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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
From US$48.16
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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 3 days ago via mobile
Worth the time and $

We took this river cruise on the spur of the moment and we are so happy we did. The weather was perfect. The views of the city were unbeatable and it was informative. Ben was our cruise director and he did a great job. He...More

Thank uptowndinergirl
Reviewed 3 days ago
Outstanding! Glad we went...

We have been waiting to take this tour once we visited during the summer months. So glad we did, the buildings are amazing and it is so neat to learn the history about the design, etc. The boat is outstanding. Well worth the time and...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 4 days ago
Great Views of the Second City

We have been on several Chicago river tours and always enjoy the experience, with the different guides offering their takes. This was a late afternoon tour actually into Lake Michigan to view the beautiful skyline in addition to the River. Don't miss this on your...More

Thank PhantomRhino
Reviewed 5 days ago
An absolute must!!

I was already smitten with Chicago and its beauty however this cruise took it to a new level. We were expertly looked after by the skipper Caroline and our guide Lynn. Lynn is the perfect guide, passionate about her city and its beautiful architecture and...More

1  Thank _mgwjambo
Reviewed 6 days ago
Speaker issue

We were on the boat tour on Saturday. We got there late and had to sit in the front. The speaker in the front of the boat didn't work. I had to really concentrate to hear anything and was lost when normal city sounds occurred....More

Thank Robert B
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6 September 2018|
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Response from Roy H | Reviewed this property |
You can buy any of the various river cruises at the dock.
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Response from Tonya6425 | Reviewed this property |
I think you can buy day of
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Response from Leigh M | Reviewed this property |
90 minutes. There is a shorter option
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