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Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier

by Shoreline Sightseeing Duration 1h 15m Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
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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.

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.

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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


Highlights

  • Guided 75-minute Architecture River Tour

  • 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


Inclusions

  • Guided Chicago River Tour

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Boarding Photo


Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary.

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

  • Tour length subject to change based on season


Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier ratings based on 196 Verified Reviews

Verified Reviews

4.7 out of 5

5/5 Oct 28, 2018

Knowledgeable and super friendly guide. We were a group of 4, I lost my ticket, but they were quick to sort me out and get me a replacement. The guide covered a vast amount of information so we learned a lot about Chicago and her architecture. Recommend it for everyone.

5/5 Oct 27, 2018

Kevin was our tour guide. You can tell he truly loves his job and the city of Chicago. He goes above and beyond. The tour was great!

Erika B

Portland Oregon