• Adults: $43
  • Seniors: $41
  • Youths: $22
  • Children: 6 and Under Free

Tax is not included.

Aboard our ‘Chicago Along the River cruise’, passengers will gain exclusive access to images from the Chicago History Museum’s archive, giving unique perspective into Chicago then and now.

Three and a half centuries ago, what we call Chicago was little more than a swamp. It was a muddy and malodorous stretch of land so useless the Potawatomi had not bothered to settle it.

Sail with us and learn how the devastating Fire, in 1871, jumped a river and cleared the way for visionaries of plate glass and structural steel such as Jenney, Root, Burnham and Sullivan (Wright's mentor). In less than a decade, the Chicago School of ingenious grillage foundations and steel-frame construction techniques lifted all architecture heavenward. 

The Chicago History Museum presents our Historical River Cruise named, “CHICAGO ALONG THE RIVER". For 90 minutes both history and design buffs alike will enjoy many “I did not know that” moments as our award-winning Docent shares Chicago’s story, including its 6-year transformation from a city without a recognizable landmark, to the birth place of modern architecture. On the tour you will have a booklet displaying Chicago’s past, giving you a glimpse of Chicago’s rich history.

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'Chicago Along the River'

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Tour Highlights

Chicago History Cruise Route

Look at the past and present day Chicago, while sailing on the three Branches of the Chicago River. Travel just north of Chicago Avenue and as far south as Polk Street.

  • TravelGeek26 / Tripadvisor
    “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.”
  • Tali N / Toronto
    ““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 !”
  • Operagolf / La Habra
    “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.”
  • Marc K. / Whittier, CA
    “Great tour! Learned so much about the history of Chicago architecture. Would definitely do this again since skyline changes with new buildings going up.”
  • DrCumbrian / Tripadvisor
    “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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