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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
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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.

Reviews (603)
1 - 5 of 465 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
This river cruise is the best

Granted, I haven't taken any other river cruises but Chicago was clearly built up along their river and the buildings are stunning to look at. It's also just nice to travel up and down the river on the boat and see people along the shores.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Holli_and_Chris
Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile
Well worth doing

Very enjoyable tour. Great scenery and great commentary from the guide. Fantastic buildings. Do it around sunset.

Thank mariasO7789JC
Reviewed November 27, 2018
A Highlight of the trip

We really enjoyed this cruise. It was beautiful and interesting. We learned so much about the city and enjoyed all of the views!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Seaside100847
Reviewed November 8, 2018
Interesting and beautiful to see up close.

Would do this tour again...only in summer. Did it in November...a little cold but learned a lot. Tour guide was knowledgeable.

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank marilynblair
Reviewed November 6, 2018
Must Do In Chicago

What a wonderful way to see Chicago. I did not realize there was so much more to this city. Learned a lot about the history of the buildings and the history of the city. Very informative commentary. Drinks and cookies were also a nice treat.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank dtelles2016
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October 12, 2018|
Response from Konstantin P | Reviewed this property |
I am tourist not a box office for tickets:)
Mary E O
September 26, 2018|
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Response from sandflytoes | Reviewed this property |
Umm, I'm a customer, not the tour operator. 😊
September 24, 2018|
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Response from Brenda D | Reviewed this property |
There is a canopy that you can sit under. They also have seating in the lower deck as I recall.
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