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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

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Chicago, United States

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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)

Departure Point

465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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

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

  • 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
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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.
What is the maximum group size during Chicago Architectural River Cruise?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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


681 Reviews

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Very worthwhile!
, Jun 2021
Our Tour Guide was extremely knowledgeable! Very interesting tour and a smaller boat than many of the other river tours which may be preferable for some.
Perfect Architectural Boat Ride
, May 2021
Perfect trip- the guide was extremely knowledgeable and the Bloody Mary’s were great! It was wonderful to see both extensions of the river.
Great Experience
, May 2021
Great guide. She was very knowledgeable. The pace of the cruise was nice. Complimentary beverages offered.
Great river boat ride
, Oct 2020
Great boat ride, excellent tour guide, beautiful buildings and scenery in a beautiful city, great to have drinks available.
Chicago Architecture river tour
, Oct 2020
Orator was excellent and the views of the skyscrapers was awesome. Definitely a must do especially at night
On the River
, Sep 2020
Delightful safe trip on the water. The docent was terrific. She is very knowledgeable and extremely approachable. Highly recommended!
Informative and excellent
, Sep 2020
An excellent and informative tour that cover the history of this magnificent city. I would recommended it to both individuals and people residing here. It is full of surprise information.
Chicago Cruise
, Nov 2019
We visited Chicago for the Bear Greenbay game and thought we would see some of the sites. This was a great way to see Chicagos highlights - we had a wonderful time
Chicago Architectural Cruise
, Nov 2019
Absolutely wonderful trip down the river. So many more new buildings and structures than when we lived there 12 years ago. The tour guide provide so much information as well as anecdotal comments to liven up the cruise. Would reccomend this adventure to anyone living in the area as well as visitors to the city.
Very knowledgeable tour guide
, Oct 2019
An excellent river cruise and guide. The ticket office is close by and has complimentary coffee, tea and water. The cruise was 1 1/2 hours and it was a great way to see many of the well known buildings in Chicago.

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