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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

From US$48.16
  • 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.

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Reviewed yesterday
Very interesting. Great tour

Very interesting and informative tour. Nice way to see Chicago. Blake was our guide and did an excellent job.

Thank Deb S
Reviewed 3 days ago
Architecture Tour

We really enjoyed our tour. We learned a lot of interesting info about the history of so many buildings and why Chicago is known for their architecture. Our narrator was informative and helpful with any questions we had. It was cold, so come prepared for...More

Thank neha s
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great perspective on Chicago

This is a great way to see Chicago... I went and bought my tickets direcly at the kiosk so didn't have to pay the Ticketmaster fee... Great tour if you only have a short time. Bit chilly, so wear warm clothe.

Thank Rita C
Reviewed 5 days ago
Great way to see the city and very informative.

After seeing other tour boats on the river, we were glad we chose this one. We did a 2pm tour and it was not overbooked at all. Plenty of room to roam around the top of the boat and good staff serving drinks and unlimited...More

Thank jrcjr321
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great tour with great staff!

I tried to get my discounted tickets thru Groupon. The transaction said "pending" and I never received the voucher. The cashier at the ticket counter at the bout tour understood my frustration and provided great customer service and gave me a substantial discount on the...More

2  Thank JimHenry
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patricia M
26 April 2018|
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Response from jrcjr321 | Reviewed this property |
I really doubt it, but can’t say for sure, not being prone myself. The ride was slow, smooth and steady. I don’t remember any rocking of the boat, and it never really picked up any sort of speed. Very leisurely.
18 April 2018|
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Response from MikeS_From_Chicago | Reviewed this property |
About 90 minutes + -. You will want to get there 10-15 early to get in line (especially on a nice day when its going to be moire full) this will allow you to get on the boat and pick a good spot. At the end you get off the... More
Stacey G
5 April 2018|
Response from JimHenry | Reviewed this property |
Yes I believe so. Bring umbrellas. But I would call first if weather looks bad.