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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

  • Take in Chicago's architecture from the vantage point of the Chicago River
  • Cruise includes in-depth commentary on architectural history
  • See more than 50 buildings during the cruise—much faster than if on foot
Chicago Architectural River Cruise
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See Chicago's architecture from the best possible vantage point―a boat on the Chicago River―during this architecture-focused tour through the city's heart. Listen to your guide's in-depth commentary as you pass more than 50 significant sites, from Lake Point Tower to Navy Pier. Some onboard refreshments are included, with wine and beer available for purchase.

What to Expect

Make your way to the Lofts at River East on Ogden Slip in time to meet your departing architecture tour.

Step on board and find a comfortable seat as the boat sets out for a cruise on the north, south, and main branches of the Chicago River. As you travel, listen to your guide's commentary, which sheds light on the city's rich architectural history. You can also enjoy included refreshments of coffee, tea, soft drinks, and cookies. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

This tour showcases more than 50 important buildings in just a short time, which would take much longer if attempting to view by foot. Highlights include the John Hancock Building, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Marina City, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, and NBC Tower.

Return to your departure point at the conclusion of your tour.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Fantastic way to see the city!!!!

Beautiful day on a boat the view the city!!! This cruise line went out of their way to take care of every need. Drinks and cookies are complimentary and the tour is 90 minutes and worth every penny.

Thank Beth B
Reviewed 1 week ago
aweome time kids loved it.

A Different look at the city. Beautiful buildings with a lot info. Boat was real comfortable with plenty of seating. Nice onboard bar with bathroom. Tour guide had plenty of knowledge and with a lot of humor. Make you love the city even more.

Thank Nick H
Reviewed 1 week ago
Tour is interesting and fun. Wendy was a great docent.

The only problem was that I brooked the tour through trip advisor and the name of the tour company was never mentioned. We went to three different tour companies ticket windows on both sides of the river before we found the correct tour: Shoreline tours....More

Thank Helen R
Terry J, Manager at Chicago Line Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Helen, we must give credit where credit is due. While we feel you would have enjoyed our cruise as much (hopefully more) we can't accept this review. This was for another company, and unfortunately not ours. Sounds like this is much like your trip to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Inspiring and Educational Architectural River Tour

The Chicago Architecture Foundation offer tours throughout the year and we were fortunate to catch one of the last weeks of the year (Dec) We booked tickets through Wendella Sightseeing at the Wrigley Building (400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611) The 75 minute tour...More

Thank Kurt B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lot of fun

we went on the morning cruise with the family and and we had lot of fun. the cruise is relatively long (90 minutes) but even the kids enjoyed it. it is very informative and really impressive. few tips: 1) the guide always talk about the...More

1  Thank Trvlagc
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John L
18 June 2018|
Response from jaimeelsabio | Reviewed this property |
I do believe they had mixed drinks, but not certain what all they offered. Maybe give them a call.
10 June 2018|
Response from jaimeelsabio | Reviewed this property |
On the top desk you’re all in the sun, but on the bar and restroom level, it’s indoors, so you can stay out f the sun. You may not get as good a view of the buildings, but you won’t be in the sun.
6 June 2018|
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Response from JimHenry | Reviewed this property |
Please contact Chicago line cruises. Their web site may have details.
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