Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

4.8 / 5

83 reviews

Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

From $23 per person

Cruise down the Chicago River and see the city’s most spectacular landmarks on a 45-minute boat cruise with family-friendly live commentary and a full-service bar on board.

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Duration 45 minutes
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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
  • 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
Full description
Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture from a unique perspective aboard a 45-minute cruise sailing down the Chicago River, which features a full-service cash bar and live commentary tailored to entertain the whole family. 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- a perfect way to explore 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.
  • Local expert tour guide
  • Outdoor and interior deck access
  • Climate-controlled seating
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase onboard)
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Know before you go

    • 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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    Overall rating

    4.8 / 5

    based on 83 reviews

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    Very informative tour; really beautiful at night!

    July 22, 2021

    Quick, picturesque ride down the Chicago river. Good ride for this price range

    July 20, 2021

    July 20, 2021

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    Product ID: 361750