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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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).
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

See the towers, piers and iconic landmarks along the Chicago River on a 90-minute 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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Viator VIP: Willis Tower Skydeck Early Access, Trolley City Tour and Chicago River Cruise

See Chicago from several angles, including the 103rd floor of Willis (Sears) Tower, where you have early access to the Skydeck. This Viator VIP package — available nowhere else — provides a crowd-free morning overlooking city landmarks from glass-enclosed balconies. Follow up your vista with a 2-hour narrated trolley tour past Grant Park, the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building and more. Finish with an afternoon cruise on the Chicago River and enjoy a complimentary drink as you discover the city's distinctive skyscrapers from an architecture-savvy guide.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$124.00
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Chicago River Architecture Tour

Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a 75-minute cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$39.00
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

A Chicago family tradition since 1935, this is the tour that started it all. This unique excursion tells the story of more than 200 years of fascinating social, cultural and political history, and explores more than a century of groundbreaking architecture. The journey begins with an up-close perspective of Chicago's internationally-known architecture as seen from the Chicago River. Then venture through the Chicago Lock on to the calm, cool waters of Lake Michigan for expansive views of Chicago's extraordinary 26-mile skyline. Take the selfie of a lifetime on this inspirational experience!
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Viator VIP: Architectural River Cruise and Chicago Helicopter Tour

Experience Chicago from the air and the water on this two-part tour that features a river cruise and a helicopter ride above the city. First, take a cruise down the Chicago River to learn about the architectural history of the town. Then, board a state-of-the-art helicopter and fly above the skyline. Both tours are fully narrated and you will see Navy Pier, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower, and more.
  • Duration: 15 to 90 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 15 to 90 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$178.00
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Chicago Land and River Architecture Tour: North and South Shores

Whether you’re short on time or want to orient yourself to Chicago, a 3.5-hour land and river tour is the perfect option. The comprehensive itinerary takes you through both the North and South sides. Listen as your guide tells insider stories about the people who shaped the city. After the land tour, rest your feet and see the city from a unique vantage point during a 90-minute river cruise.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architecture Fireworks Cruise

Take advantage of a rare chance to experience Chicago’s illuminated skyline beneath a fantastic fireworks display. This 90-minute cruise, offered on Wednesday and Saturday evenings all summer, takes you past more than 40 significant works of architecture like the Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Tower, John Hancock Center, and more. Your expert guide shares each building’s story, and the cruise concludes with a stunning view of the fireworks from Navy Pier.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

Take in superlative-worthy views of the beautiful Chicago lakefront and its many landmarks during this 40-minute Lake Michigan sightseeing boat cruise. Climb aboard your vessel for a laid-back ride, enjoying panoramic views of the Windy City's iconic skyline from a unique perspective. Along the way you'll listen to informative commentary and take in views of the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower, along with many other landmarks. Plus feel free to bring your own lunch, along or grab a drink at the on-board bar, during your ride.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Water Taxi Riverwalk Fireworks Cruise

Join Chicago Water Taxi on Wednesday and Saturday nights as we depart from the Riverwalk to view the City’s magnificent fireworks display.No city embraces summer quite like Chicago. Join the celebration with friends and family on this social fireworks cruise featuring City Winery's unique Chicago inspired wine selection. The Riverwalk Fireworks Cruise is aboard the Wendella LTD, Chicago Water Taxi’s flagship vessel.The journey begins at the Chicago Riverwalk, cruises up and down the main branch of the Chicago River, and ends with a spectacular view of the Chicago Fireworks as seen from the Chicago River.
  • Duration: 60 to 75 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 60 to 75 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Fireworks Cruise

Step on board a cruise boat bound for the waters of Lake Michigan, enjoying the sunset from the boat deck. Step up to the cash bar for drinks and snacks and find a place on board for a view of the epic fireworks display. A boat on the lake is the best place for catching the full fireworks spectacle and making great photos and videos.
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Summer Brew Cruise

See the Chicago skyline shine on a special evening cruise down the Chicago River, which offers views of some of Chicago's finest architectural landmarks. Enjoy complimentary beer tastings, creative appetizer pairings, and live music. Additional alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on board.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Land and River Architecture Tour: Historic South Side

See the architecture of Chicago's South Side by both land and on a Chicago River boat tour. Traveling south of the Loop along Michigan Avenue and South Lake Shore Drive, you'll pass by sights such as the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, Jackson Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, and former President Obama's home.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Rock the Yacht: All White Midnight Yacht Party Aboard the Spirit of Chicago

The July 4th celebrations continue onto the weekend aboard this all-white midnight fiesta on #TheLake. A night of drinks, great music, and unmatched views of Chicago’s skyline at its finest. What more could you ask for? Catch us living it up aboard The Spirit of Chicago for the best 4th of July weekend yacht party in ChiTown! Tickets will move fast, so secure your spot on this epic patriotic party cruise before it’s too late.Important information about the event:21+ Event: ID must be shown upon boarding.    Boarding: 11:55 PMDeparting: 1:00 AMReturning: 3:00 AM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Chicago Fireworks Cruise

Enjoy your favorite drink while gazing Chicago’s magnificent architecture and finish your cruise with fabulous light show, at Navy Pier. Enjoy drink specials on board such as $7 Beer, $9 Wine, $10 Mixed Drinks. You can also purchase the optional Bar Package at the Ticket Office upon arrival for $22.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Chicago River Fireworks Cruise

See Chicago the Island Party way. Our floating Tiki Bar offers the opportunity to take in all the sights and sounds as you relax an enjoy a beverage. Have questions about buildings? Our helpful staff will be happy to answer questions.
  • Duration: 75 to 90 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 75 to 90 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Rock the Yacht: Halloween Midnight Yacht Party Aboard the Spirit of Chicago

Gather round ghouls and goblins, because Saturday, Oct 26th, we’re throwing a pre-Halloween midnight yacht party aboard one of ChiTown’s best-kept secrets, The Spirit of Chicago Yacht. Have a ball and sail with us across The Lake on the hottest Halloween boat party Chicago has going on. Tickets to this event will run out fast! So hurry and secure your spot aboard this incredible yacht.Important information about the event:Dress code is optional! You will NOT BE TURNED AWAY at boarding if you are not in costume.21+ Event: ID must be shown upon boarding.    Boarding: 11:30 PMDeparting: 12:00 AMReturning: 2:00 AM
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Chicago Oktoberfest Cruise: Beer, Brats, and Boats

This fun evening cruise will feature a traditional German dinner paired with wonderful Oktoberfest brews. Passengers will also enjoy classic Oktoberfest atmosphere, a souvenir stein along with live music and dancing from the Paloma Band. Festivities will take place on a starlit, two-hour cruise along the Chicago River.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago River Cruise

See Chicago the Island Party way. Our floating Tiki Bar offers you the opportunity to take in all the sights and sounds as you relax an enjoy a beverage. Have questions about buildings? Our helpful staff will be happy to answer questions.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Odyssey Chicago River Architectural Lunch Cruise

Come aboard the Odyssey Chicago River for a delicious, freshly prepared meal while taking in the best views of Chicago's infamous architecture. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your lunch while our guide narrates the scenery along the way. We’ll show you unmatched views of Chicago's world-renowned architectural feats from Marina City and the Merchandise Mart to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Willis Tower and so much more as you dine and dance the day away. * First CourseCaesar Salad* EntreesJumbo Forest Mushroom RavioliMaple & Mustard Glazed Chicken BreastOven Baked Fresh Atlantic Salmon FiletBraised Beef Short Rib* DessertEli’s New York Style CheesecakeDuo of SorbetFreshly Cut Fruit & Strawberries
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tuesday Night Sunset Happy Hour Cruise Aboard the Mystic Blue Yacht

Real party animals don’t wait for the weekend to turn up; no, they know that any and every day gives you the opportunity to let loose. We agree with that sentiment; which is why we throw the hottest Tuesday happy hour Chicago yacht party out there! Come, hop aboard the gorgeous Mystic Blue Yacht for an after work experience that’ll give you everything you need.Important information about the event:21+ Event: ID’s must be shown upon boardingBoarding: 6:00 PMDeparting: 6:30 PMReturning: 8:30 PM
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Original Surf & Turf Tour: A Combination Boat AND Walking Tour!

Our super unique combination of "must see" Chicago sites in one tour — Chicago by boat, by train, and on foot! On this brand new tour route that has been a long-time wish of company founder and award-winning tour guide, Hillary, you will be able to experience Chicago in the best ways possible: by boat on the Chicago River, by “L” from one of Chicago’s fascinating Chinatown neighborhood, and on foot through the center of the city. Inside Chicago Walking Tours calls these new tours “Surf & Turf” tours because you don’t have to worry about choosing a boat tour OR a walking tour: we’re finally giving you both in ONE tour! Come on our newest, most exciting, and most unique tour yet! Let Inside Chicago Walking Tours put their expertise and know-how about the best ways to experience Chicago to use for you, and join us in exploring the best parts of Chicago by boat, by train, and on foot! No need to purchase extra tickets for the boat and train — they’re provided in your ticket price!
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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