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All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Choice of several departures throughout the day
Fully narrated tour
Great overview and orientation of the city
Take an architecture cruise down the Chicago River and learn about the city’s famed architecture from your knowledgeable guide. Board your tour at Navy Pier for an exciting journey that takes you down all three branches of the historic Chicago River and past impressive architectural landmarks.
Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings on your cruise including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Aon Center, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), the IBM Building and more. Your guide, an expert in architecture, will recount the two major events that helped shape the architectural history of the city. Learn about how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized how homes were built, and hear the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871. Both of these milestones led Chicago to become one of the cradles of modern American architecture.
Along the scenic 75-minute route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). This river tour provides the best advantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and marvel at world-famous architecture while learning about Chicago's fascinating history.
For a full list of Chicago architectural wonders seen on this tour, see the Itinerary section below.
On the Chicago architecture cruise, you will see and learn about the following landmarks:
Lake Point Tower
John Hancock Center
Chicago Tribune Tower
London Guarantee Building333 North Michigan Building
401 North Michigan
35 East Wacker
Leo Burnett Building
RR Donnelley Center
222 North LaSalle
Central Office Building
333 West Wacker, Montgomery Ward Complex
River Cottages, Merchandise Mart
225 West Wacker
Boeing World Headquarters
Civic Opera Building
AT&T Corporate Center
Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
Chicago Board of Trade
Central US Post Office
US Post Office Central Processing and Distribution Center
311 South Wacker
75-minute guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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.
Not wheelchair accessible
PLEASE NOTE: All tours between 11/27/2017 and 2/25/2018 will be 60 minutes in length
Navy Pier or Michigan Ave depending on option selected at time of booking