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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 local 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

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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 knowledgeable 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 an exciting 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

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!

Bonnie V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I had an amazing time on the speedboat cruise!!! All the beautiful buidings that you get to see on this cruise is worth the price.

Frank A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was an adventure we won't soon forget. We liked being out in the open without a huge crowd on the boat. We felt like we saw everything we wanted to and our guide, Charlie, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions and even take pictures for us. The speed boat trip was a nice addition although it was cold with the wind in mid October! Great way to spend our 33rd wedding anniversary and I got some great pictures!

Sharon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

OH my gosh this was so much more than we thought. GREAT experience, and we will definitely do it again! The architecture information was so interesting, and everything so beautiful! We went on the 5:15 one, so it was a perfect combination of daytime and sunset sightseeing. I love how well you can see all the buildings unencumbered by people and traffic. This is the BEST way to see how gorgeous Chicago is! I just wish it had been even longer! The high-speed ride up and down the lake was soooo fun and sooo beautiful. It was the best time we had on our Chicago trip!

christopher b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is a great tour through downtown Chicago. that ends with a speed boat ride along the lake. I went at 7, and the night lights are amazing. There was a firework show that capped it off, and its a sit to see from the lake. well worth the money,and cheep. If you're looking for something to do, this is it.

Steven E United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The River cruise was great. The Captain and his mates did a fine job of driving and narrating. I would recommend this activity for ALL who visit the Windy City. Superb.

Ken K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tour guide was excellent. It was a great experience.

Kristina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

FANTASTIC!! Very informative and SO much FUN!!

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