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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Chicago is famous for its architecture, and the best way to see it is on a cruise down the Chicago River. Glide by historic and modern marvels like the Civic Opera House, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower from the comfort of an open-deck boat. Live narration reveals each building’s fascinating history, so you'll learn more than you would just observing on your own.
  • See Chicago's most famous buildings on an architecture cruise
  • Learn history and trivia about skyscrapers and civic buildings
  • Cruise down all three major branches of the Chicago River
  • Boat has a covered deck and open-air options to suit any weather
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Restroom on board
Outside seating available
Seating is first come first serve basis
Guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River
Fully enclosed interior with air conditioning, seats, & windows
Full bar & snacks (available for purchase)
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Discounted parking is for as low as $10
Approx. $10 discounted parking lot connected to marina
900 S Wells St , 900 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

Please enter 900 S Wells Chicago, IL 60607 to your GPS for directions to the boat dock. Go through the parking lot behind the River City condominium building. The parking lot is located across from the soccer field on 9th St and Wells.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Tour times cannot be changed
  • Cruises are on rain or shine
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Please arrive 30 min before your cruise time
  • Seating is first come first serve. If you have a large group, arrive early
  • Child Ticket (3 and under) is for free but needs a registered ticket
  • Youth Tickets available on our main ticketing page
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Vessel has full bar and restroom
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours and Boats
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Architecture Boat Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Architecture Boat Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture Boat Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Architecture Boat Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture Boat Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Architecture Boat Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Architecture Boat Tour.

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  • "Well worth the price for beautiful views and a great history about Chicago and it’s architecture!" See review

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star-4
An Amazing Tour!
Ariana_C
, Aug 2022
I enjoyed the tour! The history of the architecture buildings, bridges, Lake Michigan, real estate costs of various homes along the lake, and notables about Chicago as a city. I appreciate the organization of the tour, parking instructions that were provided, breaks given during the tour and refreshments. This tour is well-known especially with people who are visiting Chicago and highly recommended by many!
star-5
Awesome boat tour - summer of george
Charles_L
, Aug 2022
Hillary was very knowledgeable about the city and it’s buildings. The boat was nice and had a good mix of bar options. Best way to view the city!
star-5
Great tour of Chicago!
Jadyn_G
, Aug 2022
Great tour experience! Tour guide was very informative and funny. Despite having been on architecture tours in the past, we still learned new things about the city!
star-5
A must see in Chicago
Amie_C
, Aug 2022
Tour guide made the experience informative and lively. I loved learning the history behind the architecture and the extra little tidbits of history.
star-5
Captain Ralph & Tila are amazing!
Vanessa_H
, Aug 2022
Captain Ralph & Tila we’re amazing!! I would recommend this boat tour to anyone visiting Chicago. We will definitely come back next time we are here
star-5
Great experience!
Steven_D
, Jul 2022
Hillary was terrific, funny and informative. A great tour and bargain! Would recommend it to others. - Steve
star-5
Summer Vaca 2022
Sonia_R
, Jul 2022
Tila I think that was her name was funny and very informative! She made the trip fun and we learned a lot about Chicago!
star-5
Best and Lowest Priced Tour
Phillip_L
, Jul 2022
The Chicago Architectural Boat Tour is the best tour in Chicago. Hillary was our tour guide and she was awesome. Her fun way of describing the city and teaching about the architecture made this trip memorable and meaningful. The boat was clean and comfortable and the captain piloted her like a pro. I have been on other boat tours and this was the best and the lowest priced too!
star-5
Summer of George was great
Melissa_M
, Jul 2022
Everyone was great there guide was knowledgeable and the hour and a half tour took you down the river not out on the lake which is what we we’re looking for highly recommend.
star-5
Loved the whole tour. It...
Annette_A
, Jul 2022
Loved the whole tour. It was amazing. Learned a lot about Chicago. Came from SanAntonio with my family and they really enjoyed it.
star-5
This was an excellent...
Chris_E
, Jul 2022
This was an excellent tour! My wife and I enjoyed they entire trip. The guide was very knowledgeable & approachable if you had questions. Boat was very accommodating with restrooms and cold drinks! Highly recommend booking this!
star-5
The tour covers all the...
RiccardoMaria_S
, Jun 2022
The tour covers all the main Chicago downton building; furthermore it includes some interesting areas.in the south that are not covered by other tours that depart from Riverwalk. Very instructive and with a touch of fun.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing tour. Loved every...
Jessie_Y
, Jun 2022
Amazing tour. Loved every minute of it. The view was great, the tour guide was very informative, and the length of the trip was perfect
star-4
They tried to squeeze the...
michael_m
, Jun 2022
They tried to squeeze the tour in before the storm/tornado warning hit Didn’t quite make it so the last 30 minutes we’re taking shelter below deck When it was starting to rain they offered skimpy ponchos for $8 Really Think that was a rip-off
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect
Thelma_M
, Jun 2022
Just perfect! Perfect tour guide on a perfect day. I love it. In fact I'll be back with my husband this time
star-5
Great time!
Stephanie_S
, Jun 2022
The sheer nature of the and our tours guide’s knowledge of the buildings was fascinating. The city and the buildings are absolutely beautiful.
star-5
Great boat tour of the Chicago Architecture.
Vincent_R
, May 2022
Fantastic!! The Captain and Hillary really put on a great, informative and very engaging tour. Hillary’s knowledge was the icing on the cake. 😉
star-5
David our tour guide is...
Jeremiah_J
, May 2022
David our tour guide is great and very informative. we had a blast. We recommend this trip to both locals and out of state residents.
star-5
Great tour! ...
Sofia_G
, May 2022
Great tour! The capitan was excellent. We learn a lot during our tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and funny.
star-5
A great tour and a very...
Daniela_P
, Oct 2021
A great tour and a very funny tour guide! I’ve gone on architecture boat tour before, but this one was my favorite!

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