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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this 60-minute tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 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).
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-flexible, 1-hour cruise runs more than 20 times daily from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue.
Make your way to either Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue for your cruise departure. Board your river boat and find a comfortable seat; a restroom and sometimes a full bar are available on the boat. Listen as your guide, an architecture expert, gives you an introduction to the city's landmarks. 

Along the scenic 60-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 40 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.

Please note: all tours through March 31, 2019 are 60 minutes in length.  All tours beginning April 1, 2019 are 75 minutes in length.


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


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Oct 2018

Great tour of the city. Tour guide was excellent. So many interesting buildings. I would say this is a must for any visit.

, Oct 2018

A really great way to see the city and learn about Chicago history. Our guide was FABULOUS!!!!!!!Taking the 12;30 PM cruise was perfect, enjoyed the Navy Pier and then the cruise. The staff was excellent!!

, Oct 2018

It's a great tour!

, Oct 2018

It was a foggy day but still gorgeous. The guide was very knowledgeable. I saw and learned a lot about Chicago in a short period of time. Highly recommend!

, Oct 2018

A great way to see the different buildings of the city!! Staff and boat crew were great!! Docent was very knowledgeable.

, Oct 2018

This was a gem! We are thrilled we did this tour. It was informative, pleasant and interesting. The buildings are fantastic, our guide was outstanding, and the boats are smooth, clean and fun! We will definitely do this again when we return to Chicago!

, Oct 2018

Very entertaining and informative.

, Sep 2018

We had a wonderful tour of the architectural view of the city. Our guide was well informed and interesting

, Sep 2018

Jim our tour guide was great! Stephanie at Giardellis wants to meet him to confirm that he’s real! Great tour!

, Sep 2018

The Guide on our tour was so knowledgeable and fluent that it made it just a great informative and enlightening experience, BRAVO

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