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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

Chicago, United States
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


See the towers, piers and iconic landmarks along the Chicago River on an architectural tour through the heart of the city. Enjoy complimentary refreshments on deck as you cruise down the historic waterway, while listening to fun stories and facts throughout the tour. Spot gargoyles that keep watch high above the city, and buildings that range from Neoclassical to Art Deco. Take in over fifty sites from Lake Point Tower to the Navy Pier, and see the Second City from the water.
  • Architecture-focused boat tour on the Chicago River
  • Spot the architectural gems of the city
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • See a different side of Chicago
  • Tour is wheelchair accesible
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Enjoy beverages and treats while you learn about architecture on this 1.5-hour Chicago River cruise.

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Chicago Cruise
, Nov 2019
We visited Chicago for the Bear Greenbay game and thought we would see some of the sites. This was a great way to see Chicagos highlights - we had a wonderful time
Chicago Architectural Cruise
, Nov 2019
Absolutely wonderful trip down the river. So many more new buildings and structures than when we lived there 12 years ago. The tour guide provide so much information as well as anecdotal comments to liven up the cruise. Would reccomend this adventure to anyone living in the area as well as visitors to the city.
Very knowledgeable tour guide
, Oct 2019
An excellent river cruise and guide. The ticket office is close by and has complimentary coffee, tea and water. The cruise was 1 1/2 hours and it was a great way to see many of the well known buildings in Chicago.
Very nice river cruise
, Oct 2019
This is a nice cruise with good narration of all the buildings up and down the River. It can be chilly so dress warm.
, Oct 2019
This was one of two cruises available and was well worth it. The guide was so knowledgeable and interesting, giving both history and his opinion as we went along. Well worth the cost.
Great introduction to Chicago
, Oct 2019
A great introduction to Chicago. Knowledgeable guide, nice people in the ticket office. Highly recomended..
An Amazing History Lesson!
Keith R
, Oct 2019
Our guide was an absolute wealth of knowledge: architecture, history, etc. Arrive early to get a good seat. Definitely pay attn to their directions as they are NOT on Navy Pier. Excellent value!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you kindly, Keith!! Hope to see you sail with us in the future! And thank you for the note about location!! :)
Our Chicago River Cruise.
, Oct 2019
Lynn, our docent/guide was excellent and very familiar with the area. She was born and raised in Chicago, and had a wealth of knowledge on the architects and their style. She also provided information and recommendations on visiting various buildings in person. We would take the tour again.
Amazing experience!!!
, Oct 2019
Our guide was so knowledgeable!!!!!! The whole crew was so kind and professional!!!!!!! Thanks so much for such a great experience, we will be back!
Chicago cruise
, Oct 2019
I went with my daughter and husband on the cruise and we all loved it. Very informative and entertaining The visit does not have a selection that suits us, my husband and I attended with our adult daughter who was in Chicago for a training session. so I picked solo

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