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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

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US$ 49.28
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Take in the views on this 90-minute Architectural Tour, a jaw-dropping excursion through a city that defied all expectations … even the laws of gravity.
  • Take in Chicago's architecture from the vantage point of the Chicago River
  • Cruise includes in-depth commentary on architectural history
  • See more than 50 buildings during the cruise—much faster than if on foot
  • Refreshments and cookies are included; wine and beer can be purchased
  • Multiple departure times to fit your schedule
What to Expect
Make your way to the Lofts at River East on Ogden Slip in time to meet your departing architecture tour. Step on board and find a comfortable seat as the boat sets out for a cruise on the north, south, and main branches of the Chicago River. As you travel, listen to your guide's commentary, which sheds light on the city's rich architectural history. You can also enjoy included refreshments of coffee, tea, soft drinks, and cookies. Beer and wine are available for purchase. This tour showcases more than 50 important buildings in just a short time, which would take much longer if attempting to view by foot. Highlights include the John Hancock Building, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Marina City, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, and NBC Tower. Return to your departure point at the conclusion of your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and cookies
  • Live commentary on board
  • Gratuities
  • Beer and wine (available for purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • 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 175 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Great to do with tourists / family / friends visiting in town. If you ran out of things to do, or even without, you should hit this up, especially on nice days. They serve beer and cocktails and bathrooms on board. It's not too long...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Stephen M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great tour. A must in Chicago. Only way to see the amazing buildings. Going through the likes was a really neat experience too.

Thank Edward V
Reviewed 1 week ago

I great way to learn a lot about the city and the skyline in a short amount of time. The bar area and staff are very nice and knowledgeable. The cruise is very well done, in that the information is just enough to enjoy without...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Joseph P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the best thing you can do in Chicago if you have any interest in architecture or building or just history. We had Dan as our guide and he was amazing. His knowledge and insight to Chicago and it’s architecture is incredible. He did...More

Thank scandude
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the architecture cruise. Jim was an excellent docent - very knowledgeable, engaging, and passionate. We learned so much and really gained an appreciation for the Chicago skyline and the city's history. We went at 6pm and got to watch the sunset. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Jiminysuzy | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly it was 2 hours.
Mahrokh S
25 September 2019|
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Response from Michael W | Reviewed this property |
I think it would be ok but I would double check with them. Check the website for contacting the office.
18 September 2019|
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