Chicago Architecture River Cruise

3020 Reviews | Chicago, USA

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Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience


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. From Memorial Day to Labor Day (May 29 - September 6,) each ticket includes a one-way water taxi ticket.


  • 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 4.78 out of 5 stars based on 3020 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Ann-Marie, Apr 2021 Verified
The docent was great! Very informative. Beautiful day. Would do it again in a heart beat when we come back.
Whitney, Mar 2021 Verified
The facilitator did great job. I liked the combination of facts with humor. I would definitely take a tour from him again.
geoffrey p, Mar 2021 Verified
Very knowledgeable guide with a passion for Chicago. He spoke quickly but covered the plethora of amazing buildings in succinct detail. Great guide for a beautiful city.
Wonderful River Cruise
Cherie M, Mar 2021 Verified
We thoroughly enjoyed the River Cruise. It was a beautiful day and our tour guide was very informative about all the architecture of the city. We learned a lot about all the different buildings and the history of the city. I highly recommend this tour.
wlnewhouse, Mar 2021 Verified
Such a phenomenal experience! Jake was an amazing guide making our journey through Chicago informative and fun!
Great!!! Loved it!!!
Yesenia P, Mar 2021 Verified
Our tour guide was amazing, great experience!
Mo, Mar 2021 Verified
It was very informative and just long enough...but I suppose that’s because it was a windy cold day. The staff is very friendly!
Educational but still fun!
Sara F, Mar 2021 Verified
This was a great trip for myself and my 11- year old son. The host (?) was super fun, knowledgeable, and all around likeable. I appreciated the mask requirements and social distancing precautions as well.
DOLORES C, Mar 2021 Verified
The tour guide was very educational and entertaining, had a great time! It was a beautiful day in Chicago.
Kathy C, Mar 2021 Verified
Great tour guide. Interesting and funny historical tour of beautiful buildings in a beautiful city. Highly recommend as a must do.

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