• Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 43.68 View price calendar

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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

Why Our Insiders Chose 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; 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 NOTE: All tours between 11/27/2017 and 12/31/2017 will be 60 minutes in length

Please see the Itinerary section below for a full list of buildings on the tour.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Caroline T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I highly recommend this tour. I live in Chicago and usually pick CAF tours for my guests. This tour was picked by one of my guest who insisted on it since it was cheaper. I was very impressed. The boat was super comfortable, it departed from a good location (Navy Pier) and the tour guide was pretty funny. The tour itself was more appropriate for people who aren't obsessed with architecture. It is history focus with a few jokes. I truly enjoyed it and it is a good price.

Victoria B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

You will absolutely love this tour!! Informative, relaxing and gorgeous!!

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Dress warmly if you are going in the winter. It is covered but it was so windy and cold.

Clifford L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had an amazing experience with the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise. I would highly recommend them.
We booked the tour through Trip Advisor. It was very easy to do and very straight forward.
The tour company was very friendly and accommodating. Our guide Ben was very good. He had a lot of good information about the history of Chicago and how it got built.

Christina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour of Chicago with views from the river.

Bonnie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very interesting and informative cruise with great Chicago history and insight into the architectural styles of this great city. Guide was fantastic and length of tour was perfect. Highly recommend

Kenneth Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Well worth the time

Anissa C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a great way to learn more about Chicago! Our tour guide was great and very knowledgable. Highly recommend. You do not even have to be an architectural enthusiast to take this tour because there is a lot of history involved as well, but very fascinating to see all the architecture that helps make Chicago's beautiful skyline.

Annie j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

great tour, amazing views. Very cold though come prepared.

Dana H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is the best way to see Chicago all at once! Not only do you get to see some great buildings they throw in a little history too! Loved it!

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