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

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

From US$ 38.15 per person

Cruise along the Chicago River on a 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
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What customers loved


  • 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 75-minute cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River, and marvel at the architecture that have 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 spiritial 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.
  • 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
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Join the Shoreline Sightseeing boat boarding line by the Chicago River, just East of du Sable Bridge (Michigan Ave. Bridge) and on the North Shore of the Chicago River. Look for greeters in bright orange.

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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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2731 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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This tour was highly educational and very enjoyable. We learned a lot and chuckled along with our tour guide! It's certainly a strange time to be taking a tour but they maintained social distancing guidelines and properly cleanliness. I highly recommend this company and our tour guide! Thank you for the great experience. PS - Check out the tour at night - the city really comes alive!

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September 15, 2020

Very informative, entertaining and well orchestrated tour! I have actually done this tour a few times with different friends and family members and I always learn new facts and figures related to the city, architecture and/or stories they share every time! Everyone I’ve taken on the tour agrees that it is the highlight for them with everything they learn and get to see! Five stars, this, and every other time!

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September 14, 2020

It was fantastic. Our tour guide kevin was so funny and informative. My husband has mild ADD with most things and even he was interested and paying attention because the tour was so interesting and made to be fun for adults and children. There was a bar on board. Truly a wonderful experience!

November 4, 2019

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