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
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Enjoy beverages and treats while you learn about architecture on this 1.5-hour Chicago River cruise.
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.
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.
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
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