• Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)
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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.


  • 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

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

Balasubramanya N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Very well conducted tour. Takes you round the important landmarks of the city.The tour guide , Steven, was a bright young fellow , well informed with facts and figures and made the tour very interesting. The last part of the tour was extremely exciting! They take you onto Lake Michigan and drive at high speed which almost gives one the feeling of travelling on a speed boat!!

Marilyn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

The cruise on the river and speedboat ride on the lake are great fun. If the weather is cool, be sure to have a heavier jacket, hat, and gloves.

Judith M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our boat ride was a blast! We did the boat ride in the evening before my birthday dinner, and it was a hit, the weather was perfect!!!!!

Ashwin India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Amazing tour! Had a good time cruising in Chicago River. The Guide was awesome. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Such a fun guide and worthwhile tour!!! I will be recommending it to all my friends. Fun speeding our way into Lake Michigan and entertaining stories of area history.

Taryn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very educational and beautiful sights


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour...cold, overcast, and windy day but that didn't stop us! Andy, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and entertaining!

Charlotte C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Had a Great time on this tour!!! Our tour guide made for a very enjoyable time. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago.

Jill S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

It was great! A trip highlight, with a fun speed ride on the lake, great tour of Chicago architecture and super team.

Sharon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great trip on the river, especially cool at night time! Our tour guide was awesome!!

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