Chicago Architecture River Cruise

3431 Reviews | Chicago, USA

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Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a cruise down 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.


  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Family friendly
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Great overview and orientation of the city



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Average 4.79 out of 5 stars based on 3431 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Lawrence_E, Nov 2021 Verified
Enjoyed the background info on the buildings. The tour guide was very informative. The trip length was perfect. Glad their was alcohol on board!!
Brenda_C, Nov 2021 Verified
If you think you might not enjoy it because you’re not into architecture, think again. The trip is stunning, the guide was fantastic and funny and the ride is smooth. Be sure to bundle up in cooler temps!! Highly recommend!
Paulette_C, Nov 2021 Verified
The boat tour was amazing. We loved learning about the history of Chicago. It made our trip more meaningful as we were walking around those buildings later in our trip.
Sophia_S, Nov 2021 Verified
Joe was a terrific guide! You can tell he has a real passion for the city and it’s beautiful architecture. Would definitely recommend this boat tour + him as your host, if you can get the stars to align!
Gloria_E, Nov 2021 Verified
Views! Views! Views! Our tour guide was awesome! Loved his humor and genuine appreciation to architecture.
Peggy_K, Nov 2021 Verified
William’s knowledge and passion for the tour were impressive. I look forward to the tour another time as there was so much to see.
eddy_eagles, Nov 2021 Verified
Our tour guide / docent was amazing. Even though we got caught in the rain, I had the absolute best time and feel like I learned so much. Bonus of some great surprise harmonica blues. Would recommend this to anyone visiting Chicago.
Myrna_A, Nov 2021 Verified
Learning the history of Chicago while enjoying the beautiful view. Our beautiful and energetic tour guide,Erica did not let the frigid temperature affect her presentation.
libbyd460, Nov 2021 Verified
Besides the slight snow, we enjoyed the tour. It was one hour and filled with just the right amount of history if Chicago. Will definitely recommend!
Courtney_S, Nov 2021 Verified
Highly recommend if you love learning history and the stories of architecture. Great way to take in some of Chicago’s most infamous buildings and sight seeing! Just plan to dress warm during the Fall/Winter months

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