Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a 75-minute cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from your onboard guide, an expert in architecture.
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Stop At: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-3419
Board your tour at Navy Pier for an exciting journey that takes you down all three branches of the historic Chicago River and past impressive architectural landmarks.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Chicago River, Chicago, IL
Take an architecture cruise down the Chicago River and learn about the city’s famed architecture from your knowledgeable guide. Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings on your cruise including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Aon Center, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), the IBM Building and more. Your guide, an expert in architecture, will recount the two major events that helped shape the architectural history of the city. Learn about how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized how homes were built, and hear the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871. Both of these milestones led Chicago to become one of the cradles of modern American architecture.
Along the scenic 75-minute route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). This river tour provides the best advantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and marvel at world-famous architecture while learning about Chicago's fascinating history.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Pass By: Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601
See the Riverwalk, a continuous walkway connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown.
Pass By: Historic Water Tower, 806 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2103
Chicago-focused gallery, specializing in photos, inside a 19th-century Gothic limestone landmark.
Pass By: Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
The Chicago Architecture Center is home to a 4,000-building scale model of Chicago.
Pass By: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation's first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city's first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes.
Pass By: Millennium Park, 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-6530
Located within Grant Park, Millennium Park is home to Cloud Gate, or "the bean."
Pass By: Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- All boats have full restrooms and some have a full bar
- Some boats are single deck vessels, the type of vessel you are placed on cannot be guaranteed
- Wheelchairs or other walking assistance equipment are not provided
- Tour times cannot be changed
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- 75-minute guided architecture cruise of the historic Chicago River given in Spanish
- Live commentary on board
1 hour 15 minutes
Returns to original departure point
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