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Discover Chicago's world-renowned architecture during this 75-minute tour. Board a comfortable river boat for a cruise on the Chicago River, viewing landmarks like the Willis Tower and the Tribune Tower while listening to engaging commentary from your guide. Then board a speedboat for an exciting ride up the shore of Lake Michigan for views of Grant Park, the Chicago Harbor and the Museum Campus.

Highlights

  • 75-minute river and lake cruise
  • Explore the city through the historic Chicago locks and up the Chicago River
  • Enjoy up-close views of all the famous bridges of the Chicago River
  • Hear fascinating stories about the city’s most famous buildings including the Tribune Building and Willis Tower
  • Experience a thrilling speedboat ride along Lake Michigan

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What You Can Expect

Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

Chicago Architecture Tour and Speedboat Ride and Lake Michigan

Make your way to Navy Pier to meet your guide and tour group. Board the river boat for the first portion of the tour, a relaxing cruise up the Chicago River.

Pass the Tribune Tower and the Willis Tower, among dozens of other landmark buildings. Learn about Chicago's architectural history, including its pioneering role in the popularity of skyscrapers from your guide. Hear how the flow of the Chicago River was reversed, a feat of modern engineering. Ride through the historic locks that separate the Chicago River from Lake Michigan.

After the leisurely river cruise, board a speedboat for a high-speed ride along the shores of Lake Michigan with views of the spectacular Chicago city skyline. Pass the Museum Campus, home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum. Zip along the edge of Grant Park, which features the impressive Buckingham Fountain and then admire views of the Chicago Harbor.

Return to your starting point at Navy Pier after your 75-minute tour.

Customer Reviews

Stephen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour, had jets from the air show flying overhead. The view of Chicago skyline from blast along the lake was fantastic.

Alexander S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent! Knowable guide and very pleasant ride

crystalerskine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our family really enjoyed this tour. It was fun and informative. The description made it sound like you are on 2 different boats for each portion of the tour - lake and river. We were only on the speedboat for both parts of the tour. It was great, but a bit confusing since the description said differently. Our guide Andy was super fun. Book this tour now, you will be glad you did!

Albert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The trip was fantastic, even on a rainy day. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny.
The whole crew was helpful and polite.

Juan Pablo B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Never go wrong with an arquitectural tour and going out to the lake is a beautiful scenery you will enjoy !,!,

denise131060

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Brilliant lots of info given
Speed boat ride fun however not as much fun as the EXTREME sea dog one !! - run by the same company so we just tagged it on after the other trip
Highly recommend both

Craig S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a great trip on a beautiful day. The speedboat trip on the lake was neat and the description of the architecture throughout downtown was interesting

Joletta Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Outstanding! Left in time, arrived in time. Andrew, the guide, was both funny and informative. Speeding in the lake was fun but was most impressed with the time spent on the river. Learned a lot about the city. Great time!

Joletta Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Outstanding! Comfy, clean boat with great seating. Fun time speeding on the lake. Favorite part was the amount of time spent on the river in the city. Learned a lot and had great view. Andrew, our guide, was funny and informative. Great time!

Ronald T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Knowledgable guide discussing Chicsgo architecture, then thrill ride out into Lake Michigan. Wonderful!

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