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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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, Chicago, IL
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, 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.
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: 1: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
2: 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
- Duration: 1 hour (Approx.)
- Return Details: Returns to original departure point
- Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
- Live commentary on board
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
- 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
We had an excellent time and Jim was very engaging and knowledgeable.
We were only in town for a couple of days and very glad we chose this activity
This is what everyone says to do here. Unique, history - fire, river reverse, midwest architects, smelly onions - all good for all ages.
It was was my 4th rivet tour. Every time my friends come to stay with me I take them to the architecture tour because I think it gives you an opportunity to see and admire Chicago from a different prospective. This last tour was the most enjoyable. There was so much information about the buildings, innovative construction ideas, and history on how Chicago was developing. I was impressed.
We took our cruise right before sunset and it was a great way to start our evening. Our tour guide gave us lots of great information about the many beautiful buildings along the river. We were fortunate to get a amazing sunset while we were on our river cruise. Looking at the skyline of Chicago right at sunset was the best part of our evening. The bonus for us was a full moon was coming up at the same time.
Our group had a great time, tour leader clearly loves his job and was very knowledgeable. Would recommend for your visit to Chicago, especially at night.
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Product code: COOL-5580ARC
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