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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.

Locations visited
Chicago River
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
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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.

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
  • Prebook this must-do Chicago activity, which frequently sells out
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Reviewed yesterday
Amazingly informative, Would recommend to anyone!

This was a last minute activity for me while I was in Chicago for a conference. Thought I'd wander down to the Navy Pier and see what fun stuff there was to do and Wow I'm so glad I did! The tour was so much...More

Thank brett b
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Great way to spend an afternoon.

Really enjoyable afternoon cruise. Just long enough to see all the best sights of Chicago without taking up half a day. Good boats with bar and toilets. Our guide was Jim who was very knowledgeable and a good guy. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed yesterday
Amazing trip, wonderful tour guide!

Took the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise yesterday - it was GREAT! They were organized and efficient and our tour guide Victor was AMAZING - super knowledgeable and passionate about architecture and history, his enthusiasm and eloquence made for a memorable way to observe the stunning...More

Thank Cathy N
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Well worth the time & money

My friend bought tickets and honestly I wasn’t excited about the tour. Was pleasantly surprised of the beauty riding the river through downtown Chicago. Tour guide did an excellent job of giving history and timelines of the buildings on the waterway. This is a tour...More

Thank Mike1456
Reviewed yesterday
Informative

Chris was an outstanding guide. Very knowledgeable and informative. Loved seeing TRUMP Tower Hotel and the history behind so many landmarks of downtown Chicago.

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