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

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

From $44.69 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 75 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
English, Spanish

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 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.
  • 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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    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 2977 reviews

    Review summary

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    The trip was fantastic--wet from the rain, but the docent was a great speaker and very informative and knowledgeable. My friend has a mobility issue, and the staff held the boat for us, as well as placed him in a wheelchair and put a ramp down very quickly, enabling us to get on the boat in a timely manner. At the end of the excellent trip, they once again sprang into action and Rambo (one of the staff) and a couple of others went to the trouble of pushing him in the wheelchair over to the taxi stand and made sure we were able to get into a taxi that would work for him. The staff were outstanding, and I can't give them enough praise!

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    July 17, 2021

    Sam, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and definitely excited about what he does. The cruise took us along the three branches of the Chicago River. It was amazing seeing all the architectural history along side new construction. Fantastic tour and a must for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of Chicago!!

    June 11, 2021

    We learned a tremendous amount about the city’s history and architecture. It was a great experience for our multi-generational family. It was a bit confusing knowing which cruise line our tickets were with but the staff were helpful and friendly. I hole they pay Vic very well for his in depth, entertaining tour of the city. He deserves big tips.

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    May 31, 2021

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