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

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Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a 75-minute cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from your onboard guide, an expert in architecture.

Highlights

  • Architecture cruise down the historic Chicago River
  • Discover all three branches of the Chicago River with your guide, an expert in architecture
  • Enjoy the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and admire world-famous architecture
  • See more than 40 buildings including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building and the Aon Center
  • Discover the major events that helped shape the architectural history of Chicago

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What You Can Expect

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Architecture River Cruise in Chicago

Take an architecture cruise down the Chicago River and learn about the city’s famed architecture from your knowledgeable guide. Board your tour at Navy Pier for an exciting journey that takes you down all three branches of the historic Chicago River and past impressive architectural landmarks.

Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings on your cruise including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Aon Center, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), the IBM Building and more. Your guide, an expert in architecture, will recount the two major events that helped shape the architectural history of the city. Learn about how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized how homes were built, and hear the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871. Both of these milestones led Chicago to become one of the cradles of modern American architecture.

Along the scenic 75-minute route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). This river tour provides the best advantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and marvel at world-famous architecture while learning about Chicago's fascinating history.

For a full list of Chicago architectural wonders seen on this tour, see the Itinerary section below.

Itinerary

Itinerary: On the Chicago architecture cruise, you will see and learn about the following landmarks:
  • Navy Pier
  • Lake Point Tower
  • Aon Center
  • John Hancock Center
  • Cityfront Center
  • Illinois Center
  • NBC Tower
  • Chicago Tribune Tower
  • London Guarantee Building333 North Michigan Building
  • 401 North Michigan
  • Wrigley Building
  • 35 East Wacker
  • Leo Burnett Building
  • IBM Building
  • Marina City
  • • RR Donnelley Center
  • • LaSalle-Wacker Building
  • • 222 North LaSalle
  • • Central Office Building
  • Merchandise Mart
  • 333 West Wacker, Montgomery Ward Complex
  • River Cottages, Merchandise Mart
  • Fulton House
  • 225 West Wacker
  • Boeing World Headquarters
  • Civic Opera Building
  • AT&T Corporate Center
  • USG Building
  • Riverside Plaza
  • Citicorp Center
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Central US Post Office
  • US Post Office Central Processing and Distribution Center
  • 311 South Wacker
  • River City

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic tour - a 'must' for anyone visiting Chicago.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We loved the tour! Sarah our tour guide was awesome and hilarious. Purchasing tickets online was a snap. Great learning history of my old hometown. Thanks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This trip was an excellent introduction to Chicago.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a group of ten friends take this trip, and without exception everyone thought it was fabulous . Our tour guide was outstanding - both extremely knowledgeable and entertaining.

R. Donegan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was wonderful, and I suggest any visitor to Chicago take it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable,
but talked a bit fast and gave too many numbers...heights of buildings, etc. I'm not an architect, otherwise it would have been useful information. The other good thing is that these tours leave from the Navy Pier, a good location to scout around for tourists.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Was a awesome tour. Can't wait to do it again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had visitors in from Arizona and we decided to show them a little taste of Chicago by taking the tour. Other than the very cool temps. the tour was delightful. The guide was informative and very pleasant and the pre trip pictures were a nice touch and souvenir.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide Victor was knowledgeable and passionate about the Chicago architecture. Our family had a great time seeing the city from the water and learning about the beautiful Chicago skyline. Tour time of 75 minutes was the perfect amount of time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was fantastic - very knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour was the perfect length and very organized. Highly recommend, definitely a must-do attraction.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great trip. Our tour guide made it the best. Would definitely do it again.

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