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Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier

by Shoreline Sightseeing
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Nonrefundable No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required)

Highlights

  • Chicago skyline view from the water on a guided cruise

  • Insightful commentary from onboard architecture expert

  • Sights include the iconic Willis, Tribune & Hancock towers

  • More than 40 historic structures & modern skyscrapers to see

  • Unique perspective of striking urban skyline from the water

Highlights

  • Chicago skyline view from the water on a guided cruise

  • Insightful commentary from onboard architecture expert

  • Sights include the iconic Willis, Tribune & Hancock towers

  • More than 40 historic structures & modern skyscrapers to see

  • Unique perspective of striking urban skyline from the water

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Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier

Activity Location

Chicago 60611

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Navy Pier - Shoreline Sightseeing Booth

    600 East Grand Avenue

    Chicago 60611


Description

Equal parts boat and buildings, this river cruise gives you a from-the-water perspective of Chicago skyline and up-close views of its most iconic structures. Board an open-roofed vessel and float with the current as an architecture expert shares the fascinating history behind the Windy City's most renowned buildings.

Hop onto your vessel at Navy Pier, steer toward the Chicago River—a 156-mile (251-km) system of streams and canals—and cut directly through the heart of the city. Once vital to the early shipping success of Chicago, this winding body of water now offers the perfect platform for admiring its surrounding architectural marvels.

Your cruise takes you past more than 40 points of interest, including the Tribune Tower—a neo-Gothic building constructed in 1925—and the Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the United States. Crane your neck up at the John Hancock Tower, a skyscraper equipped with an impressive observation deck perched 1,000 feet (304 m) high.

As you glide through the city, a knowledgeable guide and architecture buff shares stories about the distinctive designs, striking construction, and steel-and-cement feats created by world-famous architects like Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, and Louis Skidmore. From the IBM and USG buildings to the Fulton House and Citicorp Center, this tour is the perfect snapshot of Chicago's architectural gems.

Each 75-Minute Architecture River Tour ticket includes a free one-way water taxi pass valid for use during our 2020 water taxi season. Shoreline’s Harbor Water Taxi docks are at Navy Pier and Museum Campus near Shedd Aquarium. Chicago River Water Taxi docks are at Navy Pier’s Ogden Slip, Michigan Avenue bridge (NE Corner) and Willis Tower/Union Station. Water Taxis run on a rotating schedule with service about every 20-30 minutes.

Disclaimers: Water Taxi service is weather dependent and not guaranteed. Free Water Taxi passes have no cash or credit value and are non-transferable. Shoreline Water Taxi passes expire at the end of the 2020 water taxi season and cannot be extended. A one-way taxi pass is good for a single trip between any two docks on the Chicago River or Lake Michigan.


Inclusions

  • Guided Chicago River Tour

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Each 75-Minute Architecture River Tour ticket includes a free one-way water taxi pass valid for use


Exclusions

  • Boarding Photo


Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to your booked departure time.

  • Please Note: Between November 1st and April 15th, the Architecture River Tour will only last for 60 minutes.


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