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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.

Reviews (589)
1 - 5 of 452 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great overview of Chicago

We went on a weekday, so the boat wasn't overly crowded. Our docent (unfortunately I can't remember her name) was excellent--giving us both history and architectural information as we went along the river. It is a great way to get an overview of downtown and...More

Thank panda618
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Chicago River Cruise October 12th, 2018

The tour was very interesting and out tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us engaged. The weather was cold and rainy but they handed out rain ponchos and the complimentary hot coco was a nice touch. Be advised that Groupon often offers discounted tickets.

1  Thank Billy M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Architectural tour or stand-up Act ?

I took the architectural tour over 10 years ago with a different company and really enjoyed it. The Fairmont recommended the tour referring to the tour guide as a docent so I expected the same type of tour as my previous experience. Our guide delivered...More

Thank swalsh22
Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent way to see and learn about the city

This was a great 75minute tour on the Chicago River. Our guide was excellent with a good mix of knowledge and entertainment. You cruise up and along the river with all the history of Chicago architecture being explained as you go along and with a...More

Thank wolsty07
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A MUST while in Chicago

This tour was awesome. You get to see Chicago from a different point of view and learn so much about the buildings. I thought learning about buildings would be boring, but it wasn't. It was so interesting!! Highly recommend this attraction while in Chicago.

1  Thank Krystin M
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12 October 2018|
Response from tinopopovic | Reviewed this property |
I am tourist not a box office for tickets:)
Mary E O
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Response from sandflytoes | Reviewed this property |
Umm, I'm a customer, not the tour operator. 😊
Todd W
24 September 2018|
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Response from Brenda D | Reviewed this property |
There is a canopy that you can sit under. They also have seating in the lower deck as I recall.
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