Architecture cruise on the Chicago River from Michigan Ave
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Architecture cruise on the Chicago River from Michigan Ave

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Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Daily from March until November
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour 15 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Admire Chicago’s amazing urban architecture from the Chicago River
  • Sail down and view works of Bertrand Goldberg, Jeanne Gang and Mies van der Rohe
  • Take photos of the picturesque skyline at Wolf Point
What to expect

This picturesque cruise is led by a professional guide who shares exciting details and historical significance of the buildings that line the Chicago River. Boarding at the dock on Michigan Avenue, you’ll sail down all three branches of the Chicago River--the main branch, north branch and south branch.

While on the main branch, you’ll marvel at the works of Bertrand Goldberg and Jeanne Gang. Afterward, reach the north branch and witness the vast contrast in how architecture on the Chicago River has changed over time. Enjoy amazing photo opportunities at Wolf Point, and then sail down the south branch where you’ll see Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower. You'll even hear the dramatic story of how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871.

Buildings along the tour:

  • 35 East Wacker
  • 222 North LaSalle
  • 225 West Wacker
  • 311 South Wacker
  • 333 North Michigan
  • 333 West Wacker
  • 401 North Michigan
  • Aon Center
  • Apple Store
  • Aqua
  • Boeing World Headquarters
  • Central US Post Office
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Cityfront Center
  • Civic Opera Building
  • East Bank Club
  • Fulton House
  • IBM Building
  • Jewelers Building
  • John Hancock Center
  • Lake Point Tower
  • LaSalle-Wacker Building
  • Leo Burnett Building
  • London Guarantee Building
  • Marina City
  • Merchandise Mart
  • Montgomery Ward Complex
  • Navy Pier
  • NBC Tower Chicago
  • Plaza Citicorp Center
  • Prudential Plaza
  • RR Donnelley Center
  • River City
  • River Cottages
  • Tribune Tower
  • Trump Tower
  • USG Building Riverside
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
  • Wolf Point
  • Wrigley Building
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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Professional narration of tour highlights
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks (available on most tours)
    Reduced price
    • Infants (2 and under): free
    • Children ages 3-12: reduced
    Where

    Michigan Avenue – 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

    Meeting point:
    • Please note that there is a new flagship Apple store at this dock
    What to remember
    • Tours last 75 minutes, except for the months of March and November, where tours run 60 minutes
    • This tour is only available in English
    • Please note that upper decks are open-top
    • Restrooms are located on the boat's lower deck, and can only be reached by stairs
    • Leashed dogs are welcome on the tour
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    When
    • Daily from March until November
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    Provider
    Shoreline Sightseeing
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.
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