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Architecture cruise on the Chicago River from Michigan Ave
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Architecture cruise on the Chicago River from Michigan Ave

4.7/5
Excellent
Based on 15 reviews
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$53.70
Free cancellation
language
Language: English
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Mobile voucher accepted
duration
Duration: 1 hour
Do this because
  • Admire Chicago’s amazing urban architecture from the Chicago River
  • Sail down and view works of Bertrand Goldberg, Jeanne Gang and Mies van der Rohe
  • Take photos of the picturesque skyline at Wolf Point
  • Make your friends back home envious with great photo ops
What to expect

This picturesque 60-minute cruise is led by a professional guide who shares exciting details and historical significance of the buildings that line the Chicago River. Boarding at the dock on Michigan Avenue, you’ll sail down all three branches of the Chicago River--the main branch, north branch and south branch.

While on the main branch, you’ll marvel at the works of Bertrand Goldberg and Jeanne Gang. Afterward, reach the north branch and witness the vast contrast in how architecture on the Chicago River has changed over time. Enjoy amazing photo opportunities at Wolf Point, and then sail down the south branch where you’ll see Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower. You'll even hear the dramatic story of how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871.

Buildings along the tour: 35 East Wacker, 222 North LaSalle, 225 West Wacker, 311 South Wacker, 333 North Michigan, 333 West Wacker, 401 North Michigan, Aon Center, Apple Store, Aqua, Boeing World Headquarters, Central US Post Office, Chicago Board of Trade, Cityfront Center, Civic Opera Building, East Bank Club, Fulton House, IBM Building, Jewelers Building, John Hancock Center, Lake Point Tower, LaSalle-Wacker Building, Leo Burnett Building, London Guarantee Building, Marina City, Merchandise Mart, Montgomery Ward Complex, Navy Pier, NBC Tower Chicago, Plaza Citicorp Center, Prudential Plaza, RR Donnelley Center, River City, River Cottages, Tribune Tower, Trump Tower, USG Building Riverside, Willis Tower (Sears Tower).

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What's included
  • check Professional narration of tour highlights
What's not included
  • x_not_included Food and drinks (available on most tours)
Where

Michigan Avenue – 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Meeting point:
Please note, the meeting point corresponds to the flagship Apple Store located at this dock.
What to remember

Know in advance:

  • Tours last 75 minutes, except for March, April, and November, where tours run 60 minutes
  • This tour is only available in English
  • Please note that upper decks are open-aired
  • Restrooms are located on the boat's lower deck, and can only be accessible by stairs
  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the tour
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Provider
SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

What people say about this experience

Excellent

4.7/5

Based on 15 reviews from verified customers

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  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - June 2023

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Docent was very informative and funny. Made the experience very pleasurable

  • Anonymous

    From Switzerland - November 2022

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - October 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Tour was fun and Courtney was amazing! So funny and full of interesting information. Highly recommend this boat tour!!

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - September 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Our family had a great time looking at beautiful sights while listening to interesting history of the beautiful city.

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - September 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Well worth both the time and $$ to see how positively Chicago has changed over the last ten years or so. And you get to see it physically,from the ins ...

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - May 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Absolutely worth it. Jim, our tour guide was informative, entertaining, and knowledgeable!

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