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

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

From $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 - 75 minutes
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
English

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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.
Includes
  • 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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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 2782 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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Truly enjoyable architecture tour! Beyond the spectacular views that you can only get from being on the river itself, the tour guide was knowledgeable, personable, and very entertaining. I was inspired to look up and learn about Jeanne Gang after the tour (a notable Chicago architect adding to the skyline). Highly recommend this activity for every visitor to this great city. Take an hour off your feet. Relaxing and fascinating at the same time.

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April 7, 2021

We decided to do this last minute when one of our other activities didn’t work out. I’m so glad we did! Our guide was funny and knowledgeable. It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be. The architecture of the buildings is beautiful with a view you wouldn’t otherwise get! Highly recommend this tour!

March 24, 2021

The Shoreline Boat tour, which I learned was family operated, was a fantastic day activity. Visiting Chicago this was one of the 1st things on our list to do. The tour guide was very informational, funny, and knew what he was talking about, plus more! The tour was fantastic & beautiful showing us the architecture up and down the River. The boat was clean and crew was nice. Will do again on our next trip. 10/10 5 stars.

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March 8, 2021

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