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Chicago Architectural River Cruise provided by Chicago Line Cruises

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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.
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465 N McClurg Ct
465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USAAddress is 465 N. McClurg Court (on a hidden branch of the Chicago River called the "Ogden Slip") behind Pinstripes Cafe Please note we are not located at Navy Pier. There is street parking on Illinois. The ticket office is no more than 300 feet from the vessels.
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You'll end at
465 N McClurg Ct
465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USAAddress is 465 N. McClurg Court (on a hidden branch of the Chicago River called the "Ogden Slip") behind Pinstripes Cafe Please note we are not located at Navy Pier. There is street parking on Illinois. The ticket office is no more than 300 feet from the vessels.
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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
  • Refreshments and cookies are included; wine and beer can be purchased
  • Multiple departure times to fit your schedule
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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Important Information
Departure Point
465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and cookies
  • Live commentary on board
  • Gratuities
  • Beer and wine (available for purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • 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 170 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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pjsid wrote a review Feb 2020
South Burlington, Vermont188 contributions96 helpful votes
For an enjoyable architecture tour, you need three things: To be comfortable, to learn about architecture and to feel you got your money's worth. They failed on all three points. 1. To be comfortable: So this is Chicago and we are tourists. The weather is up and down so who
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Date of experience: September 2019
JeffBreedlove wrote a review Jan 2020
Atlanta, Georgia3,437 contributions203 helpful votes
My complete and total endorsement and recommendation. First, the tour is brilliant. One really learns about the architectural history of Chicago and it is informative and fascinating. The tour is not too short nor too long and the boat is designed in such a manner that one can
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Date of experience: June 2019
Porter M wrote a review Nov 2019
5 contributions
This was an absolutely magnificent tour! My wife treated me to the tour and we had a great time. Even a little drizzle did not dampen our enjoyment. We felt like we were floating through an assortment of world class architecture and history. It was also a personal retrospective
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Date of experience: August 2019
Zulu wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution
Took a number of colleagues out one evening, having been on a similar tour a number of years ago. So much has changed around the city, apart from the quality of this tour. Brilliant views, and I strongly suggest trying to time this at sunset - the city scape changes so
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Date of experience: September 2019
506santiago wrote a review Nov 2019
Cliffside Park, New Jersey4 contributions
Very informative, the guide we had was enthusiastic and engaging. Best time to go is during twilight. You start the cruise seeing all the buildings during the day and on the way back the buildings start to turn on their lights. The cruise at twilight lets you see the city during
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Joseph P
cruise and drinks
The late afternoon cruise I was on was excellent. The staff and the lady doing the talking were superb. The talk
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Must do!
Our guide was a walking encyclopedia of interesting and accurate facts of the history and architecture of Chicago.
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Charity event aboard the Fort Dearborn
We had amazing weather for our event which certainly was a plus! Nice, calm three hour river cruise for the event.
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Sabrina W
Amazing tour
We signed up for this cruise tour at the Essex Hotel. It was so much better than our expectations! The tour guide w
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Michael W
Great company
Lots of fun and very interesting guide. I loved the trip and it was longer than other river boat cruises that I hav
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Cruise on the Fort Dearborn / Outstanding
We booked the Fort Dearborn for a cruise with friends and ended up with approximately 80 people on a Saturday night
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Naomi R
Highlight of my brief tricot Chicago
The docent for this tour had a wonderful narrative and terrific delivery. Her timing was perfect - no problem figu
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Excellent tour.
A lovely young lady was our captain for this tour. She was greatly skilled. The tour docent was also excellent.
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Chicago Day Trip!
Really enjoyed the Cruise the tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. Great coffee and cookies!
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So informative!
This was my friends first time doing a Chicago architecture boat ride and my second. I still feel like I learned so
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Informative and Enjoyable Architectural Tour
Despite a very chilly late March day, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip along the Chicago River, learning a lot about
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River tour
Went on the Chicago architectural tour, it was a great tour. The guide was very informative. Unfortunately we book
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Just so so
Bought the Groupon tickets for the 90 minutes architectural boat tour. I thought it would be a double deckers boat
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Greatly enjoyed!
A wonderful way to see Chicago. It was a hot afternoon though and no shade on the boat we were on. Still very worth
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Maren M
Really interesting
We recently went on an architectural tour of Chicago. The tour was super interesting and gave us a great overview o
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  • Duration: 1h 30m
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