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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

  • 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 2 days ago
Chicago Architecture Foundation tour is the best!

Had an exceptional architect true tour on the river while we were in Chicago. This is a must do tour for anyone going to Chicago. A wonderful way to so end 90 minutes, and to see Chicago at its finest!

Thank Laurel R
Reviewed 2 days ago
Wonderful way to see the city

My husband and I were in Chicago just for one day and were told this was the best way to see the city and it was. It was a beautiful (but hot!) day and the city looked so gorgeous. Our guide was amazing. I am...More

Thank boston1228
Reviewed 3 days ago
Incredibly informative

We just returned from an amazing trip to Chicago and one of the best parts of the trip was the Architectural River Cruise . I booked the cruise online and am so pleased I did . The staff were all friendly and accommodating the office,...More

Thank Bill O
Reviewed 4 days ago
This is The Best Tour in Chicago,

Highly Recommended, We had a great Tour and we loved the learning about the City architectural history of the city..

Thank Tomer1973
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Fantastic way to see the city!!!!

Beautiful day on a boat the view the city!!! This cruise line went out of their way to take care of every need. Drinks and cookies are complimentary and the tour is 90 minutes and worth every penny.

Thank Beth B
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John L
17 June 2018|
Response from jaimeelsabio | Reviewed this property |
I do believe they had mixed drinks, but not certain what all they offered. Maybe give them a call.
9 June 2018|
Response from jaimeelsabio | Reviewed this property |
On the top desk you’re all in the sun, but on the bar and restroom level, it’s indoors, so you can stay out f the sun. You may not get as good a view of the buildings, but you won’t be in the sun.
6 June 2018|
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Response from JimHenry | Reviewed this property |
Please contact Chicago line cruises. Their web site may have details.