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Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

From US$ 39 per person

Cruise along the Chicago River on a 60- or 75-minute tour, and discover hidden architectural gems among the city’s renowned landmarks. Led by a docent providing live narration, the tour passes more than 40 structures and sails under historic bridges.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1 hour - 75 minutes
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
English, Spanish

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Experience

Highlights
  • Cruise along all 3 branches of the Chicago River
  • Get an insight into 40 landmark buildings from an on board docent
  • See Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, Marina City, Willis Tower and more
  • Relax on board with a drink from the cash bar
  • Skip the ticket office and go directly to boarding line by pre-purchasing your ticket online
Full description
Climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise vessel for a 60- or 75-minute cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River, and marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary. Get an insight into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture. Your expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building, Trump Tower, and more. Relax with a glass of something cold from the cash bar, as you cruise the Windy City’s waterway, and learn its status as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Includes
  • Architecture river cruise
  • Live commentary
  • A barcoded ticket allowing you to skip the ticket office and proceed directly to the boarding line
  • Boarding photo
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks

Know before you go

  •  Note: at the start and end of the season, this cruise will only be offered as a 60-minute option
  • Please dress for an outdoor activity
  • A cash bar is on board most vessels, depending on the season
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time
  •  Don't forget your camera
  •  Please note, a $10 per ticket change fee will be charged by the local partner for any date or time changes made on the original date of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 3154 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Patrick was our tour guide. He’s very knowledgeable and friendly. He’s great and if you have questions, he will try to answer it. He’s thriving theater actor and has tons of knowledge with the buildings, architects and you can hear his enthusiast from his voice. You can hear that he is a proud Chicago guy.

September 22, 2021

Our guide has been narrating the tour for 20 years, and he was excellent! I am sorry I didn't catch his name. I've long wanted to take this tour, and it has been recommended to us many times. I will continue to recommend this to anyone looking for something to do in Chicago.

August 30, 2021

The view was breathtaking , we had a commentator the whole time that at first I thought I wouldn’t like … but he had so many fascinating facts & info on Chicago!!! , I learned so much from him, especially being my first time in Chicago , I feel like I got the much needed back story (thanks Pat) Loved this tour !!!!! Got some amazing videos too. Well worth the money!

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August 29, 2021

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