Chicago Architecture Tours

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At Shoreline, we’re devoted to showing off our great city to Chicagoans and visitors from all over the world. And nothing is more impressive than our great architecture as seen from the Chicago River.

Aboard our state-of-the-art cruise vessels, our architecture tours provide an insider’s glimpse into the buildings and engineering that made Chicago famous as the birthplace of the skyscraper and home of modern American architecture. As our expert guides lead you down the Chicago River, you will discover hidden architectural gems as well the city’s most renowned landmarks. Relax with a glass of something cold from our cash bar as your cruise takes you from the Windy City’s birth to its current status as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Architecture tours depart from our docks at Gateway Park at Navy Pier and from the northeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

Architecture River Tour

Our first tour option is the 75-minute Architecture River Tour. See Chicago’s skyline as never before as we take you past the Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, and Marina City, among others. Adult tickets range from $31.75-35, with senior rates at $28.75-32, and children at $17.75-21.

Architecture Fireworks Tour

Our Architecture/Fireworks Tour is a great option for those looking for a really big “bang for their buck.” Traveling among Chicago’s fabled skyscrapers, this 90-minute guided tour ends the evening with the Navy Pier fireworks display viewed from an ideal location at the mouth of the Chicago River. Saturday night and Wednesday night tours are available at $31.75-37 for adults, $28.75-35 for seniors, and $17.75-21 for children.

Night Architecture Tour

Our third architecture tour option will show you how Chicago’s skyline comes to brilliant life at night. So for all you night owls we’ve planned our Night Architecture Tour. Running 75 minutes, these tours explore Chicago’s path to prominence, covering elegantly lit buildings from world famous architects like Helmut Jahn, Jeanne Gang, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Prices are $29-32 for adults, $26-29 for seniors, and $13-18 for children, so make sure to buy your tickets today!


Click here to view the Architecture River Tour video on Youtube.