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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a 75-minute cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from your onboard guide, an expert in architecture.
  • 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, you'll 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 Aon Center, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, and IBM Building, and learn which buildings famous architects Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill designed. You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities. Some cruises include a full bar. Your cruise ends at its starting point.
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Departure Point
1: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
2: 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
1h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We took the river tour from Navy Pier and would have appreciated more specific directions. Being unfamiliar with the city, we spent ages looking for the actual boarding point and were pleased we set off with plenty of time to spare. The boat was only...More

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Took the 10am week day tour along the river to view the magnificent buildings of Chi city. Plenty of seats and had opportunity to move around and get different views along the way since it was 1st tour of the day. Restrooms are very clean...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank walt2810
Reviewed 2 days ago

From PA and went to our nephews wedding in Elkhart Indiana on Saturday then on Sunday drove the 2 hours and visited and toured Chicago including the Architecture River Cruise which was fantastic. The tour guide explaining all the details was very articulate and very...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank BryanDen
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

AWESOME tour. 1st time in Chicago. We had an amazing time on the tour. Very entertaining, great views. Highly recommend it.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank LYB78
Reviewed 2 days ago

Agree with the many other reviews on this blog. The Chicago Architecture River Cruise is a fabulous tour. You learn so very much about the city and its buildings. The information gives you a whole new perspective as you spend the rest of your time...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Dianne P | Reviewed this property |
You have to ask when you make reservations.
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Response from Denise P | Reviewed this property |
We lucked out with great weather the day we went, but the day before our cruise was very rainy. We still saw their tour boats on the river, with everyone on board wearing rain ponchos, so I'm guessing unless the weather is... More
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