5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

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  • Location:Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration:75 minutes (approx.)

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour by Night

See Chicago by night and learn about its rich architectural history on a 75-minute evening sightseeing cruise along the Chicago River. Explore three branches of the famous waterway while ogling the city’s skyline and landmarks, all impressively illuminated by night. Sights of roughly 40 iconic buildings are included such as Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and the John Hancock Center, and the onboard guide — an architectural expert — will explain their history throughout the cruise.


  • 75-minute Chicago architecture and sightseeing cruise at night
  • Cruise along all three branches of the Chicago River
  • See roughly 40 Chicago landmarks including the Wrigley Building and John Hancock Center
  • Learn about the city’s skyline and development from an architectural expert guide
  • Hear about major events that shaped Chicago’s architectural history

What You Can Expect

Chicago Architecture Boat Tour by Night

See Chicago's lit-up landmarks at night!

Hop aboard your night sightseeing cruise at Navy Pier in Chicago and set off on your journey that takes in the three branches of the historical Chicago River. As the city skies darken, Chicago’s architectural landmarks twinkle with lights, casting impressive reflections on the river as you cruise.

Have your camera ready to capture illuminated sights of the city’s finest buildings including the IBM Building, John Hancock Center, Wrigley Building, Aon Center, Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and more. Sights of around 40 impressive building are included on the route and your onboard guide will explain their features as you cruise. See the Itinerary for a full list of the landmarks that are passed.

As well as hearing lesser-known facts about Chicago’s architecture, learn about two major events that shaped the city’s architectural history. Discover how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized the way that homes were built, and hear of the dramatic story of Chicago’s rise after the Great Fire of 1871. These pivotal events led to Chicago being known as the cradle of modern architecture.

Look out for nighttime views of the skyscrapers designed by world-famous architects such as Miles van der Rohe and Helmut Jahn,and hear how Chicago’s skyline has developed over the years into the impressive sight that it is today.

After 75-minutes of cruising around the Chicago River, return to Navy Pier where your evening sightseeing cruise finishes.


Sights Include:
  • 222 North LaSalle
  • 225 West Wacker
  • 311 South Wacker
  • 333 North Michigan Building
  • 333 West Wacker, Montgomery Ward Complex
  • 35 East Wacker
  • 401 North Michigan
  • Aon Center
  • AT&T Corporate Center
  • Boeing World Headquarters
  • Central Office Building
  • Central US Post Office
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Chicago Tribune Tower
  • Citicorp Center
  • Cityfront Center
  • Civic Opera Building
  • Fulton House
  • IBM Building
  • Illinois Center
  • John Hancock Center
  • Lake Point Tower
  • LaSalle-Wacker Building
  • Leo Burnett Building
  • London Guarantee Building
  • Marina City
  • Merchandise Mart
  • Navy Pier
  • NBC Tower
  • River City
  • River Cottages, Merchandise Mart
  • Riverside Plaza
  • RR Donnelley Center
  • US Post Office Central Processing and Distribution Center
  • USG Building
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
  • Wrigley Building

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Informative and entertaining!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Chicago at night is gorgeous!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent trip. Seeing Chicago by learning about its architecture on an evening cruise was a new experience. It is an entirely different and delightful perspective of Chicago. Wonderful evening and well worth it!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour and a knowledgeable guide. definitely worth it and wish it was longer.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved this, everyone should see Chicago this way!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Even my kids, in their early 20's loved this tour. Great for the whole family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It's an excellent way to see the architecture of Chicago. I've been to Chicago well over a 100 times, but never spent the time to learn about the city's amazing architecture. The guide Victor was awesome. He told us 10 hours worth of quality information in 75 minutes. He spoke fast, but clear. I couldn't believe we were on the boat for 75 min, the time flashed by.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a wonderful tour and well worth it for the money! The tour guide Victor is very knowledgeable and gave us a wonderfully entertaining show. The 75 minutes flew by ....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very interesting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was beautiful and relaxing cruise. The city lights were amazing

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