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Chicago Architectural River Cruise provided by Chicago Line Cruises

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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

Chicago Architectural River Cruise
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About
See Chicago's architecture from the best possible vantage point―a boat on the Chicago River―during this architecture-focused tour through the city's heart. Listen to your guide's in-depth commentary as you pass more than 50 significant sites, from Lake Point Tower to Navy Pier. Some onboard refreshments are included, with wine and beer available for purchase.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Take in Chicago's architecture from the vantage point of the Chicago River
  • Cruise includes in-depth commentary on architectural history
  • See more than 50 buildings during the cruise—much faster than if on foot
  • Refreshments and cookies are included; wine and beer can be purchased
  • Multiple departure times to fit your schedule
What to expect
  • Make your way to the Lofts at River East on Ogden Slip in time to meet your departing architecture tour. Step on board and find a comfortable seat as the boat sets out for a cruise on the north, south, and main branches of the Chicago River. As you travel, listen to your guide's commentary, which sheds light on the city's rich architectural history. You can also enjoy included refreshments of coffee, tea, soft drinks, and cookies. Beer and wine are available for purchase. This tour showcases more than 50 important buildings in just a short time, which would take much longer if attempting to view by foot. Highlights include the John Hancock Building, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Marina City, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, and NBC Tower. Return to your departure point at the conclusion of your tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Take in Chicago's architecture from the vantage point of the Chicago River
  • Cruise includes in-depth commentary on architectural history
  • See more than 50 buildings during the cruise—much faster than if on foot
  • Refreshments and cookies are included; wine and beer can be purchased
  • Multiple departure times to fit your schedule
What to expect
  • Make your way to the Lofts at River East on Ogden Slip in time to meet your departing architecture tour. Step on board and find a comfortable seat as the boat sets out for a cruise on the north, south, and main branches of the Chicago River. As you travel, listen to your guide's commentary, which sheds light on the city's rich architectural history. You can also enjoy included refreshments of coffee, tea, soft drinks, and cookies. Beer and wine are available for purchase. This tour showcases more than 50 important buildings in just a short time, which would take much longer if attempting to view by foot. Highlights include the John Hancock Building, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Marina City, Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, and NBC Tower. Return to your departure point at the conclusion of your tour.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 32280P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Beer and wine (available for purchase)
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • 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.
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Inclusions
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Beer and wine (available for purchase)
Departure details
  • 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.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 14 Jul 2020
A note from Chicago Architectural River Cruise
We have added a full-time safety crew member who is dedicated to ensuring that all COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and the City of Chicago are maintained. All passengers must board boats with protective masks and use them when they travel about the vessel or are in a group of 10 or more.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Popular mentions

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Thomas Perez
1 contribution
Awesome guide
Oct 2021 • Couples
I had a great experience with Seadog Architectural River Tour. Andy was out guide along with sweydog as the captain and they were very fun on the tour. Thank you guys for an awesome experience.
Written 22 October 2021
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Richard F
3 contributions
Covered many structures in a 3 hour cruise.
Impressive and up close experience of skyscrapers along the Chicago river. Extremely knowledgeable docent from the architectural institute. Detailed history of the settlement and development of buildings and unique characteristics of fabulous skyscrapers.
Written 20 October 2021
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Justyna Magda
1 contribution
Informative & fun!
Oct 2021 • Friends
We did the evening river cruise yesterday.it was beautiful! I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life, yet I didn’t know much about the architecture. Our guide Carol was very knowledgeable, friendly & fun! She spoke clearly & at a pace you can follow. A lot of guides speak too fast & all their words jumble into confusion. This was a great time of day because you can see the buildings in the daylight colors. But when they light up after sundown… you are thrilled to be called a Chicagoan, because it is a beautiful city! Thank you Carol!
Written 17 October 2021
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Deborah G
1 contribution
Excellent tour
Aug 2021
Excellent, Hillary is amazing! very educational and entertaining. Spectacular views, the boat is comfortable, the Captain is very nice. We had a great time and fantastic pictures.
Written 25 September 2021
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Kathie S
2 contributions
Loved this tour!
Sep 2021 • Couples
I loved seeing the variety of architecture alone the river and how much has changed in the last 30 years. Our different was great: very knowledgeable, very passionate about Chicago.
Written 12 September 2021
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Dorann H
Corvallis, OR10 contributions
Architectural Cruisr
Jack our tour guide was exceptional!

Very cool Chicago thing to do, you see and learn a lot and it’s also FUN

Highly recommend
Written 10 September 2021
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L P
Howell, NJ67 contributions
Informative
We really enjoyed this. Guide was very personable and informative. We did the late afternoon tour so we weren’t in the midday sun, as there is no shade and you definitely must be on upper deck to appreciate views.
Written 23 August 2021
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Ruthie
2 contributions
Architectural tour of Chicago
Amazing experience! Rebecca was great. Highly recommend. Beautiful scenery and just the right length of time. Thanks!
Written 14 August 2021
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scelestini83
Clinton Township, MI50 contributions
Awesome tour!
Great experience! The guide was well spoken and knowledgeable. It was a very interesting tour. We also bought out tickets for the wrong date in error and they were able to accommodate us. Very pleased! Would highly recommend!
Written 30 July 2021
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ScottEP
El Paso, TX535 contributions
Interesting tour by boat
Jun 2021
Excellent architecture river cruise with knowledgeable and well-spoken guide. Lots of interesting history. We had great weather, but bring a hat and sunglasses for comfort. Water and lemonade are complimentary and beer/wine available for purchase.
Written 24 June 2021
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