• Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)
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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

cmej1957 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

So Beautiful, instructive, Relaxant ! You have to do it !

SB

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Liked it a lot!

Taylor W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The Architecture River Cruise was one of the highlights of our trip to Chicago! The tour was very informative, the tour guide was very personable and funny, and seeing the city from the river and the bay was fantastic. Some of the riverboats from some of the companies are basically barges with no enclosure at all, so on cool or rainy days it would be miserable to be in the open. The day we did the tour it was about 48 degrees out so we made sure the boat we went on had an enclosure, which is where we stayed for most of the trip.

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This is a must when touring Chicago. Great way to see the city and learn architecture. I am not really an architect buff but this is interesting to anyone

Raquel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Amazing

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent guide tell us the history and story of the river before and present

Robb V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was the only good thing about the Chicago trip. The tour guide was quite entertaining and professional. The views along the river were phenomenal and the tour lasted a bit longer than expected. I recommend the evening tour for the sunset. Make reservations early however.

Toni M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The river cruise was awesome. Our guide was knowledgeable and made the trip very interesting.

Pamela R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This is a MUST DO if visiting Chicago! Very informative and a great way to see the city. Our guide was funny and gave us good information that we never knew before.

wajma112

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

amazing views and commentary on the various buildings

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