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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

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  • 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 (600)
1 - 5 of 462 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
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.

Thank marilynblair
Reviewed 1 week ago
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.

Thank dtelles2016
Reviewed 1 week ago
A great tour and a great intro to Chicago

We really enjoyed our tour, even though it wasn't the warmest of days, and there were a few drops of rain. Our guide was the most knowledgeable person we met on our stay in the city, she was upbeat and fun, and you could hear...More

Thank BenLar137
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Signature Room afterwards

We did this tour, per a local’s recommendation, and they were right. The architecture in Chicago is amazing, and the tour guide gives you an in depth history of it. I strongly recommend doing a morning tour, and then going to eat lunch/dinner at the...More

Thank BrentG266
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tours are always enjoyable . I have been on them 3 times not always the same. Very knowledgeable and gives you a great view of Chicago would highly recommend.

Thank gracestern
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October 12, 2018|
Response from tinopopovic | 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. 😊
Todd W
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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