From USD $ 33.60 View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Advertisement
Advertisement
Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this 75-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).

Highlights

  • 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

Recent Photos of This Tour

What You Can Expect

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Architecture River Cruise in Chicago

Make your way to either Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue for your cruise departure. Board your river boat and find a comfortable seat on one of the decks; 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 75-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.

Itinerary

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

Customer Reviews

Irene G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour is a must when in Chicago! Our tour guide Jim was knowledgeable friendly and very informative.

Mary A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We set sail 10 minutes late and docked 10 minutes late. We had a very entertaining tour guide, with jokes appropriate for children and adults read-through-the-lines-type-jokes. She was appropriate and was able to provide work-arounds for buildings obscured by construction along the River Walk. Bathrooms were available on the boat and very clean. We did not use the bar, but a full bar was available. I wish I had remembered sun block, but you can sit inside when you cannot take the heat. Overall, must-not-miss and will change as more buildings are under construction. Get there early for your choice of seating, and bring snacks if you have little ones. Small children might not be as entertained by tour. Cannot wait to visit again!

CANDACE Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

it was so great and the hostess was amazing...its a must when visiting chicago

Pam C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I'm not a big architecture buff, but this tour was great. Tour guide was very good. Nice and new way to see the city.

Catherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a fabulous time!! A must for everyone interested in history and architecture. One tip would be to wear a hat...you are in full sun on a sunny day, of course

Leanne M B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing tour! I never thought I'd be interested much in architecture, but it was fascinating and very well presented!

Maylin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I recommend taking the cruise when the sun is starting to set I took mine at 7:15 in the July. It was absolutely beautiful and our tour guide was hilarious and knowledgable. I will be doing the cruise again on another visit to Chicago.

Alcohol is available on the river cruise, but since I bought my ticket online I didn't know about this. I then had to hop out of line to go purchase a ticket to get a drink. I'm still confused to why that had to be done but it was super painless nonetheless.

Robbin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Was very interesting and informative. Was a great way to see and understand the city and it's layout. Helped us decide where and what we wanted to do for the rest of our trip. Totally worth the price.

Carol B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great experience and a wonderful way to spend a HOT afternoon. The guide was fantastic!

PB F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Guide Dave was amazing ... very knowledgeable and passionate

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message