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Chicago: Architecture River Cruise + Helicopter Tour Combo

Product ID: 263527
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Explore Chicago by air and water with this one of a kind luxury combination tour. Cruise the Chicago River on a docent-led 75-minute architectural river tour and then fly above the Chicago skyline on a guided helicopter flight.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Take a once in a lifetime helicopter flight over the Chicago skyline
  • Cruise the Chicago River and learn about the city's unique architecture
  • Explore the city's famous landmarks from 2 vantage points
  • Save over 22% when buying this luxury combination package
Full description
This combination tour allows you to see all of Chicago's sites from 2 different angles - firstly from the waterways running through the heart of the city, and then from the air at the top of its iconic skyscrapers.

Board the boat at the dock on Michigan Avenue to begin your top-rated Architectural Cruise. Once onboard, grab a seat on the upper deck and get ready to set sail. A certified tour guide will narrate your journey as you cruise all 3 branches of the Chicago River highlighting the buildings, architecture, and their engineering which have made Chicago famous. Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the iconic buildings along the river banks including; Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, Marina City, the Willis Tower, and over 40 Chicago landmarks and hidden architectural treasures.

Catch a cab, rideshare, CTA or drive yourself to our heliport where parking is complimentary. Once at the heliport terminal, be checked-in for your flight by an agent. Then relax in the lounge, play classic board games, or enjoy the history museum before the flight. A certified staff member will provide a 4-minute safety briefing prior to boarding. Then Liftoff!

Your expert pilot will also be your guide to help you navigate as you soar 24 miles of Chicago's Lake Michigan shoreline. Marvel at the panoramic views of Chicago's skyline and capture one of a kind photo ops of the city's iconic Skyscrapers; Willis Tower, John Hancock, Landmarks; Navy Pier, Chicago River, and Parks: Grant Park, Lincoln Park. Flying above gives you the best vantage point to see everything in Chicago. Return to the same point your helicopter departed from, just a couple miles south of the Loop.
  • 75-minute architectural river cruise with a live certified tour guide
  • 15-minute city sights Chicago skyline helicopter flight
  • Heated and air-conditioned helicopter
  • Noise-canceling headsets
  • All taxes and fees
  • An optional round-trip shuttle from downtown to the heliport
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Tour operator's kiosk, 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The time you pick for this tour (which will be shown on the GetYourGuide voucher) is the time for your helicopter tour; it is not the time of your Architectural River Cruise
• Your Architectural River Cruise will be scheduled 3-3.5 hours before your helicopter tour flight time
• You will emailed your architectural cruise ticket(s) with the exact timing by the Local Operator after booking
• Please arrive 30 minutes prior to both your cruise time and your flight time for check-in
• There is a strict 250 lbs/113 kg weight limit per passenger for the helicopter tour; if you are above this, you may be required to purchase an additional seat or required to forfeit your voucher without refund
• All flight times are approximate and are susceptible to weather conditions; in the event your tour is canceled, you will be contacted by a staff member to reschedule for a different time or refund your ticket
• Children under 5 are not able to do this tour
Save up to 20%

From US$ 225 US$ 180 per person

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Chicago Helicopter Experience

Product ID: 263527