• Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)
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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this 75-minute tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like the Aon Center, 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).

Highlights

  • Architecture cruise down the historic Chicago River
  • 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 admire world-famous architecture
  • See more than 40 buildings including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building and the Aon Center
  • Discover the major events that helped shape the architectural history of Chicago

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago River Cruise

Make your way to either Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue for your cruise departure. Board your river boat 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 75-minute 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 the Aon Center, the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) the Wrigley Building and the IBM Building. 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.

Please see the Itinerary section below for a full list of buildings on the tour.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

James E USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

A really great way to see the city and learn about Chicago history. Our guide was FABULOUS!!!!!!!Taking the 12;30 PM cruise was perfect, enjoyed the Navy Pier and then the cruise. The staff was excellent!!

stocksmodel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

It's a great tour!

Rachel D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

It was a foggy day but still gorgeous. The guide was very knowledgeable. I saw and learned a lot about Chicago in a short period of time. Highly recommend!

Hazel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

A great way to see the different buildings of the city!! Staff and boat crew were great!! Docent was very knowledgeable.

Kathy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

This was a gem! We are thrilled we did this tour. It was informative, pleasant and interesting. The buildings are fantastic, our guide was outstanding, and the boats are smooth, clean and fun! We will definitely do this again when we return to Chicago!

Becky A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Very entertaining and informative.

Patricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

We had a wonderful tour of the architectural view of the city. Our guide was well informed and interesting

marybester

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Jim our tour guide was great! Stephanie at Giardellis wants to meet him to confirm that he’s real! Great tour!

Raymond H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

The Guide on our tour was so knowledgeable and fluent that it made it just a great informative and enlightening experience, BRAVO

Kay L D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

There is not a single building on this river tour that is not an amazing work of art. Our tour guide, Jalen(?) Was extremely knowledgeable and fun to learn from. Go. Now.

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