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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

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See Chicago's architecture from the best possible vantage point―a boat on the Chicago River―during this architecture-focused tour through the city's heart. Listen to your guide's in-depth commentary as you pass more than 50 significant sites, from Lake Point Tower to Navy Pier. Some onboard refreshments are included, with wine and beer available for purchase.
  • Take in Chicago's architecture from the vantage point of the Chicago River
  • Cruise includes in-depth commentary on architectural history
  • See more than 50 buildings during the cruise—much faster than if on foot
  • Refreshments and cookies are included; wine and beer can be purchased
  • Multiple departure times to fit your schedule
What to Expect
Make your way to the Lofts at River East on Ogden Slip in time to meet your departing architecture tour. Step on board and find a comfortable seat as the boat sets out for a cruise on the north, south, and main branches of the Chicago River. As you travel, listen to your guide's commentary, which sheds light on the city's rich architectural history. You can also enjoy included refreshments of coffee, tea, soft drinks, and cookies. Beer and wine are available for purchase. This tour showcases more than 50 important buildings in just a short time, which would take much longer if attempting to view by foot. Highlights include the John Hancock Building, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Marina City, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, and NBC Tower. Return to your departure point at the conclusion of your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and cookies
  • Live commentary on board
  • Gratuities
  • Beer and wine (available for purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 175 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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The 90 minutes flew by. Our guide was smart and articulate and had something interesting to say about each building we motored past. She explained the basic architectural styles that marked Chicago's cityscape and I found myself understanding and able to observe the distinctive
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I like the smaller boat and the more intimate atmosphere. I have taken the larger boats which are shorter tours. The guide was outstanding. Knowledgable and very personable. They offer free coffee as well. Highly recommend.
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We took the Chicago Architectural River Cruise from Chicago Line Cruises. There are 9 different cruise lines, so make sure you take this one. Our tour guide was Eddie, a Chicago lifer. He added so much to this 90 minute tour. He was so informative, mixes in with the
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Great to do with tourists / family / friends visiting in town. If you ran out of things to do, or even without, you should hit this up, especially on nice days. They serve beer and cocktails and bathrooms on board. It's not too long where you get "over it" -- just long
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Great tour. A must in Chicago. Only way to see the amazing buildings. Going through the likes was a really neat experience too.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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