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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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

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Reviewed yesterday
Take the evening cruise

We took the last cruise of the day. Our guide was a retired architect who knew all about the designers and history of many of the buildings we passed. The tour took 90 minutes and went up and down the forks of the river and...More

Thank bnwilensky
Reviewed yesterday
Brilliant location and guide - and still runs at 10pm

We loved the tour and the guide. Big plus: In summer, the last tour leaves at 10pm. Much recommended.

Thank dpk20
Reviewed yesterday
Great Chicago River Architectural History Cruise!

Our guide Rachel was fabulous, very interested and knowledgeable.........nice boat, nice bloody Mary's by Bartender Simone, and just a great all around experience. On a hot day get in line early so you can get some shade if the boat has a canopy on top...More

Thank Paul A
chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for riding with us! We're so glad you enjoyed the tour!

Reviewed yesterday
Excellent Way to View the Beauty of Chicago

My friend and I were pleasantly pleased with the Chicago architecture tour! As a photographer, this tour provided not only the history of the city, but also spectacular photo opportunities! The tour guide was very, very friendly and knowledgeable about all of the buildings an...More

Thank nlmallory76
chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for riding with us! We're glad you enjoyed the tour and got some great pictures!

Reviewed 2 days ago
do this if you come here

I've done the Chicago Architecture tour so many times with visitors I could probably give it- but it's a must do if you visit. the architecture here is stunning and worth learning about on a beautiful river tour. I recommend doing it with the Chicago...More

2  Thank biyapi
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Dela C
14 July 2018|
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Response from kozy82487 | Reviewed this property |
We did the 9pm tour from navy pier dock and saw fireworks on that one because if I remember right they don't start fireworks until about 10:15pm. You'd be in the vicinity on land to see them after the 8pm tour you just... More
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Alice O
13 July 2018|
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Response from Kenny G | Reviewed this property |
They run the tours frequently so you may have to skip a session, but no issue with buying ticket at the pier. I recommend you look into a Go City Pass, it could save you money.
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