Chicago River Boat: Expert Architectural Tour
658 Ratings
Embark on an expert architectural tour of Chicago's remarkable buildings and designs. Cruise along the Chicago River and discover the city's architectural treasures.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Chicago River - Chicago is known around the world for its architectural feats, both inside and outside of the buildings. From the 100-year-old Art Deco, Neo-Classical, and Gothic Towers, to some of the tallest modern-day skyscrapers, Chicago is where old meets futuristic architectural endeavors. It has something for everyone in a way that no other city replicates today.

We are born-and-raised Chicagoans ourselves, passionate about the community that we know and love. That passion and desire spills into all of our tours, drawing on personal experiences for curating a tour that just can’t be duplicated by a book or a movie. We want you to experience everything firsthand.

What's Included
  • Local guide
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Tea and coffee
  • Available for purchase onboard
Additional Information

Welcome aboard the Chicago River Boat Architecture Tours! We’re delighted to offer a comprehensive, expert-led river boat tour focused on the architectural marvels of one of America’s most distinguished cities. Famed for its unique, bold, and historical architectural ventures, summarizing all the architectural gems that define the Windy City is a monumental task. If you’re eager to delve deeper into the designs, the visionaries behind them, and the groundbreaking innovations they incorporated, put on your captain’s hat and embark on a scenic journey along the Chicago River, where you’ll witness architectural feats that attract aficionados from across the globe. Tours set sail from 465 N. McClurg Ct.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
465 N McClurg Ct
North McClurg Court
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(658 Ratings)
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Mar 16, 2024
St Paddy's Day river cruise - Great boat ride. We went for St Patricks Day. They provided lunch box with drink tickets. All the staff was very friendly.
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Dec 8, 2023
Best way to see Chicago! - Fantastic tour, especially our guide who was so knowledgable and interesting! We loved going at 4pm so that we started in daylight and ended with the city lights shining! Highly recommend for anyone, any age! Our group ranged from ages 17-85 and we all had a great time.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 3, 2023
Great informative River Tour of Chicago Architecture - The tour was great, the staff were amazing. Al knows what he is talking about and he can also talk for the entire tour without interruption. Christian took good care of us making sure everyone had drinks and kept us entertained. The tour showed all the beauty of the Chicago Architecture and Al actually made it interesting. I would not recommend it for younger children or Children in general if they are not interested in buildings and some history, but adults will enjoy the scenery and quiet time on the river as well as the information they can learn about Chicago. Only complaints would be parking and Viator not being overly user friendly when booking or making changes to the reservations.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 1, 2023
Rolling down the river on a sunny day - The tour guide was a true Chicago native; you could tell by the way he told stories and facts about the architecture of the city. He definitely made the tour interesting! The crew were also lovely.
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Dec 1, 2023
Chicago on the river - Even though it was a bit chilly, the sights were marvelous. And the guide appeared most knowledgeable
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Nov 26, 2023
Boat Architecture Tour - Very informative and beautiful I'm not sure why there's a character minimum, I prefer concise descriptions
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Nov 22, 2023
A great view of the city! - It’s a lot of fun and a great way to see the city! The staff on the boat was kind, the tour guide was super knowledgeable and everything was super on time.
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Nov 21, 2023
Facts and more facts! - A river boat tour through Chicago is a must do for any first time tourist. I don't if the other boat tours are any better, but this one was great. The 90 minute tour does deep dive in the history and architecture of almost every skyscraper along the river...a lot more info than you wanted, but most of its pretty entertaining and easy to digest. It's just all very beautiful! Not sure if I would do it again anytime soon, but a must if you never have. $60 isn't cheap, but it's worth it. $13 for Irish Coffees, which were nice on this chilly windy tour! Though next time I'll probably just BYOB ;)
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Nov 20, 2023
Great Intro to Chicago - Very informative. So much information that the docent had to really speed through the presentation to get in all the words. Sometimes a little hard to understand, but context made it clear. No reservations recommending.
Review provided by Viator
Nov 26, 2023
Snow flurries didn't deter! - Cruise was very nice, informative tour guide and beautiful buildings. The weather was blustery and snow made for some nice pictures.
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up to 10 guests
1 Adult
April 2024