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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).
  • 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

The water is the best vantage point for appreciating Chicago's eclectic architecture, but don't forget a jacket for time on the open water of Lake Michigan. If you want to avoid a flat-rate parking fee or busy lots in the summer, consider grabbing a cab or ride share to the pier.

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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.


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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, Aug 2018

The tour guide was awesome. Funny and knowledgeable. Only issue was that it was too hot, humid and no wind so we were baking hot. That is mother natures doing but I would never do it again on a hot day in the afternoon.

, Aug 2018

Wonderful tour. The guide was very knowledgeable, and the boat well kept. Would recommend to other visitors.

, Aug 2018

The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable! Great tour of buildings and pointing out interesting facts regarding the skyline and architectural style. This should be on everyone's list of things to do in Chicago.

, Aug 2018

My 14 girlfriends and I went on this river cruise and it was the perfect way to see and learn about the city. The tour guide is very knowledgable so make sure to listen up or you'll miss some really interesting fun facts. Most of the boat is exposed, so make sure to wear appropriate attire in the case of rain or direct sunlight. Bartenders were really friendly, though most people weren't utilizing the bar when we went.

, Aug 2018

What a great way to spend a beautiful morning on a relaxing boat ride taking in the beautiful architecture of Chicago. The rich history and architecture was explained in great detail by our fantastic tour guide Rachael. The Captain kept the passengers informed and safe and the friendly bartender made the ride that much sweeter. This was my family's first visit to Chicago and we'll definitely take the tour again next time we're in the windy city for sure! Thank you again!

, Aug 2018

This was a very fun tour and the guide was amazing. This is definitely the 1 tour to do in Chicago.

, Jul 2018

Excellent info. Great tour guide. All kinds of info provided about the buildings. Too bad it was raining.

, Jul 2018

Great tour!! Must see to see inner Chicago downtown and buildings from inner circle.

, Jul 2018

We had some out of town guest from AZ. They couldn't take a lot of walking so this was a great way for them to see the city's landmarks. Our Guide was very good and everyone working on the dock and boat were friendly.

, Jul 2018

The cruise was great! Very informative tour guide who entertained and explained the various styles of architecture in Chicago.

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