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

This attraction is closed for the season

All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity. Redeem your pass at Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue!

Insider tip: Visit the cruise during the weekday to experience a shorter wait time!

Shoreline Architecture River Cruise tickets

Gate Prices Adult $45.92
Child (3-12) $24.64

Brief description:

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.

On board you’ll sail down all three branches of the Chicago River, on the main branch you’ll 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.

What your Shoreline Architecture River Cruise ticket includes:

Your Shoreline Architecture River Cruise ticket includes a guided tour onboard the ship past all the famous buildings and structures along the river.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Main Branch: enjoy marveling at the works of Betrand Goldberg and Jeanne Gang
  • 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
  • South Branch: 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
The Chicago Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for Shoreline Architecture River Cruise tickets, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

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.

Hours

Seasonal. Multiple departures daily April through November, 10:00 am-5:30 pm.
Additional departure times may be available; please visit the website for an updated schedule. Schedules are subject to change.

Closings

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

Note

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.

Address

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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