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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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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
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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Overview

Get views of Chicago’s most famous buildings, as well as insider info from an expert guide, on this architecture-focused cruise. You’ll see all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task by 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 Aon Center.

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, you'll 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 Aon Center, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, and IBM Building, and learn which buildings famous architects Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill designed. You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities. Some cruises include a full bar.

Your cruise ends at its starting point.

Reviews (3,311)
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Reviewed yesterday
See Chicago from where it should be seen

Fascinating insight into the City. Commentary was excellent and we felt we knew the City and later could identify the buildings as we moved around Chicago.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank birtles5
Reviewed 6 days ago
Book late afternoon for the best combo of sunset and city lights

We could not have asked for a better late day choice than seeing the sights as sun was striking them late in the day followed by the early aspects of the buildings lighting up for the night tours.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ralph M
Reviewed 6 days ago
Beautiful...but wear SPF!

I would highly suggest this tour for visiting adults. Not particularly appealing or captivating for children. I didn’t realize there wouldn’t be any opportunity for shade so I got very burnt! Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses because you will be in the sun the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Amy R
Reviewed 6 days ago
Breathtakingly beautiful!

The architectural boat cruise should be the first thing you do when you get to Chicago. It is interesting but more than that, the beauty is beyond. This is a must-do!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Joni889
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
An excellent hour spent on history of Chicago

Despite the cold this was a fantastic hour spent learning the history of Chicago through the architecture. The guide didn’t stop talking for the hour and was very knowledgeable. Do not miss this when in Chicago.

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I m sure they do. But check the website to be certain. Have fun!
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There is no assigned seating, so I would definitely call the office to ensure the time slot you are trying to book is not close to Being sold out, or if there are only nine tickets remaining. Or maybe you can get a group... More
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