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Architecture River Cruise

A $34.88 value, FREE with your Go Chicago Card!

Architecture River Cruise

The Architecture Cruise is an exciting tour of the Chicago River and its architectural landmarks. You’ll travel down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past the Willis Tower to the old Post Office Building. Cruises are led by professional guides who share the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 to become the home of the skyscraper and the cradle of modern American architecture.

Hours

April - October 19, 10:00am - 7:00pm
Please note, Go Chicago Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30pm, whichever comes first.

Closings

October 20 - April

Redemption Instructions

Present your Go Chicago Card at the Shoreline Sightseeing ticket booth at Michigan Avenue or Navy Pier's Gateway Park.

The Go Chicago Card allows you to sail on ONE daytime cruise per day. Choose between Classic Lake Tour, Architecture River Cruise Tour, or Tall Ship WINDY

Note

All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity. Evening cruises are not included with the Go Chicago Card.

Address

600 East Grand Avenue
Departs from Ogden Slip at Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611

Driving Directions

Illinois Street east towards Lake Michigan to Navy Pier. Take the Navy Pier Exit off of Lake Shore Drive.

Chicago is one of the most architecturally diverse cities in America. Longtime home of Frank Lloyd Wright and host to iconic buildings by Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings Merrill, and Helmut Jahn, the urban Chicago landscape is a living record of twentieth century architectural movements. This cruise provides the perfect vantage point from which to to marvel at these iconic structures. It’s also a great photo opportunity!

Review Snapshot® by PowerReviews Express
 4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 19 customer ratings)
Average Rating for Architecture River Cruise
0% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Fun (5), Informative (3)
Best Uses:
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Fabulous!
By Spider Vacation Verified Reviewer from Lenexa, KS on
Pros:
fun, Interesting
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

We went in the early fall so crowds weren't an issue. Our guide Sarah was great! We really enjoyed the cruise and getting a different view of the city. Sarah was very knowledgable about the architecture. It would be good to do early in the trip to get a feel for the area.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Favorite attraction in Chicago!
By LilRhody from Newport, RI on
Pros:
Great price, fun, Great views, Infiormative, Perfect Amount Of Time
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

This tour was my favorite attraction our whole trip! The most beautiful views, right in the middle of downtown chicago and in the middle of all of the action. The tour spans over a large area of Chicago, perfect length of time it flies by. Can enjoy a nice cool cocktail on board, tour guide extremely knowledgable, and great photo opportunities

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Awesome tour
By Mom3boys Verified Reviewer from Crofton MD on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

This had been recommended by several friends so it was the first thing we did when we arrived in Chicago. It was a fun and informative way to see Chicago. Our tour guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. It was a great tour and I would highly recommend.

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Very informative
By Becky from Portland, ME on
Pros:
fun, Educational, Educational fun
Best Uses:
Learn About Chicago, Good Photo Ops,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

We really wanted to get a good intro to Chicago and heard good things about this tour. So glad we did! Our tour guide, Brett, knew so much about the city and gave a really informative and fun tour. Perfect op to take lots of pictures, too, because you can get a good view you won't get from the street. I feel like I learned so much! Bring a jacket, though, because even if its hot out you'll get cold on the boat.

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Great City
By Bernie from Dallas on
Pros:
Family, Best, Weather
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

This was the best vacation we've had!!

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Great way to end our trip!
By Chris from Charlotte, NC on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

We did the Architectural River cruise the morning before departing. This was a great way to end our trip - a fun ride around the City where we made great memories for the whole week! Our tour guide was great!! Don't remember his name, but it was great.

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Fun, informative, great experience!
By Kelly348 Verified Reviewer from Pittsburgh, PA on
Pros:
Entertaining, Informative, fun, Professional
Cons:
Delayed By Late Customers,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

We had so much fun on this cruise. It was so interesting and informative. It's a great way to introduce yourself to Chicago and learn about the history as well as all the city has to offer!

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That's a must!
By France Verified Reviewer from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

Not easy to find the trolley office that is inside the Hilton Palmer in the gift shop

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A cant miss cruise!
By Tani from Miami on
Pros:
Learn About The History, See The City
Cons:
nothing negative to say,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

This is a great way to relax after a long day and enjoy the city view

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Cover the tall building chicago in 30 ms
By Krish Verified Reviewer from Saint Paul,MN on

Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise by Shoreline:

Cover the tall building chicago in 30 mins and history of each building with cruise ride. Never miss this in Chicago.

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  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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At a Glance

Address

600 East Grand Avenue
Departs from Ogden Slip at Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312-222-9328

Website: Architecture River Cruise

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