Chicago: Navy Pier Fireworks with River Architecture Cruise

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Chicago: Navy Pier Fireworks with River Architecture Cruise

From $49.05 per person

Enjoy an up-close view of the Navy Pier Fireworks at the end of your nighttime architecture cruise along the Chicago River. Learn about many of the city’s renowned landmarks as you pass more than 40 structures, and sail under historic bridges.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • See a spectacular fireworks display off Navy Pier with unobstructed views from the best seats in the city
  • Enjoy a nighttime narrated architecture cruise along all 3 branches of the Chicago River
  • Get an insight into 40 landmark buildings from a knowledgeable guide
  • See Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, Marina City, Willis Tower and more
  • Relax on board with a drink from the cash bar
Full description
Climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise vessel for an unforgettable night-time cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River, followed by the best seats in the city for the legendary Navy Pier Fireworks Display. On your 75-minute architecture cruise, marvel at the architecture that has made the city of Chicago so legendary. Get an insight into the buildings and engineering of the city that gave birth to the skyscraper, spiritual home of modern American architecture. Your expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building, Trump Tower and more. Pick up a glass of something cold from the cash bar as you cruise the Windy City’s waterway and learn its status as a modern metropolis, and one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Top off your tour with an unobstructed view of the Navy Pier Fireworks Display. Seated on the open deck of the boat, enjoy unparalleled views of the fireworks and the city’s unique sparkling skyline. 
  • Night architecture cruise
  • Live docent giving expert commentary
  • Viewing of the Navy Pier fireworks display
  • Boarding photo
  • Food or drinks

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  • Please dress for an outdoor activity
  • A cash bar is on board most vessels, depending on the season
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time
  • Don't forget your camera
  • Fireworks display occurs every Wednesday and Saturday evening in the summer
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4.7 / 5

based on 77 reviews

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Favorite part of our trip!

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how interesting an architecture tour could be, but I am so happy we went! Pat was an excellent tour guide and taught us so much about the architecture in Chicago. It was a very beautiful and insightful tour. Ending the tour with the Navy Pier firework show was the cherry on top.

September 2, 2019

Coming from a Chicagoan very impressive & informative ride. Such a different perspective from the river. Lines were well organized, moved along smoothly to get on an off. Boat was clean and a nice bar offering. Guide spoke clearly and was knowledgeable. As always, fireworks were awesome! Will continue to refer people to take this cruise.

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August 26, 2019

Wheelchair travelers - this is an accessible tour bc you can get on the boat and there is a place to sit. Please keep in mind that you cannot sit with your family and friends, etc. in the same room You will need to be in a different row. To state it another way, don’t take a date because they will need to sit in a different row, and you will not be together. You will sit by yourself in your crippled row.

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August 16, 2019

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