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Chicago Architecture River Cruise provided by Shoreline Sightseeing

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 26/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 26/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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.
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You'll start at
401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400
401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611, USAMichigan Ave Departure: Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruises departs from the docks on the Chicago River at the NE corner of Historic Michigan Ave. (Dusable) Bridge. Located alongside Chicago's Honored Pioneer Court
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    Chicago River
    Stop: 75 minutes -
    Cruise takes place on the Chicago River
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    Pass by Chicago Skyline
    Pass by Chicago Board of Trade Building
    Pass by Wrigley Building
    Pass by Navy Pier
    Pass by Illinois Center
    Pass by Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Pass by Tribune Tower
    Pass by Merchandise Mart
    Pass by Marina City
    Pass by Lake Point Tower
    Pass by 333 West Wacker Drive
    Pass by The East Bank Club
    Pass by The Lyric Opera House
    Pass by Citicorp Center
    Pass by 360 Chicago Observation Deck
    Pass by John Hancock Center
    Pass by London Guarantee Building
    Pass by Historic Water Tower
    Pass by Chicago Architecture Center
    Pass by Chicago Cultural Center
    Pass by Millennium Park
    Pass by Buckingham Fountain
    Pass by Chicago Riverwalk
You'll end at
401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400
401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611, USAMichigan Ave Departure: Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruises departs from the docks on the Chicago River at the NE corner of Historic Michigan Ave. (Dusable) Bridge. Located alongside Chicago's Honored Pioneer Court
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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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Duration
1h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Drinks (available for purchase)
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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 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Gayle Flick wrote a review Yesterday
Rosedale, Maryland15 contributions1 helpful vote
This was my third time doing this tour, and my husband’s first. I knew he would absolutely love it and appreciate the beauty of this glorious city. Thanks for ordering up the excellent weather!! Highly recommended!
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MsPiggy wrote a review Yesterday
Miami Beach, Florida3 contributions
I don’t normally write reviews but an exception is being made. I took the 5pm cruise with my German Shepard and was wowed by the incredible skyscrapers along with a deep history lesson of this magnificent city combined with anecdotes, jokes, and a blues song played on the
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Kathy C wrote a review 23 Sep
Chicago, Illinois16 contributions4 helpful votes
We took the Sunday night 7 pm tour to see the city lights in the dark. Gorgeous!!! Many building tops were lit up in either blue or red, to honor essential workers. Our docent, John was absolutely the best!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Julia G wrote a review 21 Sep
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Viv was awesome I loved her energy! She was very informative and knowledgeable. Also appreciated her going around checking on everyone and she took some sweet polaroid's of my boyfriend and I.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Andrea M wrote a review 19 Sep
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Very informative and worthwhile. Our guide was so knowledgable and the tour rounded out our history lesson
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judyr931
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Chicago River cruise a must!!
I have always loved visiting Chicago having grown up just 50 miles south of the city. Visiting now 50 years later,
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MMTX1057
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Shoreline Tour - Chicago River
Really great tour. The guide did a great job if describing the history but didn’t get too deep into the technical d
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lemezeh
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Great sightseeing Cruise
Had a very lovely experience with a few of my other South African friends. Well worth the amout we paid and the se
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leahtitel
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Relaxing cruise.
It was very informational. The prerecorded voice was a little boring but overall good. I think it would be hard to
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AnthonyCoolwave
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Very Boring. Only view from Lake Michigan outline.
Ok. So the ship just goes into Lake Michigan and dicks back. If just shows you The view from the lake side. I learn
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Rwell
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Very informative!
We took the “architecture” cruise from the Navy Pier up the river and back (approx $40 per adult) but well worth it
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davip3060
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Exactly what I expected - quite good!
We were able to find a time slot on the long weekend in August when the city was super busy, which is accredited to
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649trad
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Skyline Shoreline Chicago
River Architecture tour with Shoreline- accessible entry off Michigan Avenue (and Navy Pier)next to Apple Store. We
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1309travisH
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Excellent way to see the city!
Being in Chicago for only a short time, Shoreline was a great choice for seeing a lot. The unique perspective offe
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yolandacX5102HM
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Viator chicago arch river cruise
I was stood up at the deck. No one bothered to cancel or notify. Now trip advisor says i have to contact the compan
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Summerasalifestyle
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So touristy, cool and worth it!
Shoreline sightseeing architectural tour: So touristy and so cool. Educational too. Learn about the city, the arc
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53patti02
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Well worth the time and fee
If you want to sit and enjoy the City of Chicago and listen to interesting information - this is the way to go. I'
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sherryh750
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Beautiful; Even in the Cold
Downtown Chicago is beautiful, the river is gorgeous, and it’s so nice to see people jogging and walking along the
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G7867LHjenniferm
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Educational and fun
Victor was our tour guide and he did an awesome job. I enjoyed learning the history of the buildings and he gave us
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LAPBhona
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Tour
Excellent tour for family and friends , secure, excellent environment. Good tour to take pictures. Good price. One
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  • Duration: 1h 15m
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