Chicago Architecture River Cruise
Book with us and save 8% off this same tour compared to what you'll pay on other major travel sites.
- 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
Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings on your cruise including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Aon Center, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), the IBM Building and more. Your guide, an expert in architecture, will recount 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.
Along the scenic 75-minute route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). This river tour provides the best advantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and marvel at world-famous architecture while learning about Chicago's fascinating history.
For a full list of Chicago architectural wonders seen on this tour, see the Itinerary section below.
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Tour Departs at 10am
Tour departs at 11:30am
Departs at 1:30pm
Departs at 3:15pm
Architecture River Cruise in Chicago
- 75-minute guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
- Live commentary on board
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- All boats have full restrooms, double-deck seating and a full bar
- Wheelchair accessible (except for upper decks)
- Navy Pier
- Lake Point Tower
- Aon Center
- John Hancock Center
- Cityfront Center
- Illinois Center
- NBC Tower
- Chicago Tribune Tower
- London Guarantee Building333 North Michigan Building
- 401 North Michigan
- Wrigley Building
- 35 East Wacker
- Leo Burnett Building
- IBM Building
- Marina City
- • RR Donnelley Center
- • LaSalle-Wacker Building
- • 222 North LaSalle
- • Central Office Building
- Merchandise Mart
- 333 West Wacker, Montgomery Ward Complex
- River Cottages, Merchandise Mart
- Fulton House
- 225 West Wacker
- Boeing World Headquarters
- Civic Opera Building
- AT&T Corporate Center
- USG Building
- Riverside Plaza
- Citicorp Center
- Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
- Chicago Board of Trade
- Central US Post Office
- US Post Office Central Processing and Distribution Center
- 311 South Wacker
- River City
Reviewed by: Stanley H, October 2014
Of course, it helped that the weather was wonderful, but what a great tour! Good tour guide! Very informative. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewed by: Karen G, October 2014
Loved the trip.....travel guide was superb......weather was perfect. Just a side note:
I was unable to reach the Chicago ticket office to find out if there were any openings for the 10/9 tour
at 11:30AM. Since I couldn't reach them, I called Viator and bought my tickets on line for 31.50 each.
Just my luck, the box office was having a special sale on October 9th.....and the tickets were only $18.50.
Oh well, it was worth the money either way. Thanks for your help!