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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

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  • Take in Chicago's architecture from the vantage point of the Chicago River
  • Cruise includes in-depth commentary on architectural history
  • See more than 50 buildings during the cruise—much faster than if on foot
Chicago Architectural River Cruise
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See Chicago's architecture from the best possible vantage point―a boat on the Chicago River―during this architecture-focused tour through the city's heart. Listen to your guide's in-depth commentary as you pass more than 50 significant sites, from Lake Point Tower to Navy Pier. Some onboard refreshments are included, with wine and beer available for purchase.

What to Expect

Make your way to the Lofts at River East on Ogden Slip in time to meet your departing architecture tour.

Step on board and find a comfortable seat as the boat sets out for a cruise on the north, south, and main branches of the Chicago River. As you travel, listen to your guide's commentary, which sheds light on the city's rich architectural history. You can also enjoy included refreshments of coffee, tea, soft drinks, and cookies. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

This tour showcases more than 50 important buildings in just a short time, which would take much longer if attempting to view by foot. Highlights include the John Hancock Building, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Marina City, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, and NBC Tower.

Return to your departure point at the conclusion of your tour.

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Reviewed yesterday
Recommended by travelers and locals alike

On the recommendation of both locals and travelers I encountered, I headed over to check out one of the architecture tours. I was a little skeptical about doing a nighttime 8 p.m. architecture tour but this tour blew me away. The boat boards off a...More

1  Thank oconnk11
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Incredible views and experience

Great views from boat that cannot be matched on land. Tour guide (Amy?) was knowledgeable. Would recommend for all parties: families, singles, seniors etc. Ticket office a bit tough to find, but well worth the effort. Definitely worth doing.

Thank trevor66615
Reviewed 5 days ago
Great Experience - Even for A Chicago Native

Wonderful Experience. my Husband was born & raised in chicago and had never been on one of these cruises. We booked two tickets on a whim and LOVED it! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and passionate about the architecture and buildings. Also, she had...More

Thank Sara S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Breath Taking

We did the evening 8pm Chicago Architectural River Cruise. I highly recommend this time slot. The lights and the buildings all lit up are truly breath taking. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history and architects of each building. It was so enjoyable to...More

Thank Leanne D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Awesome Experience

It was smoking hot 90+ degrees but we still loved the cruise. We learned so much about the buildings, the history of the river and the city. We want to do it again for the evening cruise. Our tour guide was tremendous! Her passion and...More

Thank mabhoops
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Ehizokha I
14 August 2018|
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Response from Tomer1973 | Reviewed this property |
Found this from my reservation: WHAT'S INCLUDED 75-minute guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River Live commentary on board WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED Hotel pickup and drop-off Hope it helps.
28 July 2018|
Response from Shay S | Reviewed this property |
You need to contact the cruise company for this information.
28 July 2018|
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Response from chris c | Reviewed this property |
There is a physical office with representatives so I would imagine that you could call them.
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