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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 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
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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

Skip the lines at the ticket office and climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise for a 60- or 75-minute cruise of all 3 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, Marina City, Willis 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. End your tour in the same place where you boarded the boat.

  • Architecture river cruise
  • Live commentary
  • A barcoded ticket allowing you to skip the ticket office and proceed directly to the boarding line
  • Boarding photo
  • Food and drinks (may be purchased)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
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 3203 reviews

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The tour was great. Lots of interesting facts. Our host couldn’t make it and they had a recording of her sessions. I recommend they record a new, better one because theirs is bad quality and could barely be heard. Either way, beautiful view. I’m guessing it’s a lot better when the host is in person.

December 15, 2021

Kevin was great!! The trip was a little chilly but we were able to warm up with a hot chocolate with Baileys! We did a bus city tour also and it was great to be able to see the city from both the water and the streets. I highly recommend this tour!

December 14, 2021

I had been in Chicago for a few days until I got around to doing this tour. I wish I had started with the boat tour as it really gave the city a ton of character and Nathan’s love for the city was infectious. I went into this tour thinking of Chicago as mostly a city with great food but after the tour I felt a new sense of fondness for its beautiful skyline. If anyone is visiting Chicago I’d suggest doing this tour first to give you a real sense of the Second City. P.S. the bartender made me a great cocktail.

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November 27, 2021

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