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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 Travellers 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 travellers can participate
    • Departure locations cannot be changed
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travellers
    • 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.

    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 sanitisation during Chicago Architecture River Cruise?
    A:The policy on sanitisation is:

    • Regularly sanitised 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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    Traveller 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

    Reviews

    5.0
    star-5
    7,516 reviews

    Reviews by Viator travellers

    Showing 1-10 of 7,516 reviews
    star-5
    Great trip highly recommended.
    John_G
    , May 2022
    Andrew the docent was knowledgeable and passionate about Chicago and Chicago history and bought the city to life.
    star-5
    “Built” up tour met the hype!
    Brittainy_S
    , May 2022
    Had the best time. This came highly recommended by locals and tourists alike. Very informational, beautiful cruise and friendly/funny staff.
    star-4
    Excellent adventure, nice tour.
    James_G
    , May 2022
    The Architectural tour was incredible, the Guide extremely Knowledgeable. My only complaint would be with Viator, the ticket did not say Shoreline cruises anywhere on it, I went to Wendella first, very confusing.
    star-5
    Great cruise. Spiro was a...
    Travis_J
    , May 2022
    Great cruise. Spiro was a fantastic guide!! Seeing Chicago from the river was educational and exciting!!
    star-5
    Awesome experience!
    Melissa_G
    , May 2022
    This is one of the neatest things to do while in Chicago! Very informative, fun and relaxing! Great way to spend a few hours of your day!
    star-4
    Boat tour in the Chi
    Tamara_H
    , May 2022
    Very nice tour and boat for most and all. Bar in the back nice 😋! Very informative and nice tour guide lady !!
    star-5
    Fabulous river tour!
    Katie_F
    , May 2022
    The tour was fantastic, our guide Victor was so knowledgeable and had so much history and information about Chicago as well as the buildings and the architects. The ship and crew were wonderful. We can highly recommend this tour.
    star-4
    This tour is the main thing a visitor who is in Chicago for the first time must do!
    Eda_D
    , May 2022
    Very Knowledgeable guide! Great experience! Spring and fall are the best periods for this activity The ship was not full. Be there about15 min before the departure
    star-5
    The Guide was awesome and...
    Charlie_W
    , May 2022
    The Guide was awesome and informative and the architecture was beautiful. I would definitely recommend it to anyone
    star-5
    Super
    Lina_M
    , May 2022
    Cousins came from Canada and they were thrilled at the beauty of Chicago. I would love to thank Spiro, amazing person. 👏
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    star-5
    Excellent docent! Great...
    miwinfrey
    , May 2022
    Excellent docent! Great experience. Bring more weather gear than you think as it is colder on the river out of the sun.
    star-5
    One of Chicago’s Best Times
    Luciano_G
    , May 2022
    The tour was great. Having a drink while watching the sights go was great. Our docent (Jack) was very informative and nice and told some good dad jokes. A great time!
    star-5
    Higly recommend
    DAJEONG_K
    , May 2022
    Guide Andrew's explanation was awesome and the course was great!!!! It is way better than Boston duck tour
    star-5
    Fantastic trip
    Edwina_G
    , May 2022
    The narration provided enhanced the view of each building. The weather was also great. Would recommend this trip to a visitor to Chicago
    star-3
    Good Tour, leave extra time though to try to figure out where to park and board
    PatriciaL_H
    , May 2022
    Most memorable -- not having clear directions as to where to go to park and to board the boat. Your website and ticket confirmation needs to include that information. We almost missed the boat because we had to drive around to figure out where to park and then wander around asking people if they knew where we were supposed to go to board. The tour itself was fine and the tour guide did a great job. Although she had to cram a lot of information in so she talked REALLY fast! Other than the lack of parking/boarding information, the tour was fine.
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    star-5
    Best thing to do!
    Kyle_W
    , May 2022
    Best tour! Awesome to learn more about the city and see all of the buildings. Our guide Sam did a fantastic job!
    star-5
    The history of the city is woven into the architecture of the buildings
    Alexander_B
    , May 2022
    Interesting, informative and fun. Andrew the tour guide knocked it out of the park. When it started raining the crew gave us complimentary plastic ponchos. Learned a lot about Chicago and its unique architecture. 10/10 would recommend.
    star-5
    Wonderful tour
    Connie_S
    , May 2022
    I learned so much about architecture and Chicago from our great tour guide! I highly recommend this river cruise.
    star-5
    Great tour
    Donald_F
    , May 2022
    Awesome tour All staff was excellent Knowledgable which made it so enjoyable Drinks and having a rest room on board was a real plus Thank you!
    star-5
    Tour
    Sue_E
    , May 2022
    The tour guide was amazing. Very informative, and nice. Beautiful buildings. Good price. Great drinks.

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