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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

  • 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
Chicago Architecture River Cruise
From US$43.68
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11:15am Navy Pier Departure
Departs at 11:15am from Navy Pier
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4:30pm Michigan Ave Departure
Tour Departs at 4:30pm from Michigan Ave
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2pm Navy Pier Departure
Tour departs at 2pm from Navy Pier
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Get views of Chicago’s most famous buildings, as well as insider info from an expert guide, on this architecture-focused cruise. You’ll see all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task by 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 Aon Center.

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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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Best tour ever...

I can't recommend highly enough this river cruise. Incredible value, highly educational and entertaining. Jim was an excellent guide and a veritable font of information on all things Chicago. An absolute must experience for anyone visiting the city.

1  Thank Eric R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Laughing and Learning!

We were born and raised in Chicago but moved to Florida 25 years ago. We came for a family wedding and spent the day in the city. This tour was so informative and Our tour guide Rachael was wonderful! She had us laughing and learning...More

Thank Mary G
Reviewed 2 days ago
A Chicago Must-Do

As others have said, the tour guides make this one of the best attractions of Chicago. We truly felt as if the guide was an expert in architecture as she explained the design of each building and its place among the others along the river....More

Thank drcats
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great tour of the city! The tour guide makes the experience!

We went on a foggy day, so we didn't get to see the top of the Sears (Willis Tower), but frankly that was like 1% of the tour. This is a sweeping overview of the city of Chicago, a tour on the water meant to...More

Thank LTtravels2003
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Truly a great experience

Ash was a great guide. Quite funny. Taking young children was quite difficult but all and all it was very enjoyable.

Thank Faizan W
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John S
22 June 2018|
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Response from TheCalkins | Reviewed this property |
I think it was about 90 minutes if Im remembering correctly!
19 June 2018|
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Response from AllenB64 | Reviewed this property |
We had the first afternoon cruise on a sunny Sunday afternoon the first weekend of June. We booked the day before and were told it was a good thing we had...every trip was booked solid for the rest of the afternoon. I'm sure... More
John L
18 June 2018|
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Response from devildog2016 | Reviewed this property |
yep full bar