1. United States
  2. Illinois
  3. Chicago
  4. Willis Tower

Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

Product ID: 361750
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Cruise down the Chicago River and see the city’s most spectacular landmarks on a 45-minute boat cruise with family-friendly live commentary and a full-service bar on board.
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Duration: 45 minutes
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  • Navigate with your family through the heart of the City on the Chicago River
  • Learn from expert guides about what makes Chicago architecture so amazing
  • Relax on board with locally sourced food and drinks from the full-service cash bar
  • Pre-purchase your ticket to skip the line and guarantee your place on this popular cruise
Full description
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 open-air decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.
  • Local expert tour guide
  • Outdoor and interior deck access
  • Climate-controlled seating
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase onboard)
  • Tips

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet the cruise's staff at the top of the stairs at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge at the foot of the Wrigley Building.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Face mask or protective covering
Not allowed
  • Weapons or sharp objects
Know before you go
• Due to COVID-19 bar and concessions are temporarily closed – passengers can bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and food
• This tour takes place rain or shine
• Children under 4 years of age are free
• Seats on the decks are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis
• All bags are subject to a security search
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Wendella Tours & Cruises

Product ID: 361750