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Chicago Architecture River Cruise provided by Shoreline Sightseeing

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Available languages
English, Spanish
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
See all of Chicago's architectural masterpieces in a single tour
Choose from multiple departure times to fit your busy schedule
Learn about the city's architectural history through an expert's live narration
Prebook this must-do Chicago activity, which frequently sells out
What to expect
Make your way to the specified departure place, either the Michigan Avenue riverfront or Navy Pier, in time for your chosen cruise departure—look for the Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruises sign. Since you’ve prepurchased, skip the ticket line and have no worries if this popular Chicago tour sells out. Find a comfortable seat and settle in as your guide, an architecture expert, gives an introduction to Chicago's architectural history. Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, and the Lyric Opera House, and learn which buildings famous architects Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill designed. You have plenty of photo opportunities. Some cruises include a full bar. Your cruise ends at its starting point.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5580ARC
Call +852 30184991
Important information
Inclusions
Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Drinks (available for purchase)
Duration
1h 15m
Departure details
401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA FROM MICHIGAN AVE: Departs from 401 N Michigan Ave at the Shoreline Sightseeing docks. NE corner of Historic Michigan Ave. (Dusable) Bridge. Located alongside Chicago's Honored Pioneer Court.
124 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA FROM NAVY PIER: Departs from 124 N Streeter Drive from the Shoreline Sightseeing docks at Polk Bros Park.
Inclusions
Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Drinks (available for purchase)
Departure details
401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA FROM MICHIGAN AVE: Departs from 401 N Michigan Ave at the Shoreline Sightseeing docks. NE corner of Historic Michigan Ave. (Dusable) Bridge. Located alongside Chicago's Honored Pioneer Court.
124 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA FROM NAVY PIER: Departs from 124 N Streeter Drive from the Shoreline Sightseeing docks at Polk Bros Park.
Duration
1h 15m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
All boats have full restrooms and some have a full bar
Some boats are single deck vessels, the type of vessel you are placed on cannot be guaranteed
Wheelchairs or other walking assistance equipment are not provided.
Tour times cannot be changed.
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travellers
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Chicago River
    Stop: 75 minutes
    Cruise takes place on the Chicago River.
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    Pass by
    Chicago Skyline
    Chicago Board of Trade Building
    Wrigley Building
    Navy Pier
    Illinois Center
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Tribune Tower
    Merchandise Mart
    Marina City
    Lake Point Tower
    333 West Wacker Drive
    The East Bank Club
    The Lyric Opera House
    Citicorp Center
    John Hancock Center
    London Guarantee Building
    Historic Water Tower
    Chicago Architecture Center
    Chicago Cultural Center
    Millennium Park
    Buckingham Fountain
    Chicago Riverwalk
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Lindsey F
Chicago, IL13 contributions
Awesome Experience
Went out on the architecture tour even though we live in Chicago. I was fascinated seeing the city and hearing all the history and stories. Jim was our guide and he was incredible! Super knowledgeable, funny and engaging. Highly recommend!!
Written 16 September 2021
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Marcie S
2 contributions
Amazingexperience
Sep 2021 • Couples
We loved hearing our docent, Jim, tell stories and share his knowledge and appreciation for Chicago and all it has to offer! Very worthwhile and enjoyable!
Written 16 September 2021
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George K
Mountain View, CA12 contributions
Well organized and highly instructional
Sep 2021
We reported to the kiosk and were directed to the elevator around the building that saved us the steps down by the Apple Store to get to the boat. We were the last ones to get on the 10 AM, first cruise of the day. The kiosk had the captain wait for us.

Becky was our guide for the 75 minute river tour of buildings that towered over the Chicago River. She was trained in architecture and was a fountain of knowledge and information. Her explanations and descriptions were essential elements of a great boat tour.

First cruise of the morning has the advantage and small number of passengers and the morning light was favorable for taking photos.
Written 15 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sammie
2 contributions
Great Experience!
Sep 2021
It was a great tour, we ended up doing two tours with shoreline. We did the river/lake tour and then this one. We did the night one and it was great. Adam was the tour guide and he was great! we were able to see all the buildings and the lights. Definitely something you don't want to miss.
Written 15 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jane H
1 contribution
Fabulous experience
Jim was a fabulous presenter. We learned about the history of Chicago, the importance of architecture and we laughed. Great tour. We will do this again.
Written 15 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Janie L
1 contribution
The best way to see Chicago.
Sep 2021
Erica, our guide was exceptional. Very knowledgeable about the city, it's history, landscape, etc. to make it a well rounded experience. Highly recommend this trip if you are limited in time in the city.
Written 15 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Roxana R
1 contribution
Good time!
It was an enjoyable ride. Patrick was our tour guide and he did a great job! Patrick was fun and gave the info in a lot of detail. The weather was amazing!
Written 14 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MadMab2
Fort Myers, FL80 contributions
End of Summer tour of the Chicago River
Sep 2021
Spent one day touring Chicago and a good portion of the day aboard the Chicago Architecture River Cruise. It was 1 1/2 hrs but worth it. The docent was knowledgeable sharing the types of architecture used throughout the city over the years. It gave me a new appreciation for architectural styles and how buildings represent the styles of a particular age that were in fashion at that time. Lovely tour and well worth the price!
Written 14 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mrstravel2014
Andover, MA4 contributions
A must see attraction
This tour was fabulous. Very beautiful architecture and scenic tour. Becky was outstanding, a wealth of knowledge, great wit!
Highly recommend.
Written 14 September 2021
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PR
4 contributions
Best Tour Ever
Sep 2021
We were visiting our son in chicago and had an open afternoon on Friday and thought we would do this tour. Russ was our docent. We have done this tour before, but he was by far the best docent we have ever had. He was so knowledgeable. It was a great experience.
Written 14 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Nice to be on the water…
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Adam Sachs Was Incredible
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Sunday Afternoon Party Boat
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Beautiful day!
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Fun quick trip
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Enjoyed it
This was an enjoyable cruise that stayed around the Navy Pier area. It was very informative and a good thing to do
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Refreshing
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Good, if you are not taking the river cruise
They just stay within the barricades that surround the navy pier on lake Michigan. The river cruise is much better
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Fun day.
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best river tour
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Perfect day for a boat ride
Perfect boat ride to see a little of Lake Michigan and also the beautiful skyline of Chicago. My daughter and I did
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Best guided activity.
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