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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago, United States
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1 hour (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat 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).
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-flexible, 75-minute cruise runs more than 20 times daily from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue.
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.


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

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jun 2019

Went on this tour with my 11 year old daughter, guide made it enjoyable and interesting for all ages.

Sandra C
, May 2019

This was my 3rd or 4th Chicago River Architectural cruise and was definitely the best. Our guide/docent, John, loves Chicago, the river and the architecture. He was wonderful.

Chuck B
, May 2019

Although architecture really isn't my area of interest, the host of the tour made it interesting, humorous and engaging...more than I thought I'd be. The fact that it was a beautiful day and I could sit down, rather than walking for more than an hour didn't hurt either. Reasonably priced and a nice way to see the city.

Anne Y
, May 2019

This was an awesome experience. Highly recommended. We had a beautiful day to enjoy. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

betty h
, May 2019

An informative tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable and kept the tour interesting. It takes you along the Chicago River so you get a nice view of all the buildings there. No problem with the tickets purchased from The meeting point is easy to find.

Michael F
, May 2019

Excellent tour
The tour guides knowledge of Chicago architecture was outstanding, presented with humour, making the tour enjoyable

Miss Rachael L W
, Apr 2019

First of all - due to concerns about the weather, we wanted to change the date/time of our pre-booked tour and the company was brilliant - no fuss, no bother, just "yes, no problem". So I've bumped up the review to 5 stars for the service. The tour itself was great - our guide was very knowledgeable, clearly interested in his subject and full of enthusiasm, which meant that he carried his audience with him even if they weren't initially all that interested in architecture! We learned lots about architecture, the city and the river, and I would highly recommend this tour.

Kelly S
, Apr 2019

Very enjoyable and informative. Perfect for all ages. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Worth the money for sure, it was a cold day but the warm tea and hot chocolate available to purchase helped keep us warm!

kathy l
, Apr 2019

Absolutely loved the architectural tour! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and we learned so much! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Chicago.

Ashlee D
, Apr 2019

Fabulous overview of the story and style of Chicago's skyline seen by the best vantage point of a river cruise. Very clear, easy to follow and informative.

Product code: 5580ARC

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