Water activity

Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

Activity provider: Shoreline Sightseeing

Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

Activity provider: Shoreline Sightseeing

From US$ 46.87 per person

Cruise along the Chicago River on a 60- or 75-minute tour, and discover hidden architectural gems among the city’s renowned landmarks. Led by a docent providing live narration, the tour passes more than 40 structures and sails under historic bridges.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Duration 75 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Host or greeter
Spanish, English

What customers loved


  • Cruise along all 3 branches of the Chicago River
  • Get an insight into 40 landmark buildings from an on board docent
  • See Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, Marina City, Willis Tower and more
  • Relax on board with a drink from the cash bar
  • Skip the ticket office and go directly to boarding line by pre-purchasing your ticket online
Full description

Skip the lines at the ticket office and climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise for a 60- or 75-minute cruise of all 3 branches of the Chicago River, and marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary. Get an insight into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture.

Your expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building, Trump Tower, Marina City, Willis Tower, and more. Relax with a glass of something cold from the cash bar, as you cruise the Windy City’s waterway, and learn its status as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s most beautiful cities. End your tour in the same place where you boarded the boat.

  • Architecture river cruise
  • Live commentary
  • A barcoded ticket allowing you to skip the ticket office and proceed directly to the boarding line
  • Boarding photo
  • Food and drinks (may be purchased)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks

Know before you go

  • The regular tour is 75 minutes long, but in the colder months (November 1 – April 15th) the tour is 60 minutes long
  • Please dress for an outdoor activity
  • A cash bar is on board most vessels, depending on the season
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time
  • Don't forget your camera
  • A $10 per ticket change fee will be charged by the local partner for any date or time changes made on the original date of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 3370 reviews

Review summary

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Wonderful tour! We arrived early and they were able to get us on an earlier tour. The young man who narrated the tour was great! We really learned a lot about the buildings and the city. We were especially fascinated to learn about how buildings have been adapted to handle the high winds. Highly recommend this tour and company!

June 23, 2022

Anthony did a great job with our tour. It was entertaining and informative, and a perfect length. I just moved to Chicago and I feel like it was the ideal way to start my time there - understand some of the geography of the city, the history, and important landmarks. He also gave good tips on where to eat some authentic Chicago pizza and dogs!

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May 19, 2022

I have been to Chicago more times than I can count and this was the first time I did it like a tourist. I recommend this for locals and tourists alike! It was amazing!! Anthony is brilliant and made it not only educational but fun!! My daughter and I will be quoting his jokes and information for many conversations to come!! Bravo! Would do it again!

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May 5, 2022

Product ID: 46389