Architecture River Boat Tours in Chicago

Chicago Architecture Boat Tours provide an unforgettable way to experience and learn about the history and architecture of the Windy City.

Settle back in your seat while you hear a narrative regarding Chicago’s storied past. Feel the flow of the water on a cruise that lets you enjoy the fabulous skyline while learning about the design and building of these rich architectural gems.

  • 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly the John Hancock Tower)
  • Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)
  • Marina City
  • Tribune Tower
  • Wrigley Building
  • NBC Tower

Gray Line offers a choice of several Chicago architecture tours with options to combine land and water excursions – all featuring architecture, history, attractions and neighborhoods.

Featured Chicago Architecture Tour:
Land & River Architecture Tour featuring INSIDE CHICAGO – Grand Tour
With this Grand Tour, you’ll enjoy the best that our city offers:

  • Chicago’s Lakefront Museum Campus
  • Breathtaking architecture
  • Historic neighborhoods

The scenic North Side and the historic South Side are combined in this tour that includes a 90-minute Chicago River cruise filled with stories and history. Some places we visit include:

  • Field Museum
  • Shedd Aquarium & Adler Planetarium
  • Guaranteed Rate Field (White Sox baseball)
  • Wrigley Field (Cubs baseball)

From the water, you’ll see such modern 21st century marvels as Trump Tower and Aqua, designed by Jeanne Gang. Prior to this recent architectural period, the 20th century featured buildings designed by architecture’s titanic figures such as Bertrand Goldberg, Fazlur Khan and Mies van der Rohe; buildings will be pointed out and history told as you gently cruise the waters of the Chicago River.

The land part of the tour has scheduled stops at Lincoln Park Conservatory and Museum Campus where you can stretch your legs and enjoy more about the city. As part of the history of the city, you will see the famous neighborhoods of:

  • Chinatown
  • Wrigleyville
  • Lincoln Park
  • Gold Coast
  • Hyde Park
  • Woodlawn
  • River North

Other tour options take you to the north side of Chicago, as well as the south side.  You’ll see skyscrapers, visit the museum campus, discover neighborhoods, and learn about the famed architects who helped build the foundation of the city.

Booking Your Tour
We make booking a Chicago river boat tour easy.  Browse our site to choose the tour that best suits your needs and interests, then book online and get ready to enjoy your tour and discover why Chicago is our favorite city.

If you need transportation to/from your tour or around town, our sister company, Aries Charter Transportation, provides a full fleet of options that can transport groups from 1 to 500+.  Visit or call 773-826-200 for a quote.

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