Architectural River Cruise

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Part urban outing, part outdoor adventure, on this tour you'll explore the masterworks of some of the world's most famous architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and more. There is no better view than from the Chicago River.
  • Adult gate price $35.56
  • Child gate price $19.88
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See beautiful Chicago by water on your trip, with an exciting cruise that takes you along the banks of the Chicago River. This one-hour cruise passes the best architectural landmarks of Chicago, while you relax and enjoy the splendor from your tour boat! It’s “urban outing” meets “outdoor adventure”, and it’s the perfect way to tour the city that claims as its own such architectural greats as Frank Lloyd Wright.

Shoreline’s reputable one-hour Architecture Cruise takes you along all three branches of the Chicago River. You’ll be accompanied by a witty and well-informed docent, with whom you can chat in-depth about the history of Chicago’s architecture, including details about “the Great Fire” and the city’s landmark buildings. Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings Merrill, and Helmut Jahn are among the world-famous architects who have made their mark in this metropolis in the form of highly recognizable buildings and functional skyscrapers.

Sights you will see and learn about along this tour include:

  • The Willis (Sears) Tower: At 110 meters high, this famous tower is the tallest in the Western hemisphere and the fifth largest in the world and contains some 3.8 million square feet of business and retail space.
  • The Tribune Tower: Home of The Chicago Tribune, CNN’s Chicago bureau, and WGN Radio, this prominent neo-gothic building was built in 1925 and stands 141 meters above ground.
  • The Wrigley Building: More than just a baseball field or chewing gum brand, the Wrigley name is also attached to this beautiful property that sits on Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile”.
  • Marina City: This multi-building complex occupies an entire block of the city and sits along the north bank of the Chicago River.
  • The Old Post Office Building: Designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, this famous brick-sided mail terminal was listed by the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Enjoy this classic, informative tour of the world’s architectural hub! Ramps are available for easy wheelchair boarding, and maps and architectural guides are handed out and can be kept as souvenirs after the trip. Shoreline Architecture Cruises depart from the Navy Pier Ogden Slip. Please note that this tour does not run in the winter season.

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Architectural River Cruise Details

  • Seasonal attraction
Phone: 312-222-9328
Address
600 East Grand Avenue
Departs from Ogden Slip at Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours
April - October 19, 10:00am - 7:00pm
Note
All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity.
Closings
October 20 - April
  • Seasonal
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
600 East Grand Avenue
Departs from Ogden Slip at Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
Public Transportation
Driving Directions
Illinois Street east towards Lake Michigan to Navy Pier. Take the Navy Pier Exit off of Lake Shore Drive.

Admission and Offer Information

Present your Go Select Pass at the Shoreline Sightseeing ticket booth or the Navy Pier Ogden Slip ticket booth.

All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity.

Architectural River Cruise Packages

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