Chicago: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture River Cruise

45 minute river cruise chicago

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Cruise down the Chicago River and see the city’s most spectacular landmarks on a boat cruise with live, family-friendly commentary and a full-service bar on board.

  • Free cancellation Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
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  • Live guiding English
  • Start times - Available today 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM
  • Duration 45 minutes
  • Local tour guide
  • Outdoor and interior deck access
  • Climate-controlled seating
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase onboard)
  • Navigate with your family through the heart of the City on the Chicago River
  • Learn from expert guides about what makes Chicago architecture so amazing
  • Relax on board with locally sourced food and drinks from the full-service cash bar
  • Pre-purchase your ticket to skip the line and guarantee your place on this popular cruise

Description

Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture from a unique perspective aboard a cruise sailing down the Chicago River, which features an indoor and outdoor deck, along with live commentary tailored to entertain the whole family. Treat yourself to a full-service cash bar at your own expense. Experience the best of the Chicago River from Lakeshore Drive to the Willis Tower, navigating along the South branch of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. Be entertained by the fun and experienced tour guides as they explain the history behind Chicago’s buildings along the river and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing skyline. Enjoy the most relaxing way to sightsee in Chicago, exploring the city free of traffic, noise, and congestion. Make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits. Explore the open-air decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.

  • Passengers can bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and food
  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • Children under 4 years of age are free
  • Seats on the decks are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • All bags are subject to a security search

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Chicago: 45 Minute River Architectural Cruise Tour

Chicago: 45 Minute River Architectural Cruise Tour

⭐ Chicago: 45 Minute River Architectural Cruise Tour. Get a quick, rich history and architecture intro to Chicago with a 45-minute river cruise—perfect for first-time visitors and photo ops.

Ticket types 🎫 Adult (13+) 🎫 Child (4-12)

Highlights 💼 Boat ride showcasing Chicago's river architecture, lasts for 45 minutes. 👨‍✈️ Expert skipper as the guide of the trip 📸 Capture breathtaking skyline views 🎤 Listen to captivating narrations 🚢 Embark on an unforgettable journey! General Info 📅 Date and time: various dates and times are available (select during purchase) 📍 Location: Wendella ⏳ Duration: 45 minutes 👤 Age requirement: children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 4 enter for free ♿ Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible ❗ For this event, all sales are final and tickets can’t be refunded, changed or modified. For more information, please refer to our T&Cs

Description Experience the awe-inspiring architecture of Chicago on an exhilarating 45-minute tour designed especially for first-time visitors. During this adventure, our expert captain guide will lead you on a captivating journey, sharing intriguing stories about each iconic landmark and highlight along the way. This family-friendly tour offers the comfort of a climate-controlled lounge, convenient restroom facilities, and accessibility for those with limited mobility. Skip the ticket office line and effortlessly present your smartphone ticket to the welcoming crew upon boarding. Capture unforgettable moments with stunning photos of the Windy City as you revel in this remarkable experience!

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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady

Architecture Adventure Awaits!

Explore Chicago’s iconic architecture aboard TripAdvisor’s #1 rated boat tour of the city. The only Chicago River cruise partnered with the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), Chicago’s First Lady Cruises offers visitors the city’s most engaging 90-minute architectural tour experience.

Highly trained and enthusiastic volunteer CAC docents (guides) provide visitors with a compelling and detailed narrative of Chicago's numerous architectural styles and the stories of the legendary figures who designed and built our city.

Enjoy cruising in comfort and style aboard Chicago’s Finest Fleet, featuring unobstructed sightlines and guaranteed seating on our open-air upper decks and full-service cocktail and snack bars in our climate-controlled interior salons. You’ll see why visitors and locals alike consistently name our tour the best way to see Chicago.

Experience More!

Complete your architecture experience with a visit to the Chicago Architecture Center, just $5 with a General Boarding Ticket and valid for up to 7 days after your cruise.

Or, treat yourself to a Priority Boarding Ticket, which includes exclusive early boarding period, skip-the-queue during general boarding, and CAC admission.

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Ticket details.

  • Priority Boarding tickets start at $69 and include exclusive early boarding period, skip-the-queue during general boarding, and Chicago Architecture Center admission.
  • General Boarding tickets start at $54. Include a visit to the Chicago Architecture Center for just $5 more!
  • Tickets can be purchased online , in-person at our dock during regular season hours or at the Chicago Architecture Center.
  • Avoid the box office by choosing "eTickets" or "Print at Home" as your delivery method.
  • Tour departures frequently sell out. Reserve your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Select "Will Call" to pick up your tickets at our dockside ticket office; bring your confirmation number.
  • Each person must have a ticket including infants and children.
  • Prices are subject to change.

Full Schedule

Early Spring March 17 - April 25

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We are located at Michigan Ave and Wacker Drive, Chicago IL

Tour Details & Tips

  • Tour Duration 90 minutes
  • Arrival Time Make sure your entire party arrives 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Priority Boarding Tickets  include exclusive early boarding period, skip-the-queue during general boarding, and Chicago Architecture Center admission.
  • General Boarding Tickets begin boarding approximately 15 minutes before departure.
  • Seating Open outdoor seating is guaranteed for all guests. The number on your ticket does not represent a seat number.
  • Tour Route The tour travels all three branches of the Chicago River. View tour route map.  Route subject to change without notice.
  • Cruises depart rain or shine. Tickets may not be refunded or exchanged if you miss your boat - allow extra time.
  • What to Bring Your sunglasses, cap or visor, as the sun can interfere with your view of the buildings.
  • Parking Discounted parking available at 111 E. Wacker Drive with proper validation from ticket office. Visit our  Location page  for more.
  • Did you know? A portion of your ticket fee supports the educational work of the Chicago Architecture Center!
  • Food & Drink  A full-service bar and snack bar are available on every vessel
  • Outdoor Seating Each vessel features an open-air upper deck which allows guests to safely enjoy the outdoors
  • Restrooms  Well-appointed restrooms are available on each vessel
  • Free Stroller Storage  Strollers will be folded and stored in the interior salon during the cruise. Children must be removed from strollers before boarding.
  • Limited Mobility Services Available  See our Location page for river-level drop-off directions for guests with accessibility needs. Our staff is also available to provide early boarding services for those with limited mobility.

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“I learned so much and left with a vastly greater appreciation of Chicago's stunning skyline.” - Jennifer S. TripAdvisor, IL

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  • What sets your tours apart from the others?

We are the only tour that partners with the Chicago Architecture Center to offer the official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady. All of our tours are given by experienced, volunteer docents who receive hundreds of hours of training from the Chicago Architecture Center before guiding the river cruise tour.

  • How long is the tour?
  • Each tour is 90 minutes.
  • Is there food/drink available onboard?

Yes. All boats have a full bar available onboard.

  • Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
  • Advance reservations are recommended as many tours sell out during the busy summer season and on weekends. Also, the 7:30 p.m. Twilight Cruise often sells out in advance.
  • Is there assigned seating?

All seating is general admission. There is enough seating for all guests to sit on our open air upper decks safely and with proper distancing measures in place. While seat numbers are printed on the tickets, you can ignore these as they are not valid.

  • Are tours offered in any languages other than English?
  • The Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady is given in English. However, there are foreign language brochures available at the ticket office and next to our outdoor beverage cart, in a variety of languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic.
  • Do I have to print my tickets?
  • You do not have to print your tickets. You can show your mobile ticket to our dock attendant with your smartphone, or you can have your tickets printed at the dockside will call window (be sure to bring a photo ID and your confirmation number).
  • Does the boat go on the lake?

No, the tour is only on the Chicago River. If you’d like to take a lake tour, please check out our sister cruise line Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline .

  • Are there restrooms onboard?
  • Yes, all the boats have restrooms onboard. There are also wheelchair accessible bathrooms on the Classic Lady and Leading Lady. Please note: the restrooms close 15 minutes before the end of the tour for safety reasons.
  • Can I bring luggage onboard?
  • Due to security reasons, luggage cannot be brought onboard. There is not an area to store your luggage dockside either. We recommend having your hotel hold your luggage.
  • Can I bring a stroller onboard?
  • Yes, you can bring a stroller onboard. Children must be removed from strollers before boarding. Strollers will be folded and stored in the salon during the cruise.
  • Are there changing tables onboard?
  • The Classic Lady and Leading Lady have changing tables onboard in the family restroom. The Little Lady, Fair Lady, and First Lady do not have changing tables onboard.
  • Are dogs allowed onboard?

Only service dogs are allowed onboard. Our sister company, Mercury , offers the popular Canine Cruise on summer weekends.

  • How can I get to your dock without using stairs?
  • There are two ways to reach our dock along Chicago’s Riverwalk without using stairs: 1. On foot via the ramp located on Wacker Drive at State Street. 2. Vehicle drop-off area on Lower Wacker Drive.
  • Can I trade my tickets for a different date/time?
  • No, all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable.
  • Do you cruise rain or shine?
  • Yes, we cruise rain or shine. All the boats have two levels – the top deck is open-air, and the lower deck is an enclosed, climate-controlled salon. Each salon is surrounded by large windows so you can stay comfortable while still taking in the magnificent views. Tour commentary is broadcast over speakers on both levels.
  • Are the boats wheelchair accessible?
  • Chicago's Leading Lady and Chicago’s Classic Lady are wheelchair-accessible. These vessels cruise at the 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 5pm departure times. When boarding, guests cross two ramps and enter through a 36-inch-wide opening (doorway). Crew members will assist in guiding the wheelchair across the gangway. Please present yourself to our staff if you prefer to board before general boarding starts. Guests unable to climb stairs to the upper deck may choose to sit in the open-air bow or the enclosed, climate-controlled salon with large windows. For safety reasons, motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs cannot be accommodated. Guests who are able to transfer may use the company's manual wheelchair based on availability.
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8 Best River Cruises & Boat Tours in Chicago

Chicago is home to two stunning waterfronts.

You can explore the city cruising along the Chicago River or Lake Michigan.

But with so many tours available, which one is best for you?

You can get on board a cruise tour and admire the spectacular Chicago skyline.

Or dress up elegantly for a dinner cruise, relax, and enjoy Chicago’s gorgeous shores with a fireworks show at night. 

There’s even a tall ship cruise for those looking for a different experience.

In this article, we’ll show you the best river cruises and boat tours around Chicago to get the most out of your trip.

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1. City Cruises (by Hornblower)

45 minute river cruise chicago

If you would like to experience both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, you should go for a 75-minute architectural tour by Hornblower.

Get to know Chicago a bit more while admiring the beautiful skyline view and several landmarks along the route.

Prefer a short and fun ride?

Try a 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour.

Or go on a high-speed jet boat when you book a Seadog Extreme Thrill Ride.

The boat departs between 11 am – 8 pm at Navy Pier.

Alternatively, get on board and enjoy a three-course meal while overlooking stunning views during brunch or dinner time.

For a romantic dining or special occasion, you can book a Fireworks Dinner Cruise for a wonderful night in Chicago.

Don’t forget to upgrade to a window table for the best views.

Later in the evening, have fun on an After Dark Dance Cruise and enjoy a nice buffet paired with your favorite cocktail in a club atmosphere.

  • Tours: Dining, Sightseeing & Events
  • Prices: from $28 USD adults
  • Departure Address for Dining: 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive Chicago, IL 60611
  • Departure Address for Sightseeing: Navy Pier, East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

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2. Chicago Fireboat Tours

45 minute river cruise chicago

What would be better than riding on a retired Chicago fireboat?

Whether a historical or a sunset tour, it’ll give you such an incredible experience as it also serves as a floating museum.

Escape the chaos of the city to relax on a 2-hour architectural tour.

Daily tours operate at 12 pm and 3 pm.

If these time slots aren’t suitable, you still have a chance to cruise along Lake Michigan for an unforgettable sunset scene.

Partnering with Phase Three Brewing, a Brew Cruise will make your sunset cruise even more memorable.

Choose from a wide selection of ales and lagers as you admire the city skyscrapers.

But note, that this cruise doesn’t leave every day.

Lastly, they also offer a Firework Cruise.

Reserve it for an intimate experience and indulge in the finest dishes among the Chicago skyscraper.

  • Tours:  Historial & Architecture, Sunset, and Fireworks
  • Prices: from $37 USD adults
  • Departure Address:  111 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, United States

3. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

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Take a stroll along Chicago Riverwalk and board Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

This is one of the most popular tours in Chicago.

If you’re an architecture lover, this tour is a must-do as their guides are well-trained volunteers from the Chicago Architecture Center.

For an extra 5 USD, you can upgrade the ticket to include Chicago Architecture Center admission.

Another option is to book a private vintage yacht that includes a bartender.

This is suitable for small groups of friends or family looking for a more personal tour on the river.

Pay extra for an alcoholic beverage package, so you can have a glass of wine while soaking up the Chicago sun.

For a romantic date, book your seats on the Evening River Cruise and have a few cocktails.

If you’re planning a wedding or a private event, Chicago’s First Lady Cruise could be a perfect option for you.

  • Tours: Architecture, evening & private
  • Prices:  from $50 USD adults
  • Departure Address: Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive.

4. Chicago Line Cruises

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At Chicago Line Cruises, their most popular tours are the 90-minute Architectural Cruise and Historical Cruise.

Onboard, you’ll be provided with a booklet so you can learn about Chicago’s story.

A complimentary Starbucks coffee, Twinings tea, or soft drink are included with the ticket.

On Saturday nights, the Architectural Cruise is even more spectacular as it includes fireworks.

For live Jazz, you can join the cruise on Sundas 6:30pm.

After the tour, you can stop by Pinstripes and get a complimentary antipasto taster by showing the cruise ticket.

  • Tours: Architecture, historical & jazz
  • Prices: from $45 USD adults
  • Departure Address:  465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

5. Mercury Cruises

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See the skyline views on Mercury Cruises most popular tour – the 90-minute Urban Adventure Cruise. 

You’ll see landmarks including Willis Tower, Aon Center, and John Hancock Building.

Although, what really sets them apart, are their Canine Cruises.

Its the only cruise in Chicago where passengers are allowed to bring their pet dogs!

Water bowls and a newspaper-lined restroom are available onboard for your dog.

If you prefer evenings, there are two available.

Chicago by Night Cruise or 3D Fireworks Cruise.

Both offer different experiences, as you’re provided with complimentary neon light wands or 3D glasses for the tour.

  • Tours:  Sightseeing, night & fireworks
  • Departure Address:  Southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive

6. Shoreline Sightseeing

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This company features the largest fleet which includes 11 touring vessels and 6 water taxis.

Join an Architecture Tour from either Michigan Avenue or Navy Pier that will take you to see over 40 Chicago landmarks during a 75-minute ride.

For a shorter boat ride, there is a 40-minute Skyline Lake Tour.

Sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views of the dramatic skyscrapers from your waterfront seat throughout the journey.

At night, they also offer a Fireworks Tour.

You can kick off your evening with their Architecture River or Skyline Lake Tour before the magical fireworks show.

We recommend you to check their Event Cruises if you’re celebrating an occasion.

Look for the Orchestra Cruise, Summer Brew Cruise, or Wine Tasting Cruise.

A private charter can be arranged with the various packages of food, beverage, and onboard DJ.

  • Tours:  Architecture, skyline & fireworks
  • Prices: from $25 USD adults
  • Departure Address 1: Polk Bros Park/Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States
  • Departure Address 2: Michigan Ave, 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

7. Tall Ship Windy

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If you’re planning a trip to Chicago during holiday periods, you should check out Tall Ship Windy special event sails first.

They often have extra services onboard to celebrate Fourth of July, Chicago Air & Water Show, and other events.

On normal days, you can explore the city with the classic Skyline Sail tour.

They operate at least three 75 minute tours a day from 1pm, departing from Navy Pier.

Some light snacks and drinks are available onboard.

Alternatively, reserve a seat for the Fireworks Cruise at night which also has a bar service.

For private charters, you’ll have a bar, buffet-style or picnic-style meals, and live entertainment.

  • Tours:  Skyline & Fireworks
  • Departure Address:  600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

8. Wendella Boats

45 minute river cruise chicago

Lastly, you can see Chicago from the water with a 90-minute Architecture Tour on Wendella Boats.

Their guide will share all the history of the most popular landmarks along the Chicago River.

Onboard, you’ll find a full-service bar, a restroom, and a climate-controlled lounge.

A shorter 45-minute Architecture Tour is also available.

For the best photos of the Chicago skyline, join their Sunset Cruise in the late afternoon.

Or catch a 2-hour Fireworks Cruise to make your night in Chicago more special.

On specific holidays, they offer a variety of event cruises for visitors.

These include Beer and BBQ Cruise, Wine & Cheese Cruise, Whiskey Tasting Cruise, and much more.

  • Tours: Architecture, drinks tours & special events
  • Prices: from $23 USD adults
  • Departure Address: 400 N Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

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City Cruises (by Hornblower) offers fine dining for brunch and dinner. They have a huge range of packages that include dining onboard while touring Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. The best deals are generally for special occasions like Fathers Day, 4th of July, or New Year’s Eve.

Get on board an actual piece of Chicago history, and admire the sunset on Chicago Fireboat Tours . They offer the most unique experience since their cruises are practically floating museums Grab some drink and enjoy a 1.30-hour ride along Lake Michigan.

Although most companies offer Architecture Tours, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises is our top pick for an architect lover. They have a partnership with Chicago Architecture Center and offer tour guides in town as well. You can get an upgraded ticket that includes a visit to the Chicago Architecture Center.

There are a number of options for sightseeing tours in Chicago. If you’re craving for more fun and exciting, Chicago Seadog Extreme Thrill Ride from City Cruises (by Hornblower) is an excellent option. For something more relaxing, you should try a Historical Cruise from Chicago Line Cruises . They have tours showcasing past photos of the city so you can compare it with the Chicago scenery of today.

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45-minute Architecture River Cruise

A chance to take a leisurely river cruise to explore Chicago's iconic architecture

On this 45-minute cruise, you’ll get the opportunity to explore the Chicago River and iconic landmarks and hidden spots of the city as you learn about the architectural heritage of the area.

As you journey across the river, you’ll get the chance to spot the city’s stunning skyline and see some of Chicago’s most renowned buildings. Along the way, you’ll get insights into the history of each sight.

  • Chance to see all three branches of the Chicago River
  • A relaxing way to explore Chicago's iconic architecture
  • Time to take photos of the city skyline from an upper deck

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  • 45-minute cruise
  • Guide services

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Best Chicago Boat Tours: Lake and River Cruises 2023

Taking one of the many Chicago boat tours is a delightful way to experience the Windy City.

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Chicago boat tours give you spectacular views of the incredible skyline. They help you experience Chicago’s legendary architecture and famous landmarks.

As the Third Coast, Chicago has miles of shoreline. We’ve also got the Chicago River, which flows through downtown, giving the city its unique character.

During the summer months, the river teems with tour boats and Lake Michigan is decorated with the silhouettes of countless sails. The water becomes an essential part of experiencing the city.

There are three branches of the Chicago River that flow through the heart of the city, and you can experience them during an architectural boat tour. You’ll learn how the river itself is a piece of history and the stories behind many of the iconic buildings in downtown Chicago.

You’ll discover several of the city’s major attractions. Sail past Grant Park and the iconic Buckingham Fountain. Learn more about the Museum Campus and its world-renowned museums.

There are unique boat tours, too. Have a party aboard a tiki-themed boat, and get the best view around of the twice-weekly fireworks. Take a private sailboat tour. Speed across Lake Michigan on a jetboat.

You can find your perfect cruise of Chicago waterways, whether it’s your first time visiting or you’re a born-and-bred local.

Ready to take one of these Chicago boat tours? We’ve included several below, including architecture cruises, sunset cruises, and unique Chicago experiences.

Prices listed below are for one adult, unless it’s a private charter.

Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady with River City and Willis Tower in the background. One of the many Chicago boat tours you can take in the Windy City.

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Several of these tours are available for purchase through Viator, of whom The Local Tourist is an affiliate. If you book one of these cruises, we’ll get a small commission. It’s at no extra cost to you and helps support our small business.

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Chicago Architecture Boat Tours

Chicago architecture center river cruise aboard chicago’s first lady.

Take the #1 boat tour in North America aboard Chicago’s First Lady . Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise is the gold standard among all Chicago architecture tours.

90-minutes fly by as you’re led by expert docents.

View of LondonHouse Chicago from Chicago's First Lady on the Chicago River.

You’ll learn about a mix of historic and modern architectural styles, including the people who designed and built Chicago.

I’ve personally taken these Chicago River boat architecture tours multiple times, and every time I learn something new.

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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Price: from $57.00

Shoreline Sightseeing Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Since 1939, Shoreline Sightseeing has been plying Chicago’s waters and they have the largest fleet in the city. Their architecture river tours are one of the most popular, with over 10,000 5-star ratings on Viator.

This architecture-centric 75-minute river tour takes you down the river’s main branch past Tribune Tower and the Merchandise Mart (now theMART) and up the north branch to the East Bank Club.

You’ll then float south past iconic landmarks like the Willis Tower (or, as we call it, the Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building.

Shoreline Sightseeing boats docked at Navy Pier with the Centennial Wheel above.  They have some of the most highly rated Chicago boat tours

With Shoreline’s Chicago boat tours, you’ll enjoy the magnificent city skyline and more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building. Tour guides fill you in on their distinctive architecture.

  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Price: $50.36

Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

This comprehensive tour from Wendella cruises both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, weaving a story of more than 200 years of social, cultural, and political history.

Starting with the internationally-known architecture from the Chicago River, you’ll venture through the Chicago Lock onto Lake Michigan for views of Chicago’s extraordinary skyline.

  • Price: $42.00

45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

This 45-minute Chicago River cruise from Magnificent Mile introduces you to the city’s rich history and architectural heritage. Your expert guide highlights the best of Wendella’s full-length architecture tours.

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Price: $27.00

Tours & Boats Chicago Architecture Boat Tours

Tours & Boats specializes in architecture tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. These take place on the Summer of George, which docks at River City Marina. They also rent it out for private charters.

Don’t let the price of this 90-minute tour fool you; it’s got a 5-star rating from hundreds of verified customers.

  • Price: $32.00

Chicago River Boat Architecture Tour

Chicago Line Cruises hosted the first architectural river cruise in Chicago in 1980, and they’ve been going strong every since.

In this 90-minute tour, you’ll discover the architects who built Chicago’s magnificent skyline. You’ll also learn about the devastation of the Great Chicago Fire and how it transformed the city.

  • Price: from $59.00

Premier Chicago River Architectural Lunch Cruise

Enjoy Chicago’s architecture in comfort as you enjoy a chef-prepared, plated lunch, and sip on creative cocktails aboard the Odyssey.

The interior is climate-controlled and there’s an open-air outdoor deck. This architectural lunch cruise offers great views and a narrated tour tracing the city’s history from the water.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price: from $110.58

Chicago Sunset Cruises

Lake michigan sunset cruise.

Get ready for a tranquil journey on Lake Michigan with Wendella’s Sunset Cruise. The tour kicks off near the DuSable (Michigan Avenue) Bridge, onboard Wendella’s premium tour boats.

The cruise sails from the Chicago River, through the Chicago Lock, and into the open waters of Lake Michigan. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset view behind the city.

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Chicago Signature Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan

The Chicago Signature Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan provides an array of experiences. Dine from a buffet prepared by an onboard chef while appreciating the stunning views of the city.

Departing from Navy Pier, you’ll see iconic sights such as the Willis Tower and Adler Planetarium from a unique perspective.

Enjoy the convenience of a full-service bar, and consider taking your experience outdoors on the open-air rooftop decks.

With dancing and live DJ entertainment on deck, the cruise creates a remarkable ambiance for an unforgettable evening.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Price: $136.54

Private Sunset Sail on Lake Michigan

With the Private Sunset Sail on Lake Michigan, you get an exclusive sailing experience. Sail along Chicago’s scenic lakefront with up to five friends, captained by a US Coast Guard licensed professional.

The journey presents stunning views of Chicago’s skyline. With a private charter, you can personalize everything – from the guest list to music and sailing route.

  • Price: $483.96 per group

Chicago Fireworks Cruises

Private evening sail in chicago ending with navy pier fireworks.

Set off on a private sailboat cruise in Chicago, culminating in a stunning fireworks display at Navy Pier .

Navy Pier Fireworks

This two-hour experience provides incredible views of the city skyline. Make this your unique, customizable experience, right down to the music and guest list.

  • Price: from $542.82 per group

Chicago Lake Michigan Fireworks Cruise

Embrace summer in Chicago with Wendella’s unforgettable fireworks cruise on Lake Michigan. Every Wednesday and Saturday night, the sky above the city bursts into a spectacular show.

Wendella Boats sign next to the DuSable Bridge

Don’t miss out on an unobstructed 360-degree view of this vibrant spectacle.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: from $50.00

Unique Chicago Boat Tours

30 minute lake michigan speedboat ride.

Embrace the thrill of a speedboat tour on Lake Michigan. This exciting adventure promises a unique perspective of Chicago’s iconic skyline.

Your journey begins at Navy Pier, which is the launch point for the Lakefront Speedboat Tour. It’s one of the best ways to view Chicago from the water.

Your experience on Seadog Cruises will be both fun and informative. As you speed along the shoreline, you’ll hear entertaining insights about the world-famous Chicago skyline.

The whole family, including your furry friend, is welcome aboard this 30-minute adventure.

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Price: from $36.39

Chicago River Tiki Boat Cruise

Experience Chicago in a unique and relaxing way aboard a floating Tiki Bar.

As the cruise navigates the picturesque Chicago River, you can sit back, enjoy a beverage, and take in the sights and sounds of the city.

Chicago Island Party Boat Tiki Boats on the Chicago River

For those curious about the impressive buildings lining the river, like the distinctive Marina City or the gleaming white Wrigley Building, the cruise’s staff is ready to provide interesting details.

  • Price: from $35.00

Lake Michigan Tiki Bar Cruise

Step aboard a vessel that epitomizes Tiki Chic. With two climate-controlled decks, two bars, two bathrooms, and a superior sound system, the cruise promises a comfortable and stylish journey.

Indulge in the “Admirals Lounge,” featuring top-shelf alcohol including the captain’s private reserve.

The journey begins on the Chicago Riverwalk, leading you through the unique experience of the Chicago Locks.

Once out on Lake Michigan, the cruise provides stunning views of Chicago’s skyline. This 1 hour and 30-minute journey showcases Chicago in a way guests won’t forget.

Chicago Fireboat Tours

Take a tour about a piece of Chicago history. The Fred A. Busse served the Chicago Fire Department for 44 years before becoming an excursion boat in Door County, Wisconsin .

Now it navigates the Chicago River transporting visitors through the city’s past. The veteran-owned company hosts tours led by expert docents with multiple departure times daily.

Because Chicago Fireboat Tours dock in DuSable Harbor and enter the Chicago River through the locks system, tour times vary from 90 minutes to 2.5 hours.

  • Duration: 90 minutes to 2.5 hours

Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Tall Ship Windy

Step aboard the 148 Ft. Schooner Windy for the Skyline Tour – a leisurely trip around Lake Michigan. You’ll escape the city’s hustle and bustle and explore Chicago’s shores while taking in the world-famous skyline.

At 148 feet long, the Schooner Windy is one of the few 4 masted Schooners built in the United States. You’ll enjoy a relaxing sail around aboard this truly historic vessel.

  • Price: $59.00

Sail Tall Ship Windy, Chicago’s Official Flagship 148′ Schooner

Leave the city behind and immerse yourself in an Educational Tour and Sail aboard the Windy 148′ Schooner, Chicago’s Official Tall Ship.

During the 75-minute sail, you’ll learn about sailing, the history of Lake Michigan, and Chicago.

The ship’s history is tied to Lake Michigan’s sailing history, filled with unique stories and interesting facts.

You’ll also have the chance to help sail this famous Schooner, all while enjoying incredible scenery and photo opportunities.

  • Price: $39.00

Architecture Cruise Chicago 45 minute

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Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture from a unique perspective aboard a cruise sailing down the Chicago River, which features an indoor and outdoor deck, along with live commentary tailored to entertain the whole family. Treat yourself to a full-service cash bar at your own expense.

Experience the best of the Chicago River from Lakeshore Drive to the Willis Tower, navigating along the South branch of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan.

Be entertained by the fun and experienced tour guides as they explain the history behind Chicago’s buildings along the river and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing skyline.

Enjoy the most relaxing way to sightsee in Chicago, exploring the city free of traffic, noise, and congestion. Make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits.

Explore the open-air decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities.

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  • Adults: $27.00
  • Children: $12.00

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  • Navigate with your family through the heart of the City on the Chicago River
  • Learn from expert guides about what makes Chicago architecture so amazing
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45 Minute River Cruise Architecture Tour of Chicago

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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

  • • 45 Minute Architectural Chicago River Cruise
  • • Admire Chicago’s Most Iconic Architecture
  • • Family Friendly Cruise Across Chicago River

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Chicago Experience Gifts: View Chicago's architectural highlights with this 45-minute Boat Cruise from Michigan Avenue.

Chicago is a city skyline full of jaw-dropping architectural delights with its distinctive skyscrapers ranging from art deco to contemporary styles. This 45-Minute tour visits the most condense section of the river for architecture and is perfect for families with children who would prefer a shorter boat ride. This comfortable vessel is also equipped with a restroom, snack bar, and climate control to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Take in the amazing sites of the Carbide and Carbon Building, Tribune Tower, Civic Opera Building, Willis Tower and the Aqua Tower among others. You won’t be able to believe how many magnificent buildings this city contains and children will simply love gazing up at all the giant, towering skyscrapers. This will be one of the best activities you take part in during a trip to the city of Chicago.

This 45-Minute Boat Tour of Chicago’s Architectural Highlights would a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for that family planning a trip to Chicago, or a unique sightseeing experience for solo travellers.

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Experience Chicago's legendary architecture and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing legacy for all to admire. This family-friendly introduction to the Windy City's rich history and architectural heritage features highlights from Wendella's full-length architecture tours. Each Wendella vessel has a climate controlled cabin with restrooms and a full service cash bar. Wendella vessels also have open-air upper decks. 

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Drinks & Snacks

  • Full-service bar with wine, local beer, and craft cocktails, as well as an assortment of snacks which you can all purchase onboard. 
  • Changing tables as well as restrooms are onboard for your comfort. 

Expert Guide

  • During your experience you will have the chance to have a knowledgeable guide to stay entertained and learn about the area.

Climate-Controlled Lounge

  • Keeping you cool when it's warm and warm when it's cool (or freezing).

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There’s something to be said for being first. Offering Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour, in addition to our constantly evolving list of tours & cruises, we showcase the best the city has to offer. Whatever the occasion, we’re committed to providing the ultimate Chicago experience for visitors and locals alike.

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Our narrated tours focus on Chicago’s rich architectural history, with expert tour guides on board to educate & entertain you.

Tours are offered year-round (weather permitting).

  • Lake & River Architecture Tour
  • 90 Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
  • 45 Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

Hop onboard one of our cruises to socialize with friends and family, and enjoy skyline views from the water. We offer something for everyone, as each cruise provides its own unique experience.

Cruise schedules vary based on holidays and seasonality.

  • Chicago Sunset Cruise
  • Chicago Fireworks Cruise
  • Private: 4th of July Fireworks Cruise
  • Holiday Fireworks Cruise
  • Wine & Cheese Cruise
  • Beer & BBQ Cruise

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Full-service bar with wine, local beer, and craft cocktails, as well as an assortment of snacks, all for purchase. Pinkies up!

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Everyone should be able to enjoy our tours. We make sure you can.

No need to hold it. We have changing tables for the little ones who don’t know what holding it is.

Climate-Controlled Lounge

Keeping you cool when it's warm and warm when it's cool (or freezing).

*Not all amenities are available on every vessel.

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90 Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour & Lake & River Architecture Tour

  • Adult: $42.00  |   Child (4-12): $19.00  |   Under 4: Free but ticket is still required. Please add free ticket to purchase order.

45 Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour 

  • Adult: $27.00  |   Child (4-12): $12.00  |   Under 4: Free but ticket is still required. Please add free ticket to purchase order. 

Chicago Sunset Cruise & Chicago Fireworks Cruise

  • Adult: $42.00  |   Child (4-12): $19.00 

Wine & Cheese Cruise | Beer & BBQ Cruise | Whisky Tasting Cruise

  • Adult (21+): $65.00 

Holiday Cruises

  • Prices vary. Check individual Cruise pages for ticket information.

Yes, we offer quite a few. To receive a discount, tickets must be purchased at the ticket office. Not valid on holidays.

  • 50% off on Tuesdays for College Students with a valid Student ID from an accredited College or University.
  • 50% off for active-duty U.S. Military personnel and their spouses with a valid ID Monday through Thursday. 
  • $10 off for U.S. Veterans and Reservists with a valid ID Monday through Thursday.

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For groups of 20 or more people, we offer group rates on select dates and times (excludes holidays) for the Chicago River Architecture Tour and Lake & River Architecture Tour. For Group Rates please call 312-337-1446. 

*Please note, if you need to make changes to the date and time of your group reservation, you must call us 24 hours prior to your departure at 312-337-1446. .

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance, especially during summer months and on weekends. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time as seating is on a first come, first served basis.

All tickets are nonrefundable. However, in the event you are unable to make your scheduled tour date or miss the boat, all tickets are transferable to another time, date, or tour.

Tours depart rain or shine. Most boats have an indoor climate-controlled lounge. However, in cases of severe weather, if the Captain deems it unsafe and cancels the tour, all guests will be refunded.

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Wendella is continuously chosen as a popular field trip destination by hundreds of school groups, park districts, and camp groups every year, educating students on Chicago’s history and architecture.

We offer discounted group rates for groups of 20 or more for the Chicago River Architecture Tour and Lake & River Architecture Tour. Group rates are valid on select dates and times (excluding holidays). Call 312-337-1446 for Group Rates.

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