Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

Cruise takes place on the Chicago River.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Chicago Skyline, Chicago, IL 60601

Enjoy an amazing view of the city's skyline.

Pass By: Chicago Board of Trade Building, 141 W Jackson Blvd La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60604-2992

An art deco masterpiece, this is the home of many of the city's financial movers and shakers.

Pass By: Wrigley Building, 410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4213

This white, terra-cotta landmark was built in 1922 as headquarters for the Wrigley chewing gum company.

Pass By: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3419

50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions, including a 15-story Ferris wheel.

Pass By: Illinois Center, 233 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-5519

This mixed-used building is notable in that the streets running through it have three levels.

Pass By: Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Drive entrance on Jackson Blvd (south side of building), Chicago, IL 60606-7147

Tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

Pass By: Tribune Tower, 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4066

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: 222 Merchandise Mart Plz Suite 107, Chicago, IL 60654-1103

The largest commercial building in the world. First two floors are essentially a mall, and the rest is business offices

Pass By: Marina City, 300 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654-5414

Unique architecture for a building complex as its own self-contained community.

Pass By: Lake Point Tower, 505 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611-3427

A high-rise residential building located on a promontory of the Lake Michigan lakefront

Pass By: 333 West Wacker Drive, 333 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606-1220

Noted for its reflection of the curves of the Chicago River

Pass By: The East Bank Club, 500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60654-5721

A health club with 450,000 square feet of space

Pass By: The Lyric Opera House, 20 N Wacker Dr 60606, Chicago, IL 60606-2806

Well-known opera company puts on lavish performances in this massive Art Deco Civic Opera House.

Pass By: Citicorp Center, 500 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Located between Clinton and Canal Streets on Madison Street, the structure was designed in a late modernist style.

Pass By: John Hancock Center, 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-1803

The John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper

Pass By: London Guarantee Building, 360 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-3814

The London Guarantee Building or London Guaranty & Accident Building is a historic 1923 commercial skyscraper

Pass By: Historic Water Tower, 806 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2103

Chicago-focused gallery, specializing in photos, inside a 19th-century Gothic limestone landmark.

Pass By: Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

The Chicago Architecture Center is home to a 4,000-building scale model of Chicago

Pass By: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801

The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation's first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city's first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes.

Pass By: Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-6530

Located within Grant Park, Millennium Park is home to Cloud Gate, or "the bean."

Pass By: Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology.

Pass By: Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

A continuous walkway connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown.

Activity Details
Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a cruise down the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from your onboard guide, an expert in architecture. From Memorial Day to Labor Day (May 29 - September 6,) each ticket includes a one-way water taxi ticket.
Departure & Return
Departure Point1: 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA 2: 124 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
  • Live commentary on board
  • One-way water taxi ticket (for travel between May 29-September 6)
  • Drinks (available for purchase)
Additional Information
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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  • Our onboard guide was very informative and charming.
    People were happily giving him tips of $5, $10 or more

  • Awesome experience and great knowledgeable tour guide. Best thing to do in Chicago.

    One of best experiences in USA

  • Such an amazing view of the city! The tour guide was very good at explaining all the sites. It was short enough that we could get off and actually go and tour some of the sites.

  • When our guide, a middle-aged or even elderly gentleman told us about all the nick names of Chicago, under the super warm sunshine that day, on the canal, we felt so lucky to have booked this tour!

  • Our guide was fantastic. This was so fun and totally something everyone should experience while in Chicago.

  • The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. He packed a lot of useful information in 60 minutes without being boring.

  • The docent was great! Very informative. Beautiful day. Would do it again in a heart beat when we come back.

  • The facilitator did great job. I liked the combination of facts with humor. I would definitely take a tour from him again.

  • That information given and the expanse of architectural design was wonderful . How ever it waz March and very very cold and windy.

  • Seeing the buildings from the river. View was not blocked by other buildings. Narrator was very knowledgeable about all of the buildings.

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