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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

From US$43.68
  • 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
Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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11:15am Navy Pier Departure
Departs at 11:15am from Navy Pier
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4:30pm Michigan Ave Departure
Tour Departs at 4:30pm from Michigan Ave
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2pm Navy Pier Departure
Tour departs at 2pm from Navy Pier
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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.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
A Must....

A wonderful tour and must when visiting Chicago. It's a perfect length and a wonderful way to see the city!

Thank springsnyc
Reviewed yesterday
Loved this tour- Blake is great tour guide

I love this tour. I have done it three times. It is definitely better on a nice day though. (obviously). Our tour guide yesterday, was great too. - Blake This tour is definitely worth the time and money if you are visiting Chicago. So many...More

Thank Pam S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very interesting tour! It’s not something I expected to enjoy as much as I did! It’s a great way to see and learn about the city.

Thank sarahspiro
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Awesome History of the Downtown Buildings

This was a great boat cruise on the Chicago River. Jalen was our tour guide on the cruise. He explained all of the different types of architecture and the history of the buildings, so well. He was very charming and had a great sense of...More

Thank xspechtme
Reviewed 2 days ago
Do this tour - and make sure Rachel is your guide!

I'm not a big tour fan as so many end up being cheesy narrations. This one is different. First, seeing Chicago from the water was amazing and much different than the many trips I've walked the streets. But beyond that, I learned so much. That...More

Thank jbfgator
chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

What a great review! We're so glad you had a wonderful experience with Rachel. Thank you for taking our tour.

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18 March 2018|
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Response from Hope L | Reviewed this property |
I think they expect customers to wear rain ponchos. But there is a downstairs that is covered but limited in views of the buildings. Most likely if the rain is too severe the tour will be postponed.