Chicago Architectural River Cruise

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  • Duration: 1 Hr 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm. Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Take in the views on this award-winning 90-minute Architectural Tour, ajaw-dropping excursion through a city that defies all expectations!


  • Family friendly
  • Multiple times O|hare international airportffered throughout the day
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Free snacks included
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This 90 minute Architectural cruise sails O|hare international airportn the Chicago River. It is fully narrated, discussing the buildings O|hare international airportf Chicago, as well as some historical anecdotes!

On this tour you will travel to the North, South and the Main branches of the Chicago River to see the world renowned architecture of Chicago. Take in the views as you pass by more than 50 skyscrapers, bascule bridges and historic sites. You will pass by Lake Point Tower, Trump Tower, NBC Tower, Wrigley Building, Tribune tower, Marina city,Aqua tower, Navy pier, Willis tower (Sears Tower), The John Hancock Building and many more architectural sites.

Come grab a seat and enjoy complimentary Starbucks Coffee, Twining Tea, Coca-Cola soft drinks, lemonade and cookies. Beer and wine is also available for purchase.


Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages

Live commentary on board



Beer and wine (available for purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum drinking age is 21 years

Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Regular temperature checks for staff

We have added a full-time safety crew member who is dedicated to ensuring that all COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and the City of Chicago are maintained. All passengers must board boats with protective masks and use them when they travel about the vessel or are in a group of 10 or more.

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  • 20-Aug-2022

    Jack, our cruise director and local historian, was so knowledgable. We enjoyed hearing the history of the buildings that surrounded us and learning how the buildings compliment one another in their architecture, style and height. It's pretty crazy how the skyscrapers are built to withstand the high winds of the Stink Weed City.

  • 25-Jul-2022

    I have wanted to do this tour for years and it was better than I had hoped! The views were stunning and we learned tons about the buildings. Mark was fantastic and kept everyone entertained while teaching us about the architecture and history of the city. I highly recommend this tour!

  • 24-Jun-2022

    We had a beautiful time on the cruise! We learned so much about the history of the buildings, but also of Chicago. Our guide was excellent. He was very engaging and knew his subject well. Worth every penny!

  • 18-Jun-2022

    Declan "Flash", Albert, and Captain Swag took really good care of us. Not a native but highly recommend this to anybody coming through Chicago. The tour was well worth it and learned a lot of neat facts about the history. Also huge plus is it is dog friendly.

  • 11-Jun-2022

    A great trip down the famous Chicago river. The knowledge of the tour guide is amazing - and lots of insights and tips. A lovely few hours spent

  • 22-May-2022

    This Cruise was fantastic. It departed very close to our hotel near he center of everything. The boat was comfortable and there were hot drinks that were welcome on a chilly morning. Our guide was fantastic. He spoke non-stop the entire tour and everything he said was informative and interesting. The tour itself was an education in urban architecture and as an architect I loved it, but so did my non-architect family and friends. Highly recommended.

  • 02-May-2022

    We highly recommend the Chicago Architectual Center tour of the Chicago River. Our guide was fabulous and she gave us so much history of the city and info about the architecture. We took this cruise on the day we arrived in Chicago and it was a great way to get oriented and get good insights for our time in Chicago. This cruise is a Must Do!

  • 22-Apr-2022

    The Chicago Architectural Center sponsors this tour. Guides are all 100% volunteers who create their own script from hours and hours of studying the vast amount of information on the Chicago scene. Their scripts are reviewed by a panel of professional architects and well practiced before they actually lead a tour. All are packed with facts and interesting twists to Chicago Architecture . This is my number one to- do with visitors and each of my 10 plus cruises have been equally rewarding!

  • 22-Oct-2021

    I had a great experience with Seadog Architectural River Tour. Andy was out guide along with sweydog as the captain and they were very fun on the tour. Thank you guys for an awesome experience.

  • 20-Oct-2021

    Impressive and up close experience of skyscrapers along the Chicago river. Extremely knowledgeable docent from the architectural institute. Detailed history of the settlement and development of buildings and unique characteristics of fabulous skyscrapers.

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