Booking Fee

Chicago: Architecture River Cruise Skip-the-Ticket Line

$53.00 /person
Info &

About the activity

Cruise along the Chicago River on a boat tour and discover hidden architectural gems among the city’s renowned landmarks, with live narration.

  • Free cancellation
    Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
  • Instant confirmation & Mobile tickets
    Receive your ticket right away. Use your phone or print your voucher.
  • Skip the line
    Get priority entry.
  • Non-guided activity
    Live and audio guiding is not available.
  • Host or greeter
    English, Spanish
  • Start times - Available today
    3:15 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM +8 more
  • Duration
    75 minutes
  • Includes
    • Architecture river cruise
    • Live commentary
    • A barcoded ticket allowing you to skip the ticket office and proceed directly to the boarding line
    • Boarding photo
    • Food and drinks (may be purchased)
Highlights & Description


  • Cruise along all 3 branches of the Chicago River
  • Get an insight into 40 landmark buildings from an on board docent
  • Relax on board with a drink from the cash bar
  • Enjoy narration educating on the local sites & sounds of Chicago


Skip the lines at the ticket office and climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise for a 75-minute cruise of all 3 branches of the Chicago River, and marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary.

Get an insight into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture.
Your expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building, Trump Tower, Marina City, Willis Tower, and more.

Relax with a glass of something cold from the cash bar, as you cruise the Windy City’s waterway, and learn its status as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s most beautiful cities. End your tour in the same place where you boarded the boat.

Good to know before you go
  • The regular tour is 75 minutes long, but in the colder months (November 1 – April 15th) the tour is 60 minutes long
  • Please dress for an outdoor activity
  • A cash bar is on board most vessels, depending on the season
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time
  • Don't forget your camera
  • A $10 per ticket change fee will be charged by the local partner for any date or time changes made on the original date of the tour
Meeting point

Cruise in English - Departing Navy Pier

Cruise in English Departing from Michigan Ave

Cruise in Spanish - Departing from Navy Pier

Reviews & Ratings

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cancellation policy for this activity?
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
2. When will I receive the confirmation of my booking?
You will receive an email notification right after your successful payment. If you don't see it in your inbox, check your spam or junk mail folder. When the payment is completed you have the option to download your ticket directly.
3. What does the 'skip the line' ticket mean?
'Skip the line' tickets provide the fastest possible entry with no or very little queuing.
4. Are mobile tickets enough or do I have to print them?
Tickets don't need to be printed. You can show your ticket from your smartphone as a PDF.
  • Adult
    13-99 years
  • Children
    3-12 years
  • Infant
    0-2 years
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