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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.

Chicago Architecture River Cruise tickets

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

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.

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!

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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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