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Chicago Architecture River Cruise provided by Shoreline Sightseeing

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 26/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 26/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Get views of Chicago’s most famous buildings, as well as insider info from an expert guide, on this architecture-focused cruise. See all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task on foot. View the skyline from the Chicago River while listening to live commentary. Snap photos of the Willis (Sears) Tower, Old Post Office, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Wrigley Building, and more.
You’ll have 2 starting options
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    Chicago River
    Stop: 75 minutes -
    Cruise takes place on the Chicago River
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    Pass by Chicago Skyline
    Pass by Chicago Board of Trade Building
    Pass by Wrigley Building
    Pass by Navy Pier
    Pass by Illinois Center
    Pass by Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Pass by Tribune Tower
    Pass by Merchandise Mart
    Pass by Marina City
    Pass by Lake Point Tower
    Pass by 333 West Wacker Drive
    Pass by The East Bank Club
    Pass by The Lyric Opera House
    Pass by Citicorp Center
    Pass by 360 Chicago Observation Deck
    Pass by John Hancock Center
    Pass by London Guarantee Building
    Pass by Historic Water Tower
    Pass by Chicago Architecture Center
    Pass by Chicago Cultural Center
    Pass by Millennium Park
    Pass by Buckingham Fountain
    Pass by Chicago Riverwalk
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  • See all of Chicago's architectural masterpieces in a single tour
  • Choose from multiple departure times to fit your busy schedule
  • Learn about the city's architectural history through an expert's live narration
  • Prebook this must-do Chicago activity, which frequently sells out
What to Expect
Make your way to the specified departure place, either the Michigan Avenue riverfront or Navy Pier, in time for your chosen cruise departure—look for the Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruises sign. Since you’ve prepurchased, skip the ticket line and have no worries if this popular Chicago tour sells out. Find a comfortable seat and settle in as your guide, an architecture expert, gives an introduction to Chicago's architectural history. Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, and the Lyric Opera House, and learn which buildings famous architects Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill designed. You have plenty of photo opportunities. Some cruises include a full bar. Your cruise ends at its starting point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
120 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
1h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
  • Live commentary on board
  • Drinks (available for purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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sc1411 wrote a review 6 Aug
New York5 contributions8 helpful votes
My family and I really enjoyed an hour on the Chicago river while receiving a very informative lesson on the city's history.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Faith P wrote a review 6 Aug
Elgin, Illinois93 contributions61 helpful votes
Took the cruise at Navy Pier that departs at Polk Bros Park. It was 75 minutes long but went by so fast. Blake was our guide and he was so informative about the buildings and architects. Lots of backstory about Chicago. I have been in Chicago numerous times but didn't know half
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Date of experience: August 2020
Diego D wrote a review 6 Aug
4 contributions
Great way to know the city, our tour guy was funny and extremely knowledgeable about Chicago. Highly recommend to international students like me that haven't gotten a chance to learn about the city.
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Deborah M wrote a review 2 Aug
4 contributions
Great value! Seeing these beautiful buildings from the river allows you to appreciate them all the way to the tops, which you miss walking by them. Guide was excellent! Very informed with funny stories and architecture history. Just a fun afternoon - highly recommend this
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Date of experience: August 2020
Terrence E wrote a review Jul 2020
8 contributions
This was a great experience on the boat ride. We loved it. We will rent boats and drive on the river next time. After the boat ride, we took at walk on the river walk. That's alittle different than the boat ride, but it's a great place to go and have lunch. You will have tons of
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Shoreline Tour - Chicago River
Really great tour. The guide did a great job if describing the history but didn’t get too deep into the technical d
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Great sightseeing Cruise
Had a very lovely experience with a few of my other South African friends. Well worth the amout we paid and the se
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Relaxing cruise.
It was very informational. The prerecorded voice was a little boring but overall good. I think it would be hard to
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Very Boring. Only view from Lake Michigan outline.
Ok. So the ship just goes into Lake Michigan and dicks back. If just shows you The view from the lake side. I learn
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Very informative!
We took the “architecture” cruise from the Navy Pier up the river and back (approx $40 per adult) but well worth it
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Exactly what I expected - quite good!
We were able to find a time slot on the long weekend in August when the city was super busy, which is accredited to
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Skyline Shoreline Chicago
River Architecture tour with Shoreline- accessible entry off Michigan Avenue (and Navy Pier)next to Apple Store. We
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Excellent way to see the city!
Being in Chicago for only a short time, Shoreline was a great choice for seeing a lot. The unique perspective offe
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Viator chicago arch river cruise
I was stood up at the deck. No one bothered to cancel or notify. Now trip advisor says i have to contact the compan
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So touristy, cool and worth it!
Shoreline sightseeing architectural tour: So touristy and so cool. Educational too. Learn about the city, the arc
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Well worth the time and fee
If you want to sit and enjoy the City of Chicago and listen to interesting information - this is the way to go. I'
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Beautiful; Even in the Cold
Downtown Chicago is beautiful, the river is gorgeous, and it’s so nice to see people jogging and walking along the
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Educational and fun
Victor was our tour guide and he did an awesome job. I enjoyed learning the history of the buildings and he gave us
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Excellent tour for family and friends , secure, excellent environment. Good tour to take pictures. Good price. One
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Worth it!
My wife and I are not typical “let’s take a tour” people. It was 34 degrees but we still was worth it! W
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