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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

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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

Frank B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Diesel Dave was an incredible guide. Definitely ask for him.

Gwen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing!

Alicia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is an awesome ride and highly informative about the Chicago skyline. Seadog was our ship and the crew was amazing. We also had a picture perfect Fall day to enjoy this experience!

Girgis G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

wonderful trip, must see, Charlie the tour guide is knowledgeable and fun, the cruise line cancelled the trip due to the weather , but was able to give us a different date.

Michael B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great time, very informative and great personality.

Jennifer G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was such a great activity! A must see in Chicago! The views were incredible and the tour guide was super friendly and knowledgeable!

Betsy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a great time on this tour!

Donnie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Awesome speed boat ride in beautiful clean Lake Michigan and then a relaxing cruise down the river and enjoying the beautiful architecture that Chicago has to offer. A beautiful night!!

Keith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Relaxing boat cruise. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide. Definitely the highlight of our Chicago trip! Will book it again the next time we're in the city.

Russell N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A great way to see Chicago in the Sun. The tour guide was entertaining and informative and the boat was comfortable. The tour is both educational and fun and I highly recommend this tour for the family.

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