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Architecture Cruises in Chicago

Architecture Cruises in Chicago

Chicago’s skyline ranks among the most impressive on the planet, thanks to its magnificent skyscrapers representing numerous architectural styles. One of the best ways to experience the sights and sounds of the “Windy City” is while floating down the Chicago River. Here’s what you need to know to make a voyage yourself.

 

Highlights

  • Take an architecture river cruise to learn why Chicago’s skyline is so impressive.

  • Float past more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Building, Aon Center, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower.

  • See the illuminated waterfront, including the Buckingham Fountain, on a night cruise of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

  • Combine a river cruise with a trolley city tour, minibus sightseeing tour, helicopter ride, or early access to the Willis Tower Skydeck.

  • Chicago sightseeing cruises are offered aboard speedboats and double-decker riverboats.

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.69
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$44.69
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.95
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$39.95
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Chicago Architectural River Cruise
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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

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See the towers, piers and iconic landmarks along the Chicago River on an architectural cruise through the heart of the city. Enjoy complimentary refreshments on deck as you cruise down the historic waterway, while listening to fun stories and facts throughout the tour. Spot gargoyles that keep watch high above the city, and buildings that range from Neoclassical to Art Deco. Take in over fifty sites from Lake Point Tower to the Navy Pier, and see the Second City from the water.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.05
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$49.05
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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise
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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

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Take in iconic views of the beautiful Chicago lakefront and its many landmarks during this 40-minute Lake Michigan sightseeing boat cruise. Climb aboard your vessel for a laid-back ride, enjoying panoramic views of the Windy City's skyline from a unique perspective. Along the way, you'll listen to informative commentary and take in views of the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower, along with many other landmarks. Plus feel free to bring your own lunch or grab a drink at the onboard bar, during your ride.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.25
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$27.25
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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

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See the the Second City from the water with a sightseeing cruise along the Chicago River and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Take in towering skyscrapers and spot the gargoyles that live on to of the city’s historic buildings. Hear stories about the city’s history and culture as you pass Chicago landmarks, museums and iconic buildings. Capture unforgettable images of the city skyline from Lake Michigan, and get a unique look at Chicago that’s perfect for all ages.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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$39.00

Chicago by Night: 90 Minute River and Lakefront Cruise

Chicago by Night: 90 Minute River and Lakefront Cruise

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Discover the beauty of Chicago at night during a 1.5-hour cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Watch the city sparkle as you pass landmarks such as Museum Campus, Willis Tower, Aon Center and the John Hancock Building, and the illuminated waters of Buckingham Fountain. You'll learn about the history of the city from live commentary by your knowledgeable guide as you glide along the waterfront of Chicago.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$42.00
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$42.00