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Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

From US$ 25 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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  • Face mask or protective covering

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  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Food and drinks

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  • 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 197 reviews

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We arrived Thursday and we stayed outside of Chicago in Rosemont Hyatt regency. We wanted to see Chicago downtown. We are extremely happy we picked the Architecture Family boat excursion. All my kids wanted and expected different thing. When we got on board a chilly 12-17-2021 boat ride The guide Mr Paul not only filled all our needs of what the city was what things meant and who designed what building and bridge. My kids were all fascinated. Mr Paul is truly an asset to your charming city. He was charming,funny knowledge. Our only regret we did the 45 minute ride and not a longer one. What an amazing time. Thank you MR PAUL and all the employees all very kind and gracious. Thank you Chicago. Becky & Benny. From Leesburg VA

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December 18, 2021

It was our first time to Chicago, and we learned a lot about the city in the 45 minute architectural river tour. I would do this again, and even go on one that is longer. The 45 minutes fit our schedule just right this trip. The tour guide was knowledgeable and easy to listen to.

September 13, 2021

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