Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

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Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat information and booking

Departs from
Navy Pier
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
Please note: All cruises begin boarding 1/2 hour prior to the departure time. Tickets may be picked up at the dockside kiosk up to one hour prior to the cruise. In the rare event of a schedule change, you will be contacted with updated information.
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Tour description provided by Viator

Chicago is renowned for its stunning and original architecture, and the most relaxing way to see it is on a cruise on the Chicago River! You'll learn all about Chicago's history and landmarks before the tour's grand finale, a thrilling speedboat ride on Lake Michigan.

From the boat, you'll see and hear about the dozens of skyscrapers lining the Chicago River, including the Sears Tower and the Tribune Tower. From your entertaining guide, you'll learn when and why the flow of the Chicago River was reversed, how Chicago architects pioneered skyscraper construction and a variety of other tales and tidbits of Chicago's history.Then, for a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, you'll take a thrilling speedboat ride along the lake. From the water, you'll see Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, beautiful Chicago Harbor and Chicago's Museum Campus.Your best choice for experiencing Chicago, this tour combines a leisurely cruise with an exciting speedboat ride. It's the only tour that takes you from the lakefront, through the historic locks and along the river.

What's included

  • Sightseeing cruise
  • Passage through the historic chicago river locks and up the chicago river to sears tower
  • Architectural tour and speedboat ride on lake michigan
  • Gratuities
  • Local fees and taxes

What isn't included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off