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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

  • 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
Chicago Architectural River Cruise
US$49 per adult
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2pm River Cruise
Tour departs at 2pm
US$48.16 per adult
12pm River Cruise
Tour departs at 12pm
US$48.16 per adult
10am River Cruise
Tours departs at 10am
US$48.16 per adult
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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.

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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Reviewed yesterday
Informative, fascinating, and relaxing

Cruising the river and learning about Chicago's extraordinary buildings and skyscrapers was a very fun experience. Our guide provided interesting non-stop commentary, chock full of trivia and facts about famous designers, both current and from years gone by. I especially enjoyed the details, like designing...More

Thank stephenrwolcott
Reviewed 1 week ago
Always a great tour

The guides are always great----new stories each time you go on a tour. Be careful when it is really hot out------no shade during the mid-day time and if it is sunny it can be pretty uncomfortable. I should have planned better, but always enjoy this...More

1  Thank Cindy K
Reviewed 1 week ago
great way to learn about the city

We had a wonderful time on the architectural tour of Chicago, it was beautiful weather and the boat was really clean and comfortable. The guide was really knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor, we had a great time. The prices of the drinks...More

1  Thank Tonya6425
Reviewed 1 week ago
Must Do!

This is a must do while in Chicago. It is very informational, and excellent for photography. The tour was longer, than we expected (about an hour long).

Thank Herb E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Incredibly informative

This was a fabulous cruise and well worth 90 minutes of your time. Our guide was incredibly informative about the five different styles of architecture. I don't know how she managed to talk that long without a break. The boat was extremely clean and the...More

2  Thank chris c
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John L
18 June 2018|
Response from jaimeelsabio | Reviewed this property |
I do believe they had mixed drinks, but not certain what all they offered. Maybe give them a call.
10 June 2018|
Response from jaimeelsabio | Reviewed this property |
On the top desk you’re all in the sun, but on the bar and restroom level, it’s indoors, so you can stay out f the sun. You may not get as good a view of the buildings, but you won’t be in the sun.
6 June 2018|
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Response from JimHenry | Reviewed this property |
Please contact Chicago line cruises. Their web site may have details.
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