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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

Chicago, United States
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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered 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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A Must Do in Chicago
, Jul 2019
I was blown away at how beautiful the city is cruising down the Chicago River. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we got so lucky we picked a gorgeous day to cruise. A bit hot with the sun beaming, but that made for stunning photos. I am a Chicagoan and this was my first time and had to ask myself why have I never taken this cruise. I highly recommend taking this cruise line. Drinks and liquor is available with corn purchase. Water and cookies is complimentary. Tip : bring sunscreen and a hat. It’s super sunny with no shade.
Very educational and fun experience
, Jul 2019
Great way to see the Chicago skyline from the river. Very educational and relaxing. Would highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the city.
Knowledgeable tour guide
, Jul 2019
I haven't taken this tour in over 10 years and learned more the 2nd time around.! Easy to book and refreshments on hot day were appreciated.
Great tour of the buildings and river
, Jul 2019
Detailed knowledgeable explanations of the history of the architecture in the city. It is fascinating. Kids enjoyed it. Adults enjoyed it.
Great excursion!
, Jun 2019
Did the 90 minute architect tour of the Chicago river. Very interesting but also entertaining enough to keep an 11 year old engaged
Excellent Tour
Yulya I
, Jun 2019
The Chicago skyline is stunning, but if you want highlights, information, and anecdotes about some of the building take this tour. The boat was clean. There were free snacks (hot chocolate, tea, cookies). The tour guide was passionate and informative about the city. You could tell she was proud to be a Chicago resident. This was a highlight of our visit. She also pointed out additional points of interest along the riverwalk and the city in general. Highly recommended. The day we went on the tour it was foggy, but that did not impact our enjoyment of the tour.
, Jun 2019
The knowledge shared by the historian on Architecture in Chicago for me was great. My Gsons 16&14 loved it. I’ve known a lot of Chi. Buildings lived Chicago most of my life. The river tour was a whole different perspective
Buildings from a different point of view
, May 2019
Excellent information while seeing impressive architecture from a completely different vantage point. Historical and current information blended in the narrative to make the time fly by. Highly recommend
Great way to see Chicago
, Apr 2019
Loved this tour!! Our tour guide was wonderful kept us well informed of all the buildings we were passing
A knowledgeable and engaging docent made the trip a real delight
, Mar 2019
Our spunky guide, Judith, knew everything about the architecture and history of her beloved Chicago. The tour was a real delight.

Product code: 32280P1

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