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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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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
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
From $41.44
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10am Navy Pier DepartureMost Popular
Departs at 10am from Navy Pier.
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10:45am Navy Pier Departure
Departs at 10:45am from Navy Pier
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11:45am Navy Pier Departure
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Overview

Get views of Chicago’s most famous buildings, as well as insider info from an expert guide, on this architecture-focused cruise. You’ll see all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task by 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 Aon Center.

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.

Reviews (3,330)
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Excellent narration and very well organized tour

We took the 5PM tour on October, so that we will be able to enjoy the Chicago architecture during dusk. It was really cold, but the tour was totally worth it. Our guide was highly knowledgeable, funny and gave us very good details about the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sswetha2809
Reviewed 2 days ago
Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Great tour for tourists as well as residents. Learned a lot about the history of the buildings and architecture. Well worth the price!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank CarrieN276
Reviewed 3 days ago
Chicago with the girls

This was the best way to see Chicago. Entertaining and educational. Even serve wine for the tour!! Recommend highly.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marty M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best tour we have ever taken!

We absolutely loved this tour! It was amazing to see all of the gorgeous buildings from the vantage point of the river. I expected to hear about the history of the buildings but, honestly, it was really fascinating. I learned so much about not only...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Kristen V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Beyond our expectation

Thought this would be real touristy but was amazingly informative and visually wonderful. The guide was very well informed and had a great sense of humor as well

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank lynnsM689EI
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Brian W
February 10, 2019|
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Response from minniemae | Reviewed this property |
The water boat tour is approx 1.5 hrs and has fixed departure times (every 2 hrs). There are 3 boat tour companies operating during our visit. Its winter now so I am not sure; might be back in business in the spring... More
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aniag73
December 29, 2018|
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Response from minniemae | Reviewed this property |
WALK!!! No parking by the pier. Parking is expensive in Chicago.
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Melissa P
November 10, 2018|
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About 2 hours.
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