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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
  • Jim D
    July 2018

    Great tour. Gives you an educated view of the different architectural styles and characteristics of the Chicago skyscrapers. Highly recommended

  • Jason G
    July 2018

    Excellent tour of the city! Beautiful views and a ton of history to go with it. I liked that the tour was only an hour and a half, not too long and not too short. Definitely recommend the sunset time slot, it was a great way to see the architect shine!

  • Carol S
    July 2018

    Our tour guide, Ash, was incredible! We enjoyed AND learned very much! First visit to Chicago, this was definitely the way to start the long weekend.

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 2/25/2018 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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