Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise:
Victor Sevale

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On January 11, 2017
Last modified:May 2, 2019


Chicago Architecture River Cruise - Excellent tour to explore Chicago's world famous architecture and history associated with some of old buildings.

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago is very famous for its beautiful architectural gems. Chicago architecture river cruise treats you to the magnificent visual display of these architectural marvels. This one hour architecture river cruise on the historic Chicago River offers breathtaking views of the Chicago city skyline as you pass by more than 40 prominent buildings including the AON Center, John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building. Your onboard guide also provides you with interesting and informative commentary on the city’s distinctive architecture. During this architecture cruise, head down the main part of the Chicago River and then head up to the north branch to the East Bank Club and then pass by Willis Tower and the old Post Office Building.


– Exciting Architecture cruise down the historic Chicago River
– Discover all three branches of the Chicago River with your guide, an expert in architecture
– Enjoy the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and admire world-famous architecture
– See more than 40 buildings including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building and the Aon Center
– Discover the major events that helped shape the architectural history of Chicago

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Enjoy Chicago architecture river cruise down the Chicago River and gain interesting information on the city’s famed architecture. Your tour starts with you boarding the yacht at Navy Pier and then you embark on your exciting journey that takes you down all three branches of the historic Chicago River and past magnificent architectural landmarks.

During this hour long tour you get to pass more than 40 famous buildings including the Wrigley Building, the Aon Center, John Hancock Center, Willis Tower, IBM Building and more. Your guide, an architecture expert will tell you about the two major events that helped in forming the architectural history of Chicago. These two major architecture events include the invention of balloon-frame construction and Chicago’s rise from the Great Fire of 1871. These two milestones are the reasons, why Chicago today has emerged as a beacon of American architecture.

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

During Chicago Architecture River Cruise, you get to pass by buildings that were built by world-famous architects including Mies van der Robe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings nad Merrill. This tour definitely gives you a fine opportunity to marvel at the distinctive city skyline and the city’s stunning architecture.

Schedule Details

Departure Point: Navy Pier
Duration: 60 minutes approximately

Return details: Returns to original departure point

Additional Information
All boats have full restrooms, double-deck seating and a full bar
Wheelchair accessible (except for upper decks)


The itinerary of this one-hour cruise includes the following:
Navy Pier
Lake Point Tower
Aon Center
John Hancock Center
Cityfront Center
Illinois Center
NBC Tower
Chicago Tribune Tower
London Guarantee Building 333 North Michigan Building
401 North Michigan
Wrigley Building
35 East Wacker
Leo Burnett Building
IBM Building
Marina City
RR Donnelley Center
LaSalle-Wacker Building
222 North LaSalle
Central Office Building
Merchandise Mart
333 West Wacker, Montgomery Ward Complex
River Cottages, Merchandise Mart
Fulton House
225 West Wacker
Boeing World Headquarters
Civic Opera Building
AT&T Corporate Center
USG Building
Riverside Plaza
Citicorp Center
Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
Chicago Board of Trade
Central US Post Office
US Post Office Central Processing and Distribution Center
311 South Wacker
River City

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