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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
From US$43,68
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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
Awesome tour!

I highly recommend this tour - it made me view the buildings in Chicago completely differently - like art and not just concrete. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. I went with my 13 yo, who also found it very interesting.

Thank Darlene D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Great trip

We went on the first of the day cruise from the Navy Pier, a great way to spend just over an hour, Ben the tour guide was very informative and entertaining.

Thank Darin C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Great tour with Ben

We had a great tour with Ben who told us amazing stories about the architecture of Chicago. Thanks!!

Thank Maria P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Beautiful boat ride

The boat was so smooth and pleasant. I enjoyed the trip especially because of the amazing river improvements. Chicago cleans up well. Wendy the guide was so informative and talked for 70 minuets and the trip went so fast.

Thank Cynthia C
Reviewed 2 days ago
Great overview and history

Wendy was an excellent guide for this tour. Informative, spoke clearly and easy to hear and understand. She had great tidbits of information about what we were seeing as well as information about what was being built. Great viewpoint to see the buildings. Much better...More

2  Thank Colleen Y
chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

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

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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.