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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
  • Discover all three branches of the Chicago River with your guide, an expert in architecture
  • Enjoy the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and architecture
  • See more than 40 buildings including the Wrigley Building and Willis Tower
  • Discover the major events that helped shape the architectural history of Chicago

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-flexible cruise runs more than 20 times daily from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue.
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Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
Live commentary on board
Drinks (available for purchase)
  • 401 N Michigan Ave , 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

    FROM MICHIGAN AVE: Departs from 401 N Michigan Ave at the Shoreline Sightseeing docks. NE corner of Historic Michigan Ave. (Dusable) Bridge. Located alongside Chicago's Honored Pioneer Court.

  • 124 N Streeter Dr , 124 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

    FROM NAVY PIER: Departs from 124 N Streeter Drive from the Shoreline Sightseeing docks at Polk Bros Park.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Make your way to either Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue (depending on option chosen) for your cruise departure. Board your riverboat and find a comfortable seat; a restroom and sometimes a full bar are available on the boat. Listen as your guide, an architecture expert, gives you an introduction to the city's landmarks. 

    Along the scenic route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. A boat on the river is the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline.

    Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), the Wrigley Building, and the Lyric Opera House. Listen as your guide recounts 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.

    Your cruise ends at its starting point.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Chicago River
    Cruise takes place on the Chicago River.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Chicago Skyline
    Enjoy an amazing view of the city's skyline.
    Pass By:  
    Navy Pier
    50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions, including a 15-story Ferris wheel.
    Pass By:  
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
    Pass By:  
    Tribune Tower
    The neo-gothic tower's signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St. Peter's Basilica, Notre Dame, the White House and most recently, the Berlin Wall.
    Pass By:  
    John Hancock Center
    The John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper
    • 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 travelers can participate
    • Departure locations cannot be changed
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Shoreline Sightseeing
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Architecture River Cruise?
    A:The policy on sanitization is:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture River Cruise.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Architecture River Cruise?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture River Cruise.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "Most of the boat is exposed, so make sure to wear appropriate attire in the case of rain or direct sunlight." See review
    • "There are 2 departure piers (East Michigan and East Grand) so make sure that you’re at the right place." See review

    Reviews

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    star-5
    Great Time
    Maurice_B
    , Jun 2022
    Great experience and beautiful scenery!!! People were friendly and very knowledgeable. A must do while in Chicago.
    star-5
    Best Way to see Chicago
    Milly_H
    , Jun 2022
    What a lovely way to spend an hour in Chicago! Patrick was a great tour guide and the tour was very informative. I would gladly do it again.
    star-5
    Highlights
    Karen_G
    , Jun 2022
    Seeing much of Chicago in a safe and pleasant way. Good for limited mobility to be able to access boat easily.
    star-5
    Great Tour, highly recommend
    Naldine_I
    , Jun 2022
    Super knowledgeable tour guide and was quite funny too! He barely took a break and gave us lots of information and fun facts for the entire tour!
    star-5
    Take a boat and learn a lot
    Antoinette_T
    , Jun 2022
    Beautiful views of the city from the Chicago River. A great day with blue skies. Great information from the tour guide about the buildings we were seeing and their histories. I am a New Yorker and seriously this skyline beats NYC.
    star-5
    Great perspective!
    Jamie_F
    , Jun 2022
    The architectural tour is a wonderful way to experience Chicago from another advantage point! This was fun, educational and inspiring! Highly recommend!
    star-5
    This was a great tour,...
    Bonnie_B
    , Jun 2022
    This was a great tour, informative guide, beautiful day. Couldn’t ask for more. Great for just about anyone.
    star-5
    Fun and informative
    Jamie_C
    , Jun 2022
    My daughter and I did this tour. It was informative and fun. The views were amazing and the guide was engaging.
    star-5
    Informative and impressively gorgeous!
    Crystal_S
    , Jun 2022
    Kyle was such a great tour guide (docent). I learned so much and now have a much better appreciation of all the buildings and architecture in Chicago!
    star-5
    Shoreline has best Chicago river cruise
    Sharon_G
    , Jun 2022
    Our tour guide Victor was way beyond belief! Best narrated tour of the rivers I’ve ever been on. Boat was very clean. Easy boarding.
    star-5
    Great experience
    Carrie_S
    , Jun 2022
    Spirio was a terrific guide. Best tour of our trip. Beautiful day, Chicago’s architecture is impressive.
    star-5
    Great tour
    Brenda_F
    , Jun 2022
    The docent, Jim was very knowledgeable and funny. The tour was a good length. Not too long and not too short.
    star-5
    Brooks and Jenkins family outing
    Girard_J
    , Jun 2022
    The city and buildings coming to life as the sun went down. The city lights were amazing and our family members were really pleased with this tour.
    star-5
    Excellent history lesson on the architecture in Chicago
    annjmunn
    , Jun 2022
    I throughly enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide Spiral was very informative and entertaining. I would definitely recommend the Architectural tour to others.
    star-5
    Inspiring
    Ronald_C
    , Jun 2022
    All the new buildings since I was here last. 22 years ago. New tall buildings are impressive Trump etc.
    star-5
    Our Chicago Architecture Boat Cruise
    Samuel_K
    , Jun 2022
    We had a wonderful tour guide with supporting staff. Truly great opportunity to enjoy the city’s history
    star-5
    Wonderful tour!
    Amy_J
    , Jun 2022
    What a fantastic tour! It was so easy to make our reservation and the staff was incredibly friendly. Our tour guide, Kevin, was so knowledgeable. We all learned so much and it was the perfect way to see the fascinating architecture in Chicago.
    star-5
    Our tour guide was...
    Greg_K
    , Jun 2022
    Our tour guide was awesome and very knowledgeable. He even took times to answer questions my son had during and after the cruise about buildings that were not specifically mentioned during the cruise.
    star-5
    I love the boat ride...
    Antonio_A
    , Jun 2022
    I love the boat ride trip, it got me to know Chicago river more and the architectures. The tour guide was really knowledgeable.
    star-5
    Amazing Tour! Worth Every Penny!!!
    Brenda_S
    , Jun 2022
    Loved this!!! Tour guide was amazing and this is absolutely the BEST way to tour Chicago; hands down!!!

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