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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a 60-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
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 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 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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Jim was an excellent guide and we learned a lot about this beautiful city. We would recommend this tour.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Laurie P
Reviewed yesterday

We found this company when we were at Navy Pier and decided to do the Architecture Tour. It did not disappoint. The crew was great, we had Sam for a tour guide. He was very knowledgable and funny. The boat has restrooms and a bar....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Brooke N
Reviewed yesterday

The Architecture River Cruise was a great experience. Our guide was funny, engaging, and very knowledgeable. This cruise is a must on your next visit to Chicago. The weather was perfect and we took a lot of fantastic pictures of the skyline. A great time,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Reviewed yesterday

I love to go on tours and this tour did not disappoint. Nick and the rest of the crew were awesome and did a great job. This is a must see tour.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Brad H
Reviewed yesterday

Enjoyed the tour, not crowded. Tour guide was knowledgeable, perhaps a little opinionated, but that’s to be expected. Would recommend.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Dwayne A
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October 18, 2019|
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Response from karenoos | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I only saw this now. this particular one was 1 hour 45 minutes and interesting for every minute. We had 2 small kids with us too and they were perfectly happy for this time. There are toilets and a bar.
October 5, 2019|
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Response from 362joannb | Reviewed this property |
We got the tickets online and they scanned my phone when we got there. We boarded the boat at the end of Michigan Ave, you walk downstairs, right by the Apple store. Well marked area.
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  • Languages Offered: Spanish
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