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Chicago River Architecture Cruise from Michigan Avenue

Rated 4.1 out of 5.0 from 68 reviews.
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Explore Chicago's rich history through its iconic landmarks on this 60-75 minute architecture cruise!


  • Set sail on a river tour that takes you on a historical exploration of Chicago's world-renowned architectural landmarks.

  • Cruise along the Chicago River, and spot buildings like Tribune Tower, Trump Tower, and Willis (Sears) Tower.

  • Discover the city's history in architectural development and innovation.

  • Board the boat from Michigan Avenue (English and Spanish-guided tours are available).


  • Cruise ticket with departure from Michigan Avenue

  • Live commentary in English or Spanish


  • Food and drinks

cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Discover how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire and came to be the leader in mainstream American architecture on this tour! The 60-75 minute cruise includes a rundown of the city's dramatic history and inside stories. All this, while taking you past the most important buildings in the city - something that is hard to accomplish on foot. Catch sight of the skyline from the Chicago River, and listen to the live commentary on board. You will have plenty of photo opportunities when you see the Willis (Sears) Tower, the Old Post Office, Wrigley Building, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and more. The best part is that from May 29 to September 6 (i.e. from Memorial Day to Labor Day), each ticket includes a one-way water taxi ticket.

Ticket Information

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • English Tour

  • Spanish Tour

Discounted Tickets

Infants aged 0-2yrs can go for free. Children aged 3-12yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the boarding point.

  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.

  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Boarding Point

  • Redeem your ticket at Shoreline Sightseeing at Polk Bros Park.

  • Address: 108 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

Get Directions to the Boarding Point


This ticket is valid for the date and time selected during checkout.

ratings & reviews

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Arturo jovany Enriquez avila


Aug, 2021
Rated 1 out of 5
Reembolso! No funciono el sonido altavoces bocinas del bote y no pude pedir mi reembolso en taquillas por que compre online espero poder recibir mi reembolso..


Aug, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
It was a great experiencia! Joe was a great hostes.
Robert Stone


Aug, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Notwithstanding the app indicating that Chicago was not served I found the Architectural Boat Tour on the Chicago River. Besides learning about the various buildings along the riverfront, it was entertaining. There was even a bar serving drinks below. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Bernard Hart


Jul, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
It was a beautiful day I enjoy the ride all the people in Chicago are very friendly and it was just a good day a good weekend all together beautiful weather for a ride on the river I got a chance to photograph a lot of architecture and in which I love as a photographer so I'm looking forward to next time
Mariya Sukhanych


Jun, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
It was absolutely great and unforgettable trip! All our family was so excited. Thank you all!
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