4.5 star rating: Recommended 95 Reviews

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  • Location:Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration:75-minutes

Chicago is renowned for its stunning and original architecture, and the most relaxing way to see it is on a cruise on the Chicago River! You'll learn all about Chicago's history and landmarks before the tour's grand finale, a thrilling speedboat ride on Lake Michigan.


  • 75-minute river and lake cruise
  • Explore the city through the historic Chicago locks and up the Chicago River
  • Enjoy up-close views of all the famous bridges of the Chicago River
  • Hear fascinating stories about the city’s most famous buildings including the Tribune Building and Willis Tower
  • Experience a thrilling speedboat ride along Lake Michigan

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What You Can Expect

Best Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

Chicago Architecture Tour and Speedboat Ride and Lake Michigan

From the boat, you'll see and hear about the dozens of skyscrapers lining the Chicago River, including the Sears Tower and the Tribune Tower. From your entertaining guide, you'll learn when and why the flow of the Chicago River was reversed, how Chicago architects pioneered skyscraper construction and a variety of other tales and tidbits of Chicago's history.

Then, for a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, you'll take a thrilling speedboat ride along the lake. From the water, you'll see Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, beautiful Chicago Harbor and Chicago's Museum Campus.

Your best choice for experiencing Chicago, this tour combines a leisurely cruise with an exciting speedboat ride. It's the only tour that takes you from the lakefront, through the historic locks and along the river.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My wife and I had a great time. The tour guide was very friendly as well as the rest of the crew. The tour was spectacular and very informative. We will do it again when we visit Chicago

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was great! We have a 1 year old toddler but she enjoyed the tour too! Highly recommend it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour. Our tour director was very knowledgeable and entertaining! She engaged everyone.

Wonderful time for all ages!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If you are in Chicago, you must take this tour. It is excellent, and the guides are great. Me and my family enjoyed the ride, and benefited from the information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was amazing! He was funny and knowledgable. My family of five had a great time viewing the city from the water.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour guide. The only thing I did not enjoy was sitting in the hot sun waiting for the locks to open and close and the smell of diesel fuel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Perfect activity to get to know the city....Brian our guide was funny energetic .....speeding on the lake was awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent!! The tour guide impressive. The time of the day to take it was perfect. I recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fabulous! We sped along the shoreline and had a great view of the city.We then did the Chicago River part of the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. He was excellent. I would recommend this tour to everyone-in fact I have.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great time on this tour. We were celebrating my granddaughter's 10th birthday with a girl's weekend in Chicago. She loved the tour on Lake Michigan the best. My 2 daughters and I liked both tours. The tour guide was informative and friendly. I would advise this tour to anyone visiting Chicago.

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