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Throughout our signature cruise one of our award-winning Docents will present more than 50 skyscrapers, bascule bridges, and historic sites.
In a world of iconic architecture, only a few images are so instantly recognized they need no subtitle.
Think of the Venetian canals, a Shinto temple, the medieval Cathedral at Chartres, or the unmistakable skyline of Chicago. Each year thousands of architecture lovers travel to the City of Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper… and thousands book passage aboard our enthralling river tour, widely considered the best 90-minutes spent in Chicago.
On your Architectural Tour you will learn how the Great Chicago Fire jumped a river and allowed for visionaries of structural steel and plate glass, such as John Wellborn Root, William Le Baron Jenney, Louis Sullivan (Wright’s mentor) and Daniel Burnham, in less than ten years, lift Chicago from the ashes of the fire to new heights. Chicago’s ascent continued into the 20th century with titanic figures such as Bertrand Goldberg, Fazlur Khan and Mies van der Rohe – (higher/taller) buildings, sleeker – and it has soared in the 21st century with audacious new steeples such as The Trump Tower and Aqua designed by Jeanne Gang, an internationally known artist of architectural design.
Join us for a 90-minute Architectural Tour aboard Chicago Line Cruises. On Saturdays, at 8:30 p.m. we offer a 2 hour Architectural / Fireworks Cruise.
A jaw-dropping excursion through a city that defied all expectations … even the laws of gravity.
Steel Towers Wacker Drive
150 N Michigan Ave
Travel all three branches of the Chicago River, starting down the main branch then traveling the North branch up to Chicago Ave. and down the South Branch to Polk Street.
“Wow. You think you know Chicago? Take a ride on this cruise and you will be blown away by the information. We took the 90 minute cruise. It included free cookies, soda, coffee and tea which was a nice touch.”
““Don't be tempted by the boats on the main river” - Their location is not on the river itself but just a few minutes walk from it. worth it !”
“This is my 8th time on a Chicago architectural river cruise and this was by far the most informative and biggest bang for your buck.”
“Great tour! Learned so much about the history of Chicago architecture. Would definitely do this again since skyline changes with new buildings going up.”
“The best guide on our whole USA trip. We took the Architecture tour where the boat meandered in between all of the incredible buildings of the city with the guide knowing EVERYTHING about each building; its style, age, height, architect, cost, purpose, owner ….. Quite brilliant!”
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