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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 July 2015

Outstanding. Very informative and fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was great even though it was extremely hot. Keven narrated and was so informative and entertaining. By adding his personality we almost forgot about the heat. I would recommend this tour and I would hope you are lucky enough to get Kevin.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour guide alone Victor was worth the . The information he was able to retain and his delivery, including his humor, was unbelievable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour, tour guide was very good and entertaining. Would do this tour again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We loved the tour. The tour guide was very, very good. The only bad thing about it was a group of women behind us were talking over the guide and incessantly. Often I had to strain to hear the guide, with the microphone. They should have been told to not be so loud. they were drunk, I might add.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We love the tour learned interesting facts about Chicago and Javier was excellent - mixed in some great humor with his presentation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Simple booking and excellent service . The tour was informative with impressive knowledge of the architecture in an interesting and engaging way. Toilets and refreshments were great on such a hot day. Would highly recommend .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent - and the guide doing the narration was wonderful - well informed and a bit witty with just the right amount of humor and opinions - best I've heard in a long time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Enlightening!
A must do.
Learned a lot about the city architecture.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The cruise was fantastic, the Guide was very informative on the architecture of the city. I would recommend
It to anyone who wants to get a real feel for the city.

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