All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity.
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.
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 75-Minute Architecture Tour 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:
Enjoy this classic, informative tour of the world’s architectural hub! Tours departing from Navy Pier have Ramps for wheelchair boarding. Shoreline Architecture Cruises depart from the Navy Pier Ogden Slip. Please note that this tour does not run in the winter season.
Comments about Smart Destinations Architectural River Cruise:
We enjoyed this tour enormously. Victor was knowledgeable about so many of the buildings and also the architects who created the magnificent works. His humor and delivery of funny lines kept the entire tour entertaining and lively, even though the temperature was in the 40's. Great part of the Chicago experience!