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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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Meg B
, Apr 2019

We had a great boat tour, we learned a lot about the different history and stories of Chicago's skyscrapers as well as a lot about the new river walk plans that are being constructed currently. It was a perfect quick, not too long but not too short kind of touristy thing to do. I highly recommend it!!

Emberly H
, Apr 2019

Ben was so knowledgeable and interesting with the best sense of humor! This was by far the best tour we have been on.

Connie G
, Mar 2019

The Architectural River Cruise was amazing! One of my favorite things to do in Chicago. My first boat ride was as an elementary school student and each time I return to Chicago I choose to book this tour again. So much wonderful information about the city!

Susanne R
, Mar 2019

The guide was very informative! The employees were polite and helpful. Definitely a great tour to take

Jonathan N
, Oct 2018

Great tour of the city. Tour guide was excellent. So many interesting buildings. I would say this is a must for any visit.

James E
, Oct 2018

A really great way to see the city and learn about Chicago history. Our guide was FABULOUS!!!!!!!Taking the 12;30 PM cruise was perfect, enjoyed the Navy Pier and then the cruise. The staff was excellent!!

, Oct 2018

It's a great tour!

Rachel D
, Oct 2018

It was a foggy day but still gorgeous. The guide was very knowledgeable. I saw and learned a lot about Chicago in a short period of time. Highly recommend!

Hazel M
, Oct 2018

A great way to see the different buildings of the city!! Staff and boat crew were great!! Docent was very knowledgeable.

Kathy C
, Oct 2018

This was a gem! We are thrilled we did this tour. It was informative, pleasant and interesting. The buildings are fantastic, our guide was outstanding, and the boats are smooth, clean and fun! We will definitely do this again when we return to Chicago!

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