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This attraction is seasonal and may be closed during your visit. Please see the Details tab for closings.

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

Please note, only ONE boat cruise per day for Go Chicago Card holders. Choose between:

  • Architecture River Cruise
  • Classic Lake Tour
  • Tall Ship WINDY
  • Chicago Architecture River Cruise tickets

    Gate Prices Adult $41.44
    Child (3-12) $21.28

    Explore Chicago on board an Architecture River Tour! This picturesque cruise is led by a professional guide that gives the exciting details of the buildings that line the Chicago River, as well as their historical significance.

    marvel at the works of Bertrand Goldberg and Jeanne Gang. On the north branch you’ll see a vast contrast in how architecture on the River has changed over time and you’ll have a great photo opportunity at Wolf Point. Then start sailing down the south branch where you’ll dive into the dramatic story of how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 and you’ll see Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower.

    Home 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. Don’t miss out on this Architecture River Tour, it’s the picture perfect cruise that’s fun for the entire family!

    The Go Chicago Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Chicago Architecture River Cruise tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

    Getting In

    Present your pass at the Shoreline Sightseeing ticket booth at Michigan Avenue or Navy Pier. You will receive a timed tour ticket. Tour times cannot be changed once ticketed.


    Seasonal. Multiple departures daily April through November, 10:00 am-5:30 pm.
    Please visit website for departure times. Schedules are subject to change.


    November-April; in the case of good weather in the colder months, the cruise will still run. Please visit the website for departure times.


    All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity. Tour lasts 75 minutes. Does not include Fireworks Cruises. On Peak Days, we recommend departing from the Michigan Avenue location for shorter wait times and greater availability.


    Michigan Avenue/Riverwalk (enter Riverwalk at the 401 N Michigan Avenue Plaza) OR
    Navy Pier (departs at Ogden Slip at Polk Bros. Park)

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