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Chicago, United States
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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). Your ticket also includes a one-way water taxi pass valid any time during the year’s water taxi season.
  • Discover all three branches of the Chicago River with your guide, an expert in architecture
  • Enjoy the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and admire world-famous architecture
  • See more than 40 buildings including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower
  • Discover the major events that helped shape the architectural history of Chicago

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-flexible, cruise runs more than 20 times daily from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue.
Make your way to either Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue for your cruise departure. Board your river boat and find a comfortable seat; a restroom and sometimes a full bar are available on the boat. Listen as your guide, an architecture expert, gives you an introduction to the city's landmarks. 

Along the scenic route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. A boat on the river is the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline.

Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), the Wrigley Building, and the Lyric Opera House. Listen as your guide recounts the two major events that helped shape the architectural history of the city. Learn about how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized how homes were built, and hear the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871. Both of these milestones led Chicago to become one of the cradles of modern American architecture.

Your cruise ends at its starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chicago River
Cruise takes place on the Chicago River
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Chicago Skyline
Enjoy an amazing view of the city's skyline
Admission Ticket Free
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Chicago Board of Trade Building
An art deco masterpiece, this is the home of many of the city's financial movers and shakers.
Admission Ticket Free
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Wrigley Building
This white, terra-cotta landmark was built in 1922 as headquarters for the Wrigley chewing gum company.
Admission Ticket Free
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Navy Pier
50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions, including a 15-story Ferris wheel.
Admission Ticket Free
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Illinois Center
This mixed-used building is notable in that the streets running through it have three levels.
Admission Ticket Free
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Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
Tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
Admission Ticket Free
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Tribune Tower
The neo-gothic tower's signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St. Peter's Basilica, Notre Dame, the White House and most recently, the Berlin Wall.
Admission Ticket Free
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Merchandise Mart
The largest commercial building in the world. First two floors are essentially a mall, and the rest is business offices
Admission Ticket Free
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Marina City
Unique architecture for a building complex as its own self-contained community.
Admission Ticket Free
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Lake Point Tower
A high-rise residential building located on a promontory of the Lake Michigan lakefront
Admission Ticket Free
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333 West Wacker Drive
Noted for its reflection of the curves of the Chicago River
Admission Ticket Free
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The East Bank Club
A health club with 450,000 square feet of space
Admission Ticket Free
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The Lyric Opera House
Well-known opera company puts on lavish performances in this massive Art Deco Civic Opera House.
Admission Ticket Free
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Citicorp Center
Located between Clinton and Canal Streets on Madison Street, the structure was designed in a late modernist style.
Admission Ticket Free
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360 Chicago Observation Deck
Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center
Admission Ticket Free
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John Hancock Center
The John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper
Admission Ticket Free
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London Guarantee Building
The London Guarantee Building or London Guaranty & Accident Building is a historic 1923 commercial skyscraper
Admission Ticket Free
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Historic Water Tower
Chicago-focused gallery, specializing in photos, inside a 19th-century Gothic limestone landmark.
Admission Ticket Free
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Chicago Architecture Center
The Chicago Architecture Center is home to a 4,000-building scale model of Chicago
Admission Ticket Free
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Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation's first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city's first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes.
Admission Ticket Free
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Millennium Park
Located within Grant Park, Millennium Park is home to Cloud Gate, or "the bean."
Admission Ticket Free
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Buckingham Fountain
Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology.
Admission Ticket Free
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Chicago Riverwalk
A continuous walkway connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown.
Admission Ticket Free

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Unexpected Great Experience
Culture545069
, Jan 2020
This trip really is for anyone. Great sight seeing and great information. Takes you down the river and back out to the bay. Even an onboard snack station for drinks and snacks.
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Excellent tour!
Mobile541986
, Jan 2020
So enjoyed Kenya and David’s tour of Chicago’s architectural history! Both guys were pleasant and professional! David was smart and funny! Good time!!
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Great way to see the city
davesmith65000
, Dec 2019
We caught an unusually warm day between Christmas and New Years. We took a diverse group ranging from 19 to 70. All had a great time.
star-5
Awsome experience
wilsontory660
, Dec 2019
The crew was energetic and fun and the tour guide was well versed in architecture. Would recommend this tour to any one .
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A different way to enjoy the Chicago River and the skyline
L7578HOcourtneym
, Dec 2019
If you want to learn a little about Chicago's history and origins, its architecture and take a nice little cruise along the river, this is the way to do it. Make sure to get there early to start lining up for boarding so you have a shot at getting the seat(s) you want. There are plenty, but it does get crowded so if you have a big group who all wants to stay together, the earlier the better! (We didn't, but we saw several groups who had to split up a bit. But some nice people offered to switch their seats to try and help accommodate them. That was nice to see.)
star-4
Great but cold
John M
, Dec 2019
The tour and tour guide were excellent. I went on a mid December day and froze because the top deck had no covering. The other cruise line had a glass dome over the participants.
star-5
Wow! Chicago Architecture River Cruise
sherigottschalk
, Dec 2019
I had absolutely no idea how amazing this tour would be! Fabulous and should absolutely not be missed. I would do it again next time I'm in Chi Town! Fabulous guide and staff too.
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Fabulous Tour!
ellenesnow
, Nov 2019
The commentator was fantastic! He clearly has a passion for architecture and Chicago. He a hared a tremendous amount of knowledge in a fun way in a short period of time. You won’t regret spending your money and giving them a tip. Thanks for sharing a bit of Chicago with us!!
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Interesting and worthwhile
Nick A
, Nov 2019
I took my two daughters on the river cruise and found it to be enjoyable, interesting and fully engaged in The beautiful landscape of Chicago's Riverfront. The girls, 11 and 19 both enjoyed the cruise and were able to take excellent pictures and learn some interesting facts about the area. I recommend it to Future visitors.
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BAD Directions
Dream423675
, Nov 2019
I was unable to find the right dock where cruise was scheduled to depart. I was directed to 4 different Chicago Architecture River Cruise sites. By the time I made it to the correct one my cruise had already left. BETTER directions would have been helpful. I was unaware that there are MULTIPLE cruises with the same name. I LOST MY MONEY because there were not clear directions. From the shore it looked like it would have been a beautiful cruise.

Product code: 5580ARC

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