Chicago Riverwalk
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  • Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise

    1. Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise

    Experience more of Chicago than on any other architectural cruise as you travel not only the main Chicago River but also the North Branch of the river (as far as the Old Montgomery Ward Building) and the South Branch of the river (nearly as far as Chinatown). View all of Chicago's architectural highlights during this comprehensive sightseeing tour. Be entertained by the expert and friendly tour guides as they explain the 130 year-long history behind the skyline, while bartenders and staff keep you comfortable with refreshments.  Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. The tour starts at the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) bridge and goes up the main branch of the Chicago River past Wolf Point, and cruises along the north and south branches of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk toward...

    The tour was great. The only problem was when my wife and I were checking in and the young man said that my ticket was invalid. The only reason we were able to go on the tour is that there was another gentleman there who knew that I had already purchased two tickets

  • Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

    2. Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

    Start your sunset cruise on the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue. Make your way along the main branch of the river towards Lake Michigan before entering the Chicago Locks, a modern engineering marvel, that will transfer the vessel onto the great Lake Michigan. The vessel will cruise along Lake Michigan as the sun sets behind the wonderful skyline offering several amazing views. Your local tour guide will give a very brief commentary along the Chicago River and entrance to Lake Michigan, but most of the 1.5-hour cruise is spent without narration, leaving you to watch the sun put on a beautiful display with the City skyline. Admire the many angles of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world. Capture magical views of Chicago's twin super-skyscrapers, the famous Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the John Hancock Building. You'll also ge...

    It was the best price for a river tour and I know sometimes if you pay less you get less but this star was outstanding. I would highly recommend

  • Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

    3. Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

    Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture from a unique perspective aboard a 45-minute cruise sailing down the Chicago River, which features a full-service cash bar and live commentary tailored to entertain the whole family. Experience the best of the Chicago River from Lakeshore Drive to the Willis Tower, navigating along the South branch of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. Be entertained by the fun and experienced tour guides as they explain the history behind Chicago’s buildings along the river and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing skyline. Enjoy the most relaxing way to sightsee in Chicago- a perfect way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion. Make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits. Explore the o...

    We had a great time! Shorter ride was perfect for young kids. Boat was clean and staff was friendly.

  • Chicago River: Guided Tour of Historic Chicago by Kayak

    4. Chicago River: Guided Tour of Historic Chicago by Kayak

    Join this guided kayak excursion on Chicago River’s Main Branch to paddle through a modern urban setting while imagining the city’s early historical locations. Kayak alone or in a tandem (2-person) kayak. Begin your experience with a 20-minute pre-tour session on land, where professional guides go over safety issues and the rules of the river. There will also be a brief paddling demonstration for those who are new or beginner kayakers. Afterward, your adventure on the water begins. Travel for about 2.5 miles along the Chicago River, stopping frequently to rest and chat. During your periodic stops, hear stories and details about Chicago’s rich history from the lead tour guide. Pass some of Chicago's most iconic sights along the way, including the Wrigley Building, Merchandise Mart, Aqua, Tribune Tower, and much more. Since the city grew up on the Chicago River, this tour is a great w...

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What people are saying about Chicago Riverwalk

Jack, our guide, made the tour! He was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining! It’s probably one of the best guided tours I’ve taken and I’ve traveled around the world. He’s a keeper!

It was the best price for a river tour and I know sometimes if you pay less you get less but this star was outstanding. I would highly recommend

It was a very good experience. I enjoyed the boat ride, the weather and the information about all the buildings and Chicago.

We had a great time! Shorter ride was perfect for young kids. Boat was clean and staff was friendly.

Absolutely loved seeing the architecture of Chicago!