen on virtual tours). There's no charge for signing; he isn't Jose Canseco in 1990 or anything!
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
900 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607, United States