Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago is home to some impressive high rise buildings including the One Illinois Centre, the Aqua Tower and Aon Centre. The city is actually home to the United States’ second tallest building, Willis Tower, and to appreciate these colossal works of art you’ve got to hop aboard an architecture river cruise.

What to Expect

Cruise Chicago runs a handful of different cruises down the Chicago River but its most popular tour is the architecture cruise, for which it teams up with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The 90-minute riverboat cruise offers an educational insight into the cities biggest and best buildings. Take a pew indoors or outdoors and listen to your tour guide as they explain the ins and outs of Chicago’s best architecture.


All Architecture River Cruises depart from Riverside Gardens, on Chicago’s Riverwalk, at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Tours depart daily with times varying across the seasons. Don’t forget to arrive at least 30 minutes before your tour departs; the boats won’t wait for you!