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Chicago's Original Architecture Tour® - 75 minutes


Departing from the Wendella Dock at Trump Tower, an expert tour guide in Chicago's architecture and history leads you through all three branches of the Chicago River. This 75-minute tour highlights Chicago’s rich architectural heritage, with dramatic views of residential and commercial buildings along the river. During this tour you will discover a wide range of architectural styles designed by notable architects Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. This tour is kid-friendly and suitable for everyone, especially those interested in the history of Chicago's architecture.

General Tour Information


Boarding for each tour will begin 15-30 minutes before the tour time. There is no reserved seating, as seating is first come first serve. All groups should arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour time. Each boat has restrooms and a full service bar with snacks, such as chips and candy (no meals or food are served), and a selection of beers, wines, cocktails and soft drinks. All vessel bars accept cash and all major credit cards. All tickets are non-refundable, however, in the event, you are unable to make your scheduled tour date or miss the boat, all tickets are transferrable to another time, date, or tour. Tours depart rain or shine. However, in cases of severe weather, if the Captain deems it unsafe and cancels the tour, all guests will be refunded. Information about wheelchair accessibility to our docks/vessels can be found on our ADA & Accessibility Page. At this time, we do not offer tours in any other languages except English. There is no storage area on our dock, but guests may bring their luggage aboard keeping in mind it may be subject to search.

Unfortunately we do not offer AAA discounts, but follow us on Twitter or Facebook for promo codes and discounts!

For more answers to your questions, please check out our FAQ page.

You can view more details about this tour on our event page.

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Tickets

75 Minutes
Adult: $35.50 | Senior (65 & up): $32
Child (3-11): $16.50 | Infant (2 & Under): Free

Have a group of 20 or more?
Group Rates

Proceeds from our June 28th and July 12th 11:30am Archtecture Tours will be donated to the Eric Trump Foundation.

  • Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferrable to other tours, times, or dates.
  • All tours are weather permitting and schedule may change daily.
  • Ticket sales close 5 minutes prior to departure.
  • Schedule subject to change without notice.
  • All tours subject to availability.

Reviews

"This was an unforgettable boat ride highlighting the many beautiful high rises along the Chicago River. It is a completely different view of the buildings we all view mostly from the car. A knowledgable tour guide gives history and other details of each building. Just a great afternoon cruising the river!!!"

TripAdvisor (September 2, 2014)

"This was excellent. Being a tourist, this was just a great way to see the city from a different angle as well as being super informative. We took the Architecture tour and it was great. Worth every penny."

Yelp (August 19, 2014)

"This tour was great because you have the opportunity to experience the joys of sight seeing in a different way. Floating between massive skyscrapers on a beautiful windy Chicago day... Nothing quite like it :) Prepare to capture spectacular views of some of the most beautiful buildings in the world."

TripAdvisor (August 31, 2014)

"The architecture tour is amazing. Highly recommended. If you only have one day- make this tour a priority! Loved it."

Yelp (September 19, 2014)

Chicago's Original Architecture Tour® Schedule

March 13 - April 30
11:15am
12:15pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
May 1 - May 22
10:45am
12:15pm
1:30pm
2:45pm
4:00pm
5:15pm
6:30pm
May 23 - Sept. 7
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
12:30pm
1:30pm
2:30pm
3:30pm
4:30pm
5:30pm
6:30pm
8:00pm
9:00pm
Sept. 8 - Oct. 15
(Mon - Thurs)
10:45am
12:15pm
1:30pm
2:45pm
4:00pm
5:15pm
6:30pm
8:00pm
Sept. 11 - Oct. 18
(Fri - Sun)
9:30am
10:30am
11:30am
12:30pm
1:30pm
2:30pm
3:30pm
4:30pm
5:30pm
6:30pm
8:00pm
Oct. 19 - Nov. 29
11:15am
12:15pm
3:00pm
4:00pm

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Parking & Directions

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ADA & Accessibility

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Questions

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