Chicago Architecture River Cruise


141 West Jackson Boulevard

36.24 USD

1 - 15

1 hr 15 mins


in 141 West Jackson Boulevard
From $36.24 USD
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Overview
  • Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a cruise down the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from your onboard guide, an expert in architecture.

Location
  • Around:
    • 141 West Jackson Boulevard
    • 300 N. State Street
    • E Upper Wacker Dr
    • 400-410 North Michigan Avenue
    • 435 North Michigan Avenue #6
    • 337 E. Randolph Street
    • 201 E. Randolph Street, The Loop
    • 875 N. Michigan Avenue
    • 78 East Washington Street
    • The Loop
    • 600 E. Grand Avenue, at N. Lake Shore Drive, Streeterville
    • 233 S. Wacker Drive, The Loop
    • Chicago
  • Pickup: 1: 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    2: 124 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Categories
  • Cruises Day Cruises
  • Cruises Water Tours
  • Artsy Architecture Tours
  • Landmarks category City Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at:
  • Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

Additional
  • Price per person: $36.24
  • Size: 1 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide

Inclusion
  • Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River.
    Live commentary on board

Exclusion
  • Drinks (available for purchase)

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL

Cruise takes place on the Chicago River.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Pass By: Chicago Skyline, Chicago, IL 60601

Enjoy an amazing view of the city's skyline.

Pass By: Chicago Board of Trade Building, 141 W Jackson Blvd La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60604-2992

An art deco masterpiece, this is the home of many of the city's financial movers and shakers.

Pass By: Wrigley Building, 410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4213

This white, terra-cotta landmark was built in 1922 as headquarters for the Wrigley chewing gum company.

Pass By: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3419

50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions, including a 15-story Ferris wheel.

Pass By: Illinois Center, 233 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-5519

This mixed-used building is notable in that the streets running through it have three levels.

Pass By: Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, 233 S Wacker Drive entrance on Jackson Blvd (south side of building), Chicago, IL 60606-7147

Tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

Pass By: Tribune Tower, 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4066

The neo-gothic tower's signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St. Peter's Basilica, Notre Dame, the White House and most recently, the Berlin Wall.

Pass By: 222 Merchandise Mart Plz Suite 107, Chicago, IL 60654-1103

The largest commercial building in the world. First two floors are essentially a mall, and the rest is business offices

Pass By: Marina City, 300 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654-5414

Unique architecture for a building complex as its own self-contained community.

Pass By: Lake Point Tower, 505 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611-3427

A high-rise residential building located on a promontory of the Lake Michigan lakefront

Pass By: 333 West Wacker Drive, 333 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606-1220

Noted for its reflection of the curves of the Chicago River

Pass By: The East Bank Club, 500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60654-5721

A health club with 450,000 square feet of space

Pass By: The Lyric Opera House, 20 N Wacker Dr 60606, Chicago, IL 60606-2806

Well-known opera company puts on lavish performances in this massive Art Deco Civic Opera House.

Pass By: Citicorp Center, 500 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Located between Clinton and Canal Streets on Madison Street, the structure was designed in a late modernist style.

Pass By: John Hancock Center, 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-1803

The John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper

Pass By: London Guarantee Building, 360 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601-3814

The London Guarantee Building or London Guaranty & Accident Building is a historic 1923 commercial skyscraper

Pass By: Historic Water Tower, 806 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2103

Chicago-focused gallery, specializing in photos, inside a 19th-century Gothic limestone landmark.

Pass By: Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

The Chicago Architecture Center is home to a 4,000-building scale model of Chicago

Pass By: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801

The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation's first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city's first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes.

Pass By: Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-6530

Located within Grant Park, Millennium Park is home to Cloud Gate, or "the bean."

Pass By: Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology.

Pass By: Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601

A continuous walkway connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown.

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Not wheelchair accessible.
All boats have full restrooms and some have a full bar.
Some boats are single deck vessels, the type of vessel you are placed on cannot be guaranteed.
Wheelchairs or other walking assistance equipment are not provided..
Tour times cannot be changed..
Near public transportation.
Most travelers can participate.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Reviews

4.8 stars, based on 3401 reviews
Rhonda S
Rhonda S

The tour guide is FABULOUS! The tour was fun and educational. She made meaningful observations about the architecture that bring the city to life! She is so engaging--easy to listen.

24/09/2021
Jerry R
Jerry R

The guide was amazing. She gave us a lot of information in a capivating and entertaining manner. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

22/09/2021
RJAllard
RJAllard

I’ll admit-this was a bit of a hard sell to my family. An “Architectural Cruise” sounded a little boring to them, but everyone of us had a great time. I think our guide was Kevin and he was funny and brilliant. The biggest surprise was how interesting the stories were-the Chicago skyline has some fascinating stories behind it. We’re still talking about what we learned and I know we will do so for a while. Plus the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. A win anyway you look at it.

20/09/2021
Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Tour guide William was excellent. Just enough history and jokes/trivia. Very knowledgeable and could tell he enjoyed what he was doing. Very pleasant, calm voice

20/09/2021
Adam
Adam

Tour guide Evan was energetic, informative and humorous. It was obvious he enjoyed his job and made the great tour that much better.

20/09/2021
Theresa H
Theresa H

Our guide, Victor, was excellent! He was very knowledgeable and a bit funny! He really knew the buildings, architecture and history.

20/09/2021
Kathy
Kathy

Our guide Spiro was extremely knowledgeable and did a delightful job bringing Chicago architecture
to life. He was funny but very informed. He did a great job.

20/09/2021
Margaret H
Margaret H

I earned so much about the city I grew up in! The guide was extremely knowledgeable and well spoken A beautiful day!

20/09/2021
MollyEstes
MollyEstes

This was by far one of our favorite experiences in Chicago. The guide was very knowledgeable and thorough, we came out of the trip having learned a lot and really enjoyed our time!

20/09/2021
Karina
Karina

Great 360 Chicago view. It was not too crowded so it was perfect. Strongly recommended.for anyone visiting Chicago

20/09/2021
Todd H
Todd H

Tour guides were fun. Bar for drinks. Great views of the city. Late after noon was comfortable in September.

19/09/2021
hernand927
hernand927

Tour guide,Sam, was one of the best I ever had. I choose Viator every time I travel, but this time there was a bit of a commotion because they couldn’t scan my reservation time even though I had the paper copy with me. Therefore, the override it and did it manually.

18/09/2021
Chaka
Chaka

1st I keep getting a reminder for a date that I changed which is making me believe I was charged twice.

2nd I personally believe the cruise is too long due to the fact people stopped paying attention 30 mins into the tour, he had to keep telling people to quite down.
Most of the information in the beginning of the tour was great which about 30 to 45 mins but after that it was not so interesting and a waste of time.

14/09/2021
Chad
Chad

Loved this cruise...3rd time but the city always changes, so always worth it! Took our son who's 8 and he loved it as well!

14/09/2021
James B
James B

Adam did a great job as the tour guide, we really enjoyed it as it was both informative and fun. It is a great way to get a better understanding of Chicago history as well as the Architecture. I would recommend this tour for sure.

14/09/2021
Scot L
Scot L

Perfect weather, very informative, comfortable ride, lots of Chicago history shared, well worth the price

14/09/2021
Jim G
Jim G

Joe was a great docent. Very informative and entertaining
Many architectural details were pointed out that one might normally not notice

13/09/2021
Monte P
Monte P

Excellent accommodations and a very knowledgeable presenter. We will recommend this cruise to all family and friends coming to Chicago

13/09/2021
Brendan W
Brendan W

Wonderful experience- we had a great tour guide- I believe his name is Victor- very informative! We would advise to wear a hat and sunscreen as it can bet hot.

13/09/2021
Alfredo R
Alfredo R

It was great! Patrick was amazing and we learned so much about the history of Chicago and all the beautiful architecture in the city

13/09/2021
Sara S
Sara S

We had a wonderful time! Kevin was an excellent guide who was entertaining. We learned so much and enjoyed seeing the architecture of Chicago. We would highly recommend it.

13/09/2021
DIANA B
DIANA B

Docent was well informed and interesting. Loved just seeing all the buildings and understanding their history and design. It would be a great evening tour as well.

13/09/2021
Angelica H
Angelica H

Thank you Kevin for making this tour so fun and informative. You can really tell he loves his job! The beauty of the surroundings speak for themselves.

13/09/2021
sanjay
sanjay

MUST DO ACTIVITY. The guide was awesome and incredibly knowledgeable. The architecture and stories behind it are out of this work

12/09/2021
Kathleen B
Kathleen B

Patrick our docent was wonderful- so informative and engaging. Not only did we learn about Chicago’s architecture but also some of its history.

11/09/2021
Devan A
Devan A

Our docent, Becky, was outstanding. Great sense of humor and deep subject matter knowledge. The boat was clean and well kept.

11/09/2021
Karl
Karl

Our guide , Adam, was terrific. His was confident and enthusiastic making his presentation. He came across as very knowledgeable of Chicago’s history. He made the trip the highlight of our day.

07/09/2021
Jairo
Jairo

The tour was excellent
. Very informative and we enjoyed completely.
The presenter was very knowledgeable, friendly and willing to provide extra information to the people

07/09/2021
Karlton
Karlton

Fun ride just the right length of time. Very interesting information presented by a very knowledgeable docent, Antonio (I hope I have his name right). I’d do it again, and I recommend this tour. We had a beautiful day for it.

07/09/2021
deb
deb

Our docent was funny, knowledgeable and very charismatic! And we remembered what we learned! Would recommend.

06/09/2021
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