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Chicago Architecture River Cruise provided by Shoreline Sightseeing

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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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 20-06-26 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-06-26 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.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400
    401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Michigan 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: 60 minutes
    Cruise takes place on the Chicago River
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    Pass by
    Chicago Skyline
    Chicago Board of Trade Building
    Wrigley Building
    Navy Pier
    Illinois Center
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Tribune Tower
    Merchandise Mart
    Marina City
    Lake Point Tower
    333 West Wacker Drive
    The East Bank Club
    The Lyric Opera House
    Citicorp Center
    360 Chicago Observation Deck
    John Hancock Center
    London Guarantee Building
    Historic Water Tower
    Chicago Architecture Center
    Chicago Cultural Center
    Millennium Park
    Buckingham Fountain
    Chicago Riverwalk
  • You'll end at
    401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400
    401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Michigan 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
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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Cara D wrote a review Today
New Jersey10 contributions18 helpful votes
We had such a great time on the river cruise. Our tour guide was friendly and engaging and knew so much about the buildings we saw. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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George L wrote a review Oct. 23
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This was a nice experience, the guide was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about his hometown.
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Ulyana wrote a review Oct. 19
Moscow, Russia76 contributions45 helpful votes
Highly recommend to start acquaintance with Chicago from this tour. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and you will know a lot of useful, historical and funny facts about Chicago. Our guide (playing in harmonica) has stolen the show! There are a small bar on the boat at the
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Escape195831 wrote a review Oct. 18
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The Chicago Architecture River Cruise was the highlight of our trip! Not only did my husband and I thoroughly enjoy the tour, but our three teenagers were 100% engaged as well! Victor was our tour guide and will forever be a part of our family’s conversation about Chicago! He
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Emily wrote a review Oct. 18
Spanish Fork, Utah2 contributions
This cruise is a great way to familiarize yourself with the important buildings of Chicago. We loved listening to our guide and hearing about the buildings. However, he did talk really fast so you have to be listening intently the entire time. Dress as warm as possible too!
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By: Shoreline Sightseeing
ryleus
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Best tour ever!
The tour was informative, the tour guide was funny and kept the audience amused. The weather on my tour was amazing
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mrichardm2016
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Nice interlude from crowds
I must say I was impressed with River views. The difference in perspective and waterway used years ago for all sort
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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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