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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Take an architecture cruise down the Chicago River and learn about the city’s famed architecture from your knowledgeable guide. Board your tour at Navy Pier for an exciting journey that takes you down all three branches of the historic Chicago River and past impressive architectural landmarks.

Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings on your cruise including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Aon Center, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), the IBM Building and more. Your guide, an expert in architecture, will recount the two major events that helped shape the architectural history of the city. Learn about how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized how homes were built, and hear the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871. Both of these milestones led Chicago to become one of the cradles of modern American architecture.

Along the scenic 75-minute route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). This river tour provides the best advantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and marvel at world-famous architecture while learning about Chicago's fascinating history.

For a full list of Chicago architectural wonders seen on this tour, see the Itinerary section below.

  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Family friendly
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
Customer Reviews
  • Robb V
    December 2017

    This was the only good thing about the Chicago trip. The tour guide was quite entertaining and professional. The views along the river were phenomenal and the tour lasted a bit longer than expected. I recommend the evening tour for the sunset. Make reservations early however.

  • Toni M
    December 2017

    The river cruise was awesome. Our guide was knowledgeable and made the trip very interesting.

  • Pamela R
    December 2017

    This is a MUST DO if visiting Chicago! Very informative and a great way to see the city. Our guide was funny and gave us good information that we never knew before.

Product Details
  • 75-minute guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All boats have full restrooms and some have a full bar
  • Some boats are single deck vessels, the type of vessel you are placed on cannot be guaranteed
  • Wheelchairs or other walking assistance equipment are not provided.
  • Tour times cannot be changed.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • PLEASE NOTE: All tours between 11/27/2017 and 12/31/2017 will be 60 minutes in length
Schedule and Pricing
Departure Point

Navy Pier or Michigan Ave depending on option selected at time of booking

Departure Time and Comments



75 minutes

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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