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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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  • See all of Chicago's architectural masterpieces in a single tour
  • Choose from multiple departure times to fit your busy schedule
  • Learn about the city's architectural history through an expert's live narration
  • Prebook this must-do Chicago activity, which frequently sells out
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11:45am Michigan Ave Departure 11:45
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Tour Departs at 11:45am from Michigan Ave
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2pm Navy Pier Departure 14:00
Tour departs at 2pm from Navy Pier
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1:30pm Navy Pier Departure 13:30
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Get views of Chicago’s most famous buildings, as well as insider info from an expert guide, on this architecture-focused cruise. See all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task by foot. View the skyline from the Chicago River while listening to live commentary. Snap photos of the Willis (Sears) Tower, Old Post Office, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Wrigley Building, and Aon Center.
What to Expect
Make your way to the specified departure place, either the Michigan Avenue riverfront or Navy Pier, in time for your chosen cruise departure—look for the Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruises sign. Since you’ve prepurchased, you'll skip the ticket line and have no worries if this popular Chicago tour sells out.
Find a comfortable seat and settle in as your guide, an architecture expert, gives an introduction to Chicago's architectural history. Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the Aon Center, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, and IBM Building, and learn which buildings famous architects Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill designed. You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities. Some cruises include a full bar.
Your cruise ends at its starting point.
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We took the 10:00 am ride before it got too hot. The guide was very informative and funny. It is a nice way to cover a lot of ground and get a lot of information. We picked up the boat at Navy Pier which then...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great way to see the city skyline and architecture! The guide was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend it!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Really nice tour, a different way to see the city. Our guide was very entertaining, and knowledgeable. The bar was a great plus during a hot summer day.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank monicarRA593
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Our second experience with Shoreline Sightseeing was with another couple doing to for the first time. They thoroughly enjoyed it. Most things were the same, but a couple of buildings were progressing to completion from a year ago. Would like to try the nighttime cruise...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jeff J
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One Word Awesome. Everything about it was perfect.......I would recommend this cruise to any and everyone

Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from jukho | Reviewed this property |
We took the sunset cruise, and there was just one level-unlike what is mentioned above. The speakers on our tour were not loud at all, you could basically hear our guide projecting her voice the boat was so small and... More
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Response from honeygene | Reviewed this property |
You can start at either. Different times. We started at the Navy Pier dock. Easy to find. I'd recommend Ubering there and they drop you off at the entrance. Just start looking fr the many folks in Orange vests. Very easy and... More
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