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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

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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

Customer Reviews

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent!

Rachel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Really fun, our tour guide was intelligent and funny.

Andrew P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

On time well rehearsed and knowledgeable guide. I was on the competitors tour....no comparison. This is MUCH better

Bridget L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was amazing. I saw so much. I would recommend that anyone who has never been to Chicago to take this River tour Cruise because you will see a lot and it was well worth while. The young man that hosted the Architectural tour was very knowledgeable and that is what really made the tour so amazing. He deserves a promotion. I wish I could have remembered his name. I was very pleased. You will not be disappointed for going on this tour.

elizabethvarin1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very informative...really enjoyed it!

Giesel V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a great tour. Really got to learn about the city's architecture while enjoying a nice ride through the river. Highly recommend this.

Jennifer C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour and knowledgeable and entertaining guide.

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour guide who combined humor and history in his commentary. Interesting to see the beautiful Chicago architecture from the river side.

Melissa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Worth every penny! Beautiful tour with a very well informed tour guide, we learned a lot. Highly recommended activity to do while in the windy city!

Cynthia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour, very educational

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