Architecture cruise on the Chicago River from Michigan Ave
Cruises and boat tours

Architecture cruise on the Chicago River from Michigan Ave

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Availability: Daily from March until November
Duration: up to 1 hour 15 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Admire Chicago’s amazing urban architecture from the Chicago River
  • Sail down and view works of Bertrand Goldberg, Jeanne Gang and Mies van der Rohe
  • Take photos of the picturesque skyline at Wolf Point
What to expect

This picturesque cruise is led by a professional guide who shares exciting details and historical significance of the buildings that line the Chicago River. Boarding at the dock on Michigan Avenue, you’ll sail down all three branches of the Chicago River--the main branch, north branch and south branch.

While on the main branch, you’ll marvel at the works of Bertrand Goldberg and Jeanne Gang. Afterwards, reach the north branch and witness the vast contrast in how architecture on the Chicago River has changed over time. Enjoy amazing photo opportunities at Wolf Point, and then sail down the south branch where you’ll see Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower. You'll even hear the dramatic story of how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871.

Buildings along the tour:

  • 35 East Wacker
  • 222 North LaSalle
  • 225 West Wacker
  • 311 South Wacker
  • 333 North Michigan
  • 333 West Wacker
  • 401 North Michigan
  • Aon Center
  • Apple Store
  • Aqua
  • Boeing World Headquarters
  • Central US Post Office
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Cityfront Center
  • Civic Opera Building
  • East Bank Club
  • Fulton House
  • IBM Building
  • Jewelers Building
  • John Hancock Center
  • Lake Point Tower
  • LaSalle-Wacker Building
  • Leo Burnett Building
  • London Guarantee Building
  • Marina City
  • Merchandise Mart
  • Montgomery Ward Complex
  • Navy Pier
  • NBC Tower Chicago
  • Plaza Citicorp Center
  • Prudential Plaza
  • RR Donnelley Center
  • River City
  • River Cottages
  • Tribune Tower
  • Trump Tower
  • USG Building Riverside
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
  • Wolf Point
  • Wrigley Building
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What's included
  • Professional narration of tour highlights
What's not included
  • Food and drinks (available on most tours)
Reduced price
  • Infants (2 and under): free
  • Children ages 3-12: reduced
Where

Michigan Avenue – 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Meeting point:
  • Please note that there is a new flagship Apple store at this dock
What to remember
  • Tours last 75 minutes, except for the months of March and November, where tours run 60 minutes
  • This tour is only available in English. Please click here for the Spanish tour
  • Please note that upper decks are open-top
  • Restrooms are located on the boat's lower deck, and can only be reached by stairs
  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the tour
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When
  • Daily from March until November
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Provider
Shoreline Sightseeing
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.
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