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Chicago Architecture River Cruise provided by Shoreline Sightseeing

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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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. See all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task on 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 more. Each Architecture River Tour ticket includes a free one-way water taxi pass valid for use any time during the 2020 water taxi season.
You’ll have 2 starting options
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    Chicago River
    Stop: 75 minutes -
    Cruise takes place on the Chicago River
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    Pass by Chicago Skyline
    Pass by Chicago Board of Trade Building
    Pass by Wrigley Building
    Pass by Navy Pier
    Pass by Illinois Center
    Pass by Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Pass by Tribune Tower
    Pass by Merchandise Mart
    Pass by Marina City
    Pass by Lake Point Tower
    Pass by 333 West Wacker Drive
    Pass by The East Bank Club
    Pass by The Lyric Opera House
    Pass by Citicorp Center
    Pass by 360 Chicago Observation Deck
    Pass by John Hancock Center
    Pass by London Guarantee Building
    Pass by Historic Water Tower
    Pass by Chicago Architecture Center
    Pass by Chicago Cultural Center
    Pass by Millennium Park
    Pass by Buckingham Fountain
    Pass by Chicago Riverwalk
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  • 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
  • Prebook this must-do Chicago activity, which frequently sells out
  • Includes one-way water taxi pass valid for the 2020 season
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, 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 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, and the Lyric Opera House, and learn which buildings famous architects Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill designed. You have plenty of photo opportunities. Some cruises include a full bar. Your cruise ends at its starting point.
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Departure Point
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
1h 15m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
  • Live commentary on board
  • One-way water taxi pass
  • Drinks (available for purchase)
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Additional Info
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Availiam wrote a review Apr 2020
Chicago, Illinois28 contributions2 helpful votes
I live here. This is by far the best and fastest way to get familiar with Chicago's architectural marvels and historical connections. This guided tour on the river is an absolute must do. The tour guides are fantastic! Here's an idea: Do the later afternoon
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Date of experience: July 2019
Lauren C wrote a review Mar 2020
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Highly recommend! Full bar, tour guide was super entertaining and the view was amazing. I will definitely do this again on my next Chi town trip.
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Date of experience: March 2020
PEBBLEFAN wrote a review Mar 2020
So CAL38 contributions16 helpful votes
Did a 1:45 afternoon tour. Weather was cloudy and very cool. Tour boat was top notch, had a bar which we used. Chicago is just full of beautiful building in town but many along the river. Our guide was very knowledgeable of architectural styles and the histories of the buidings.
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Date of experience: March 2020
JB93110 wrote a review Mar 2020
Santa Barbara, California15 contributions14 helpful votes
The Architecture River Cruise is a fantastic way to see the sights, learn some history, and enjoy Chicago. The boat was perfect, the docent was too.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Ronald C wrote a review Mar 2020
Austin, TX26 contributions26 helpful votes
We have been trying to do this tour during several past visits to the city and it finally worked out for us and we are very happy it did. It's a fantastic way to learn about the city. We would most definitely recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Very informative!
We took the “architecture” cruise from the Navy Pier up the river and back (approx $40 per adult) but well worth it
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Exactly what I expected - quite good!
We were able to find a time slot on the long weekend in August when the city was super busy, which is accredited to
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Skyline Shoreline Chicago
River Architecture tour with Shoreline- accessible entry off Michigan Avenue (and Navy Pier)next to Apple Store. We
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Excellent way to see the city!
Being in Chicago for only a short time, Shoreline was a great choice for seeing a lot. The unique perspective offe
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Viator chicago arch river cruise
I was stood up at the deck. No one bothered to cancel or notify. Now trip advisor says i have to contact the compan
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So touristy, cool and worth it!
Shoreline sightseeing architectural tour: So touristy and so cool. Educational too. Learn about the city, the arc
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Well worth the time and fee
If you want to sit and enjoy the City of Chicago and listen to interesting information - this is the way to go. I'
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Beautiful; Even in the Cold
Downtown Chicago is beautiful, the river is gorgeous, and it’s so nice to see people jogging and walking along the
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Educational and fun
Victor was our tour guide and he did an awesome job. I enjoyed learning the history of the buildings and he gave us
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Excellent tour for family and friends , secure, excellent environment. Good tour to take pictures. Good price. One
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Worth it!
My wife and I are not typical “let’s take a tour” people. It was 34 degrees but we still was worth it! W
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A great cruise
We took the architectural tour in the morning. The guide was very informative about the buildings and the history
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Piri M
Chicago Architectural Cruise
This was one of the best tours that I have been on. Absolutely stunning at night (it was a beautiful night with jus
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Excellent Tour
We were recommended this tour by someone we met in New York, really pleased we did it. Nick was our guide, he was s
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Marco M
Great tour!
Chicago is know because of his great architecture and this is a great way to learn a little about the buildings aro
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  • Duration: 1h 15m
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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