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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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icon1 hour 15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
  • Discover all three branches of the Chicago River with your guide, an expert in architecture
  • Enjoy the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and architecture
  • See more than 40 buildings including the Wrigley Building and Willis Tower
  • Discover the major events that helped shape the architectural history of Chicago

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This ultra-flexible cruise runs more than 20 times daily from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue.
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Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
Live commentary on board
Drinks (available for purchase)
  • 401 N Michigan Ave , 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

    FROM MICHIGAN AVE: Departs from 401 N Michigan Ave at the Shoreline Sightseeing docks. NE corner of Historic Michigan Ave. (Dusable) Bridge. Located alongside Chicago's Honored Pioneer Court.

  • 124 N Streeter Dr , 124 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

    FROM NAVY PIER: Departs from 124 N Streeter Drive from the Shoreline Sightseeing docks at Polk Bros Park.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Make your way to either Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue (depending on option chosen) for your cruise departure. Board your riverboat and find a comfortable seat; a restroom and sometimes a full bar are available on the boat. Listen as your guide, an architecture expert, gives you an introduction to the city's landmarks. 

    Along the scenic route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. A boat on the river is the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline.

    Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), the Wrigley Building, and the Lyric Opera House. Listen as your guide recounts the two major events that helped shape the architectural history of the city. Learn about how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized how homes were built, and hear the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871. Both of these milestones led Chicago to become one of the cradles of modern American architecture.

    Your cruise ends at its starting point.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Chicago River
    Cruise takes place on the Chicago River.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Chicago Skyline
    Enjoy an amazing view of the city's skyline.
    Pass By:  
    Navy Pier
    50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions, including a 15-story Ferris wheel.
    Pass By:  
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
    Pass By:  
    Tribune Tower
    The neo-gothic tower's signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St. Peter's Basilica, Notre Dame, the White House and most recently, the Berlin Wall.
    Pass By:  
    John Hancock Center
    The John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • All boats have full restrooms and some have a full bar
    • Some boats are single deck vessels, the type of vessel you are placed on cannot be guaranteed
    • Wheelchairs or other walking assistance equipment are not provided.
    • Tour times cannot be changed.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Departure locations cannot be changed
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Shoreline Sightseeing
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Architecture River Cruise?
    A:The policy on sanitization is:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture River Cruise.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Architecture River Cruise?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture River Cruise.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "Most of the boat is exposed, so make sure to wear appropriate attire in the case of rain or direct sunlight." See review
    • "There are 2 departure piers (East Michigan and East Grand) so make sure that you’re at the right place." See review

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    star-5
    A must see!
    Karrie_V
    , Aug 2022
    Fantastic tour and on one of the most beautiful days! Truly enjoyed this tour and it is an absolute MUST if you’ve never been here before!
    star-5
    Brilliant, a great way to see the fabulous architecture Chicago has to offer!
    Pamela_O
    , Aug 2022
    Patrick was our host, exceedingly knowledgeable, which made the trip so very worthwhile. We recommended to a couple we met in our hotel when we got back who said they were going to book for next day. I’d recommend to anyone visiting Chicago. 💕
    star-5
    Its a wonderful trip with...
    SRIHARI_K
    , Aug 2022
    Its a wonderful trip with family. Travelling between the Tall buildings gave us a beautiful view and getting know the History of the CHICAGO city
    star-5
    Awesome
    Melissa_H
    , Aug 2022
    Sam did an awesome job explaining the history of the buildings! The buildings are beautiful, both old and new!
    star-5
    Antonio was the best!
    Nataliya_P
    , Aug 2022
    Our experience was amazing and we are native Chicagoans. Big shout out to Antonio! He was fun and super informative, there were a couple of facts I completely didn’t know. Viator should give him a raise!!!!
    star-5
    Go see our beautiful city...
    Jane_G
    , Aug 2022
    Go see our beautiful city this way! Our fabulous tour guide’s (Spiro) knowledge & humor made this experience even more enjoyable!
    star-5
    Fun in Chicago
    Jody_D
    , Aug 2022
    Being with family and friends. The awesome weather. Our tour guide was amazing. Beautiful experience and highly recommend to use Shoreline. Friendly staff.
    star-5
    Must see for yourself
    Maryssa_H
    , Aug 2022
    My words can’t express the actual experience. It’s beautiful and informative. Also very romantic for couples ❤️
    star-5
    Wonderful trip/tour
    Gahan_M
    , Aug 2022
    Excellent guide!! He was clear and very attentive to his audience. I understand more about Chicago and it’s architecture.
    star-5
    Tour guide, Sam, was...
    Kim_H
    , Aug 2022
    Tour guide, Sam, was amazing! A true highlight of our trip!! We all learned a lot about architecture, and had fun doing so!!
    star-5
    Fun and educational
    David_S
    , Aug 2022
    Knowledge of the tour guide with extensive Portugal in regards to architectural information. It was both fun and educational.
    star-5
    Informative and fun
    Katie_M
    , Aug 2022
    Lots of architectural facts and fun and accessible tour guide! Exciting without being too overly gimmicky.
    star-5
    Great Chicago experience!
    Georgia_M
    , Aug 2022
    Lovely experience. It was our first time in Chicago and I have a new appreciation for the beauty of the city.
    star-5
    Texans discover the Chicago Architecture River Tour
    Greg_B
    , Aug 2022
    Great evening of fun & learning courtesy of Spiro. Very knowledgeable & friendly. See you again real soon.
    star-5
    100 % recommended
    Rafael_M
    , Aug 2022
    The crew, the guide, the view! Great experience. Be on time, because they are on time, which is amazing!
    star-5
    Family visit
    Juan_O
    , Aug 2022
    We invited our relatives from Colombia to get to know the city where we live, they left Chicago delighted!! Thank you
    star-5
    Most enjoyable experience!
    Jattin_D
    , Aug 2022
    Very informative about the history of the architecture. I would do it again. I would also recommend this to my friends who would be visiting Chicago.
    star-5
    Best way to start a summer day visit to Chicago.
    David_W
    , Aug 2022
    Terrific way to start a day pre-hotel check in.. then a visit to the sky deck made it perfect. Chicago is a beautiful city and seeing it from the river or the 103rd floor of the Willis Sears) tower is incredible.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Really interesting tour!...
    KatherineElise_B
    , Aug 2022
    Really interesting tour! The guide was awesome! Chicago is a beautiful city and the river is a great way to see it.
    star-5
    Well worth it
    Jane_C
    , Aug 2022
    Very knowledgeable guide and great architecture. The organization is well organized and very helpful. We were late for our initial reservation (traffic) but they easily booked us on the next excursion, 45 minutes later.

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