Architecture Cruise on the Chicago River from Michigan Ave

Language: English

Duration: 1 hour

Tour Highlights

  • Sail down the Chicago River and see works by Bertrand Goldberg, Jeanne Gang, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
  • Take shots of Wolf Point's beautiful skyline.

Tour Overview

A trained guide leads this scenic trip, sharing intriguing details and historical significance of the buildings that border the Chicago River. You'll board at the Michigan Avenue wharf and cruise down the Chicago River's three branches: the main branch, north branch, and south branch.

On the main branch, you'll find pieces by Bertrand Goldberg and Jeanne Gang to admire. After that, make your way to the north branch to see how the Chicago River's architecture has altered over time. At Wolf Point, take advantage of fantastic photo possibilities before sailing down the south branch to visit Chicago's renowned Willis Tower. Even the epic account of Chicago's rise from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 will be told.

Buildings along the tour:

  • 35 East Wacker
  • 222 North LaSalle
  • 225 West Wacker
  • 311 South Wacker
  • 333 North Michigan
  • 333 West Wacker
  • 401 North Michigan
  • Aon Center
  • Apple Store
  • Aqua
  • Boeing World Headquarters
  • Central US Post Office
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Cityfront Center
  • Civic Opera Building
  • East Bank Club
  • Fulton House
  • IBM Building
  • Jewelers Building
  • John Hancock Center
  • Lake Point Tower
  • LaSalle-Wacker Building
  • Leo Burnett Building
  • London Guarantee Building
  • Marina City
  • Merchandise Mart
  • Montgomery Ward Complex
  • Navy Pier
  • NBC Tower Chicago
  • Plaza Citicorp Center
  • Prudential Plaza
  • RR Donnelley Center
  • River City
  • River Cottages
  • Tribune Tower
  • Trump Tower
  • USG Building Riverside
  • Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
  • Wolf Point
  • Wrigley Building


  • Professional narration of tour highlights

Not Included

  • Food and drinks (available on most tours)

Reduced Price

  • Infants (2 and under): free
  • Children ages 3-12: reduced


Michigan Avenue – 401 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Meeting Point

Please note that there is a new flagship Apple store at this dock.

What to Remember

  • Tours last 75 minutes, except for the months of March and November, where tours run 60 minutes.
  • This tour is only available in English.
  • Please note that upper decks are open-top.
  • Restrooms are located on the boat's lower deck, and can only be reached by stairs.
  • Leashed dogs are welcome on the tour.


Daily from March until November

Booking Fee

Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.

Cancellation Policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.