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Architecture cruise on the Chicago River from Navy Pier

Availability: Daily
Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Enjoy panoramic skyline views and with picture perfect vantage point from along the Chicago River
  • Observe Chicago's world-famous architectural styles from the iconic buildings of Mies van der Rohe to Skidmore Owings Merrill
What to expect

Led by a professional English speaking guide, this picturesque cruise highlights the exciting details of the buildings that line the Chicago River, as well as their historical significance.

You’ll board from the historic Navy Pier. As your cruise begins, you’ll sail down all three branches of the Chicago River– the main branch, north branch and south branch. You’ll have an opportunity to marvel at the aesthetic of Chicago’s unique urban skyline and view the iconic workings of Bertrand Goldberg and Jeanne Gang.

Along the north branch, you’ll see a vast contrast in how architecture on the Chicago River has changed over time. Don’t forget your camera – you’ll have an amazing photo opportunity at Wolf Point!

Afterwards, you'll cruise to south branch of the river where you’ll see Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower. You’ll listen to the story of how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871.

Home to iconic buildings by Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings Merrill, and Helmut Jahn, the urban Chicago landscape is a living record of twentieth century architectural movements. This cruise is perfect for family, friends and history lovers!

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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What's included
  • Professional narration of tour highlights
What's not included
  • Food and drinks (available on most tours)
  • Boarding photo
Reduced price
  • Children ages 3-12
  • Infants (2 and under): free

Departure point: Navy Pier – 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Meeting point:

The tour will depart from Polk Bros Park at the entrance of Navy Pier.

What to remember
  • Please note this tour departs from Navy Pier
  • Tour company uses boats can be both single and double-decker
  • On boats with two decks the upper decks of tour boats are wheelchair accessible (sp – accessible), however lower levels are not
  • Boats are open aired vessels please dress for an outdoor activity
  • Restrooms are available on tour boats, one double-decker boats restrooms are on the lower level and only accessible via stairs
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the tour
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