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

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's world-famous architecture on this 75-minute tour. With commentary from your expert onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than forty notable buildings like the Aon Center, the Wrigley Building and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).

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

Make your way to either Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue for your cruise's departure, depending on departure schedule selected at time of booking. 

Board your river cruise boat and find a comfortable seat, there are options on several decks, and a restroom and sometimes a full bar are available on the boat. Listen as your knowledgeable guide, an architecture expert, gives you an introduction to the city's famous architectural reputation. 

Along the scenic 75-minute route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. A boat on the river is the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline.

Pass by more than forty distinctive buildings, including the the Aon Center, the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) the Wrigley Building, and the IBM Building. Listen as your guide recounts 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.

Your cruise ends at its starting point. 

Please see the Itinerary section below for a full list of buildings on the tour. 

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

Andrew M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great boat and host - very amusing and knowledgeable. I think this is probably the best introduction to Chicago that you can get.

Guillermo R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

this was awesome...thank you so much for the experience.. i can't wait to repeat it!

Ted L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was the highlight of our Chicago visit! The narrator was lively and informative, the views from the river were beyond spectacular. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone planning a Chicago visit.

Debra J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The tour was fantastic! Had a wonderful time.

HUMBERTO B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Beautiful ride w/ amazing sightseeing !!!

Hector R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent service, very knowledgeable of Chicago's history and good drinks.

Ann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a great time even with a little rain!!

Valerie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I loved this tour! Guide was knowledgeable and fun. Very interesting information and beautiful scenic ride. It was perfect for a teenage son, mother and grandma. Grandma's knee problems slowed her down and made it hard for her to walk around so this was ideal. Thank you very much!!

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a beautiful day and our leader was so very knowledgeable. He was funny and informative. He made the cruise special!!

DeeDee B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I was a fun way to see the city from a different angle! The tour guide had lots of interesting information. Snacks, adult beverages, and bathrooms were available for those in need. The only negative point I have was that while we were waiting to leave, the exhaust was blowing on us. I got off the boat until just before we were ready to pull out.

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