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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

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!

The Chicago Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for Chicago 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.
Please visit website for departure times. 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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