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For an unforgettable perspective of one of America’s architectural marvels, embark on a journey with Chicago Line Cruises’ Architectural Tour. With commentary from knowledgeable docents, this captivating river cruise takes you through the heart of the Windy City, showcasing over 40 of its most iconic buildings along the Chicago River.

History

For over 25 years, Chicago Line Cruises has been offering insightful and entertaining tours. Borrowing knowledge from the Chicago Architecture Center, the Architectural Tour aims to educate passengers about the intriguing history and architectural feats that made Chicago the bustling metropolis it is today.

How to get there

Chicago Line Cruises’ docking location is easily accessible. Situated at the North Pier Docks at 465 N. McClurg Court in the River East neighborhood, it’s within walking distance of Navy Pier, downtown hotels, and other attractions. There’s also convenient access by public transit, particularly the CTA buses.

List of Attractions

From the modern NBC Tower and the majestic Wrigley Building to the historic Merchandise Mart and the iconic Willis Tower, the tour is an architectural spectacle. Don’t miss the dramatic River Bend view, and the eye-catching Wolf Point where three branches of the Chicago River unite.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Try to reserve your tour in advance, especially during peak tourism season and weekends.
  2. Dress in layers as it can be cooler on the water, even during summer.
  3. For best views, aim to get seats on the boat’s upper deck.
  4. Don’t forget your camera – there’ll be countless photo opportunities of Chicago’s skyline.
  5. Arrive at least 15-20 minutes before departure to get your preferred seat.
  6. Binoculars can enhance your viewing experience.

Chicago Line Cruises’ Architectural Tour offers an engaging immersion into Chicago’s architectural wizardry. It’s truly an inspirational journey for architecture enthusiasts and an entertaining and educational adventure for everyone else. With every turn of the river unveiling another piece of Chicago’s history, you’ll leave with a profoundly enlightening perspective of this beautiful city.

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