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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a 60-minute cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from your onboard guide, an expert in architecture.

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1 hour


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  • What's included :
    • Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
    • Live commentary on board
    What's excluded :
    • Drinks (available for purchase)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

    Cruise takes place on the Chicago River

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Chicago Skyline, Chicago, IL 60601

    Enjoy an amazing view of the city's skyline

    Pass By: Chicago Board of Trade Building, 141 W Jackson Blvd La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60604-2992

    An art deco masterpiece, this is the home of many of the city's financial movers and shakers.

    Pass By: Wrigley Building, 410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4213

    This white, terra-cotta landmark was built in 1922 as headquarters for the Wrigley chewing gum company.

    Pass By: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3419

    50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions, including a 15-story Ferris wheel.

    Pass By: Illinois Center, 233 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-5519

    This mixed-used building is notable in that the streets running through it have three levels.

    Pass By: Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Drive entrance on Jackson Blvd (south side of building), Chicago, IL 60606-7147

    Tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

    Pass By: Tribune Tower, 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4066

    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: 222 Merchandise Mart Plz Suite 107, Chicago, IL 60654-1103

    The largest commercial building in the world. First two floors are essentially a mall, and the rest is business offices

    Pass By: Marina City, 300 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654-5414

    Unique architecture for a building complex as its own self-contained community.

    Pass By: Lake Point Tower, 505 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611-3427

    A high-rise residential building located on a promontory of the Lake Michigan lakefront

    Pass By: 333 West Wacker Drive, 333 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606-1220

    Noted for its reflection of the curves of the Chicago River

    Pass By: The East Bank Club, 500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60654-5721

    A health club with 450,000 square feet of space

    Pass By: The Lyric Opera House, 20 N Wacker Dr 60606, Chicago, IL 60606-2806

    Well-known opera company puts on lavish performances in this massive Art Deco Civic Opera House.

    Pass By: Citicorp Center, 500 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60661-4544

    Located between Clinton and Canal Streets on Madison Street, the structure was designed in a late modernist style.

    Pass By: 360 Chicago Observation Deck, 875 N Michigan Avenue 94th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611-1803

    Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center

    Pass By: John Hancock Center, 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-1803

    The John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper

    Pass By: London Guarantee Building, 360 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-3814

    The London Guarantee Building or London Guaranty & Accident Building is a historic 1923 commercial skyscraper

    Pass By: Historic Water Tower, 806 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2103

    Chicago-focused gallery, specializing in photos, inside a 19th-century Gothic limestone landmark.

    Pass By: Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

    The Chicago Architecture Center is home to a 4,000-building scale model of Chicago

    Pass By: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801

    The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation's first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city's first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes.

    Pass By: Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-6530

    Located within Grant Park, Millennium Park is home to Cloud Gate, or "the bean."

    Pass By: Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60605

    Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology.

    Pass By: Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

    A continuous walkway connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown.

  • Departure Point :
    401 N Michigan Ave Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • 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
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


English - Guide

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Organised by Shoreline Sightseeing

Activity ID: V-5580ARC

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