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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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

One of our favorite things we did during our 3 day trip! A must!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very cool, our guide told great stories and the views were awesome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great Tour Guide, Wonderful, Well worth the cost, Had a GREAT experience !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was very informative and the views were fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our family had an enjoyable on this boat tour. The history of the buildings in the heart of Chicago was fascinating --as told by our guide. He did a great job!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

You must go. You will get a true sense of the cityscape and how amazing it is. The Tour Guide had a plethora of information and was very professional. In addition,you board at the base of the Pier so after a great cruise you can dine and walk to see the Lake. Great Experience all around.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was wonderful we loved every minute. Thanks for a great time. The Potterfield Family

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour! Guide was funny and captured your attention all times.

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