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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

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.

Bret K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Highly recommend! Our tour guide Crew aka Andy was both funny and knowledgeable. Great view of the skyline and the lake. Kids loved it.

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


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!

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