Shoreline Architecture River Tour from Michigan Avenue

Shoreline Sightseeing401 N Michigan AvenueChicago, IL 60611
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Join the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise from Michigan Avenue and witness the city’s incredible architecture and engineering marvels from the Chicago River! Cruise past over 40 iconic buildings, from the majestic John Hancock Center to the historic Wrigley Building, as your expert guide shares the history of the buildings, their architects and engineers.

up to 1.2 hrs 1 or more people

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from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Enjoy stunning views of over 40 iconic Chicago buildings and landmarks, including the Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, and Marina City.
  • Led by a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, you'll learn about Chicago’s architectural and engineering marvels.
  • This river boat tour is family-friendly and suitable for all ages.
  • Children age 2 and under are free, but please select a ticket for them even though they are free.
  • The tour is dog-friendly, too. Please note that dogs must remain on a leash throughout the tour.
  • Located steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Shoreline Sightseeing's Michigan Avenue dock is the perfect starting point for your tour.
  • Drinks and small snacks items are available for purchase on board. Purchases are available by credit card only.


from Architecture River Tour from Michigan Avenue
Experience Chicago's architectural marvels with this Shoreline Architecture River Tour. Departing steps off of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile at Shoreline Sightseeing's Michigan Avenue dock, this river cruise will take you along all three branches of the historic Chicago River.

You'll start your tour in the heart of the Chicago River and cruise down the river's main branch. Then up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building.

Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 historic buildings and iconic landmarks, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building. And learn about their distinctive architecture from your professional and entertaining guide.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Architecture River Tour from Michigan Avenue

Where does the tour depart from?

The tour departs from Shoreline Sightseeing's Michigan Avenue dock located just steps from Chicago's Magnificent Mile at 401 Michigan Ave.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.

Where does the Architecture River Tour go?

The Architecture River Tour cruises down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past the Willis (Sears) Tower to the old Post Office Building. A knowledgeable and entertaining guide will provide detailed descriptions of over 40 landmark buildings as you cruise along.

How long is the Architecture River Tour?

This guided boat tour lasts approximately 75 minutes.

Are children allowed on the river Tour?

Yes! This is a family friendly tour and children under the age of 3 can join free of charge.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Architecture River Tours from Shoreline Sightseeing's Michigan Avenue dock are not wheelchair accessible. There are two full flights of stairs for entry and exit.

What happens if it rains?

The tour schedule depends on the weather. The tour will usually sail during the summer, though bad weather could result in a reduced schedule. The captain will decide whether conditions are unsafe, and they have discretion to delay or cancel the cruise accordingly.

Are there restrooms on the tour boats?

Yes, the tour boats have onboard restrooms.

How many people will the boat fit?

The vessel can accommodate anywhere from 150 to 260 passengers.