Architecture River Tour by Shoreline Sightseeing

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Duration: 1h
Location: Chicago, IL United States | Chicago, United States

Category: Cruises & Water Tours

Chicago River cruise showcasing world-class architecture
More than 40 historic structures & modern skyscrapers to see
Sights include the iconic Willis, Tribune & Hancock towers
Insightful commentary from onboard architecture expert
Unique perspective of striking urban skyline from the water

Guided river cruise of Chicago's architectural landmarks


Equal parts boat and buildings, this river cruise features a widescreen perspective of the skyline and up-close views of its most iconic structures. Board an open-roof vessel and float with the current as an architecture expert shares the fascinating history behind Chicago’s renowned buildings.

Hop onto your vessel at Navy Pier, steer toward the Chicago River—a 156-mile (251-k) system of streams and canals—and cut directly through the heart of the city. Once a vital component in the early shipping success of Chicago, this snaking body of water now offers the perfect platform for admiring its surrounding architectural marvels.

Your ride covers more than 40 points of interest, including the Tribune Tower, a neo-Gothic building constructed in 1925, and the Willis Tower, the second-tallest building in the United States. Crane your neck up at the John Hancock Tower, a skyscraper equipped with an impressive observation perch 1,000 feet (304 m) high.

As an architecture expert guides your excursion, hear about the distinctive designs, striking construction, and steel-and-cement feats by world-famous architects like Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, and Louis Skidmore. From the IBM and USG buildings to the Fulton House and Citicorp Center, this tour offers a design feast for the eyes.

Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Know before you book: Children 2 and younger are complimentary.

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