Architecture cruise on the Chicago River from Navy Pier
Activities

Architecture cruise on the Chicago River from Navy Pier

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: See calendar
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 1 hour
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Enjoy panoramic skyline views from along the Chicago River
  • Observe Chicago's world-famous architectural styles
What to expect

This picturesque cruise is led by a professional guide who shares exciting details and historical significance of the buildings that line the Chicago River. Departing from historic Navy Pier, 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. Afterwards, 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)
  • Wolf Point
  • Wrigley Building
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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Professional narration of tour highlights
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks (available on most tours)
    Reduced price
    • Children (ages 3-12)
    • Infants (2 and under): free
    Where

    Navy Pier – 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

    Meeting point:

    The tour will depart from Polk Bros Park at the entrance of Navy Pier. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure

    What to remember
    • All passengers over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask onboard. Vessel capacity will be reduced to allow for social distancing and all seating will be spaced to ensure adequate distance between each social group
    • Please note this tour departs from Navy Pier
    • Tours last 75 minutes, except for the months of March and November, where tours run 60 minutes
    • Please note that some boats are double-decker boats with an open upper deck, and some are flat barge vessels. Boats are open-aired vessels with no heating element so dress for an outdoor activity
    • Boats can accommodate wheelchairs up to 30-inches wide. These wheelchairs must be able to navigate a ramp with a 2-inch step at one end
    • Restrooms are located on the boat's lower deck, and can only be reached by stairs
    • Leashed dogs are welcome on the tour
    • You can cancel your ticket for free up to 1 business day (Monday-Friday) in advance; cancellations for Sunday cruises must be made by Friday
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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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.

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