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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

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Chicago, United States
Chicago Architectural River Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


See the towers, piers and iconic landmarks along the Chicago River on an architectural cruise through the heart of the city. Enjoy complimentary refreshments on deck as you cruise down the historic waterway, while listening to fun stories and facts throughout the tour. Spot gargoyles that keep watch high above the city, and buildings that range from Neoclassical to Art Deco. Take in over fifty sites from Lake Point Tower to the Navy Pier, and see the Second City from the water.
  • Architecture-focused boat tour on the Chicago River
  • Spot the architectural gems of the city
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • See a different side of Chicago
  • Tour is wheelchair accesible

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Enjoy beverages and treats while you learn about architecture on this Chicago River cruise.
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Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages
Live commentary on board
Beer and wine (available for purchase)
465 N McClurg Ct , 465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Address is 465 N. McClurg Court (on a hidden branch of the Chicago River called the "Ogden Slip") behind Pinstripes Cafe Please note we are not located at Navy Pier. There is street parking on Illinois. The ticket office is no more than 300 feet from the vessels.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Chicago Line Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Architectural River Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Architectural River Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architectural River Cruise.
What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Architectural River Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architectural River Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Architectural River Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architectural River Cruise.

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Traveler Tips

  • "I would recommend doing this cruise at night so you ca see the lights of the city." See review
  • "Definitely pay attn to their directions as they are NOT on Navy Pier." See review
  • "These boats definitely need to seat everyone on the upper level." See review


711 Reviews

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I will take this tour...
, Oct 2021
I will take this tour every time I’m in Chicago! Everything about the experience was great! Take this tour, you won’t regret it.
It was a very good time. ...
, Oct 2021
It was a very good time. Very comfortable and very well explained by the guide. Always when my family come from my country I take them to different hours and this one is always my # 1
Local tourist
, Oct 2021
I make it a point to take this tour every year to see what is new in Chicago lake/river front architecture. It never disappoints. I recommend that every Chicagoan should do this. You learn very interesting things about our wonderful city.
Taste of Chicago
, Sep 2021
Knowledgeable & professional staff. The buildings were unbelievable and the history lesson was great.
My daughter is attending...
, Sep 2021
My daughter is attending college in Chicago for architecture and for her birthday we felt it would be fun to take the river boat tour, we were not disappointed
Very informative
, Sep 2021
The Docent was fabulous, she knew so much about all the buildings. Wish the boat had gone a little slower to get photos. A simple map with street names next to the river & a building name would be a great add so we could go back at street level & explore more. Thanks for a great tour, rain & all!
Well organized.
, Aug 2021
Very knowledgable and enthusiastic narrator. Boat clean and well organized. Easy to book the tickets and find the dock.
Small Boat, long ride.
, Aug 2021
The history of the buildings, the nice view, the smooth boat ride, the care was nice. I wouldn't recommended to go on this tour with kids.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bad service
, Aug 2021
Worse customer service ever. There is not a live person to talk to. Everything is done by email and they never answered my emails. There is also no phone number.
Wonderful tour with a guide that really knows his City
, Aug 2021
The 12:00 guide was so knowledgeable and amazing. You could tell he loves architecture and Chicago. His explanations, descriptions, and subtle humor make this tour a winner.

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