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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Get views of Chicago’s most famous buildings, as well as insider info from an expert guide, on this architecture-focused cruise. See all the most important buildings on one tour, a hard-to-accomplish task by foot. View the skyline from the Chicago River while listening to live commentary. Snap photos of the Willis (Sears) Tower, Old Post Office, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Wrigley Building, and more. Your ticket also includes a one-way water taxi pass valid any time during the year’s water taxi season.
You’ll have 2 starting options
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    Chicago River
    Stop: 60 minutes -
    Cruise takes place on the Chicago River
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  • See all of Chicago's architectural masterpieces in a single tour
  • Choose from multiple departure times to fit your busy schedule
  • Learn about the city's architectural history through an expert's live narration
  • Prebook this must-do Chicago activity, which frequently sells out
What to Expect
Make your way to the specified departure place, either the Michigan Avenue riverfront or Navy Pier, in time for your chosen cruise departure—look for the Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture Cruises sign. Since you’ve prepurchased, skip the ticket line and have no worries if this popular Chicago tour sells out. Find a comfortable seat and settle in as your guide, an architecture expert, gives an introduction to Chicago's architectural history. Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Willis (Sears) Tower, Wrigley Building, and the Lyric Opera House, and learn which buildings famous architects Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill designed. You have plenty of photo opportunities. Some cruises include a full bar. Your cruise ends at its starting point.
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Departure Point
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
  • Live commentary on board
  • One-way water taxi pass
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All boats have full restrooms and some have a full bar
  • Some boats are single deck vessels, the type of vessel you are placed on cannot be guaranteed
  • Wheelchairs or other walking assistance equipment are not provided.
  • Tour times cannot be changed.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
About the operator
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One of the best running route
Besides running Chicago marathon in 2018, I’ve also spent the greatest mornings running along the river. It would
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Travis H
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Excellent way to see the city!
Being in Chicago for only a short time, Shoreline was a great choice for seeing a lot. The unique perspective
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I was stood up at the deck. No one bothered to cancel or notify. Now trip advisor says i have to contact the
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So touristy, cool and worth it!
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Melissa Wibisono
Brooklyn, New York
Amazing trip
Went there during marathon to see a friend, we book cruise too the great architecture skyline and river. They are
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Rockford, Illinois
Very beautiful downtown scene, and smooth ride with eyes wanting to observe more. Chicago is a amazing city compared to
Very beautiful downtown scene, and smooth ride with eyes wanting to observe more. Chicago is a amazing city
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  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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