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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour provided by Tours and Boats

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 14/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 14/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Marvel at the magnificent architecture on the Chicago River with expert tour guides! All ages welcome. Each architecture river tour is narrated by a professional guide which leads passengers down the Chicago River to discover the city’s most renowned landmarks. In addition to historical insight on well known structures such as the Civic Opera House, Trump Tower & the Merchandise Mart, passengers will also get a chance to learn about current and upcoming developments. The Chicago River Cruise navigates the three primary branches of the river including the main branch to Navy Pier, the north branch to Goose Island and the south branch to Chinatown.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    900 S Wells St
    900 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    Please enter 900 S Wells Chicago, IL 60607 to your GPS for directions to the boat dock. Go through the parking lot behind the River City condominium building. The parking lot is located across from the soccer field on 9th St and Wells.
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  • Pass by
    Wrigley Building
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Aqua Tower
    Chicago Chinatown
    Merchandise Mart
    Navy Pier
  • You'll end at
    900 S Wells St
    900 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    Please enter 900 S Wells Chicago, IL 60607 to your GPS for directions to the boat dock. Go through the parking lot behind the River City condominium building. The parking lot is located across from the soccer field on 9th St and Wells.
    See address & details
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Important Information
Departure Point
900 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Restroom on board
  • Outside seating available
  • Seating is first come first serve basis
  • Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
  • Fully enclosed interior with air conditioning, seats, & windows
  • Approx. $10 discounted parking lot connected to marina
Exclusions
  • Full bar & snacks (available for purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Discounted parking is for as low as $10
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Tour times cannot be changed
  • Cruises are on rain or shine
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Please arrive 30 min before your cruise time
  • Seating is first come first serve. If you have a large group, arrive early
  • Child Ticket (5 and under) is for free but needs a registered ticket
  • Group Rates, Military, Veteran, First Responders, Senior and Student Discounts available on our main ticketing page
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Vessel has full bar and restroom
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Ruben wrote a review Oct 2020
San Diego, California10 contributions
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My brother and I took this tour as we were both visiting for an extended weekend. We loved every minute of it. Easy to find and everyone was super nice. They took every precaution and mentioned all current Covid rules from the start. The Captain, who happens to be very funny,
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Date of experience: October 2020
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ChiGal wrote a review Sep 2020
Chicago, Illinois22 contributions25 helpful votes
The tour was very interesting and the views were great. Our guide, David, was very knowledgeable and his delivery was fabulous. I've lived in Chicago for 35 years and had never been on this tour. I will definitely go again.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Kurt M
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Interesting & Enjoyable
We were visiting friends who'd recently moved to Chicago. They'd never been on the river architecture tour so we d
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CassieCal
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Amazing, even as a Chicagoan!
This was, by far, the best Boat Tour I’ve been on. I am from the Chicagoland area, so I wasn’t expecting much, but
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Emyycheng
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Informative and interesting!
This was a wonderful way to see the city of Chicago! We lucked out with perfect weather and spent about 90 minutes
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JinalRocks
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Fantastic Tour
The tour was amazing. The staff and crew were extremely nice. The tour guide was very educated. The parking was
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McVicarnz
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First time visiting Chicago
We sat upstairs on the boat, listening to the young man tell us about the city's building and their history. His kn
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Terry P
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Perfect Architecture Tour
We signed up for the architecture tour after reading other reviews and they were spot on. Boat ride was great. We s
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108Lexi
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Just Okay
Somewhat disappointed. I tried to manage expectations so it wasn't a total bust. Our tour guide Shawn was certainly
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chicagotoots
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Great tour
Adam was really knowledgeable and gave an informative tour of the buildings along the river. He didn’t use any no
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queenofhearts98
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We had a great time
Hillary was fantastic! Boat was clean. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Beautiful day on the water.
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Ruokkt
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Don’t Miss This Tour!
If you could do only one tourist activity, pick this one! Our Uber dropped us off right st the dock where we boarde
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tamischaafsma27
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Informative and Entertaining
We found this tour on Groupon and decided to take a chance. So glad we did! Both the captain were great! Just the r
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1214jaes
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HIGHLY recommended
The speaker was fantastic and knowledgeable, and the price was perfect - ended up being $76 for two people with the
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Alliegirld
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FANTASTIC experience!
We booked this tour through Groupon and we were not disappointed. Our docent, Hillary (with two l’s), was incredibl
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J8613KUmichelleh
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Architectural tour
I loved it! The tour guide was excellent! He knew information in details of the buildings and bridges. I could ev
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John R
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Place this on your to do list.
There are many activities to choose from when you visit the Windy City. We have done many of them over the years. W
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 30m
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  • Languages Offered: English
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