1. United States
  2. Illinois
  3. Chicago
  4. Navy Pier

Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

Product ID: 46389
Cruise along the Chicago River on a 75-minute tour, and discover hidden architectural gems among the city’s renowned landmarks. Led by a docent providing live narration, the tour passes more than 40 structures, and sails under historic bridges.

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About this activity
Duration: 75 minutes
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
English, Spanish
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Cruise along all 3 branches of the Chicago River
  • Get an insight into 40 landmark buildings from an on board docent
  • See Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, Marina City, Willis Tower and more
  • Relax on board with a drink from the cash bar
  • Skip the ticket office and proceed directly to boarding by pre-purchasing your ticket online
Full description
Climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise vessel for a 75-minute cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River, and marvel at the architecture that have made the city so legendary.

Get an insight into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritial 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.

Relax with 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.
  • Architecture river cruise
  • Live commentary
  • A barcoded ticket allowing you to skip the ticket office and proceed directly to the boarding line
What’s Not Included
  • Boarding photo

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
Not allowed
  • Food and drinks
Know before you go
• Note: at the start and end of the season, this cruise will only be offered as a 60-minute option
• 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2637 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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It was fantastic. Our tour guide kevin was so funny and informative. My husband has mild ADD with most things and even he was interested and paying attention because the tour was so interesting and made to be fun for adults and children. There was a bar on board. Truly a wonderful experience!

November 4, 2019

The tour was amazing but the price was 5 dollars cheaper at the ticket booth and there were so many ticket booths that you would never be waiting in a line. The website guarantees it will be the cheapest price and if you ordered online, you'd be skipping all of the long lines. Pretty sleazy move

November 3, 2019

This was a great tour. It was a little over packed;but overall pleasant. Our Docent was Nick and he really seems to enjoy what he does. This was so much better than having to listen to a prerecorded speech. It was a beautiful day out. I totally recommend this tour. It was worth the money spent.

October 20, 2019

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Product ID: 46389