4.5 star rating: Recommended 87 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.

Highlights

  • 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

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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Everything was great! We had the Girls' Rule boat with docent Grace who was terrific...extremely knowledgable and articulate and funny! My 8 year old granddaughter thought it was particularly special that the captain and first mate were also ladies. We would definitely do this again! Liz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a FANTASTIC trip! Grace was amazing, the boat was great, we learned a lot.
The Seadog is great and the staff if superb.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Perfect tour. Thanks for your great service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great tour! Michael our tour guide was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our Seadog boat trip was great. The guide was very informative and entertaining.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our younger son, who would not have had the patience for or the interest in the regular Architecture Foundation river tour, loved this tour - as did we. Our guide was very good - young, enthusiastic and knowledgeable - and was great with the guests. This tour is the right balance of excitement and information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

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