Architecture Exploration Cruises

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Architecture Exploration Cruises

NEW in 2014, because we listen to our customer recommendations – Shoreline’s acclaimed Architecture Tour is NOW 75 Minutes!

Select 2014 Spring and Summer tours NOW available for purchase online!

Shoreline’s acclaimed Architecture Tour takes you on all three branches of the historic Chicago River takes you past dozens of landmark buildings, including the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, Marina City and the Willis (Sears) Tower. Our docents will entertain you with the stories behind these and dozens of other Chicago landmarks.

  • Adults $31.75 to $35
  • Seniors $28.75 to $32
  • Children $17.75 to $21
  • Infant Free

These cruises depart from our docks at Gateway Park in the Chicago River, near the entrance of Navy Pier. Parking is available on Navy Pier.

Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time.

See Chicago’s skyline as never before as we take you past the Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, and Marina City, among others. Shoreline’s Architecture Cruises on the Chicago River are a popular option for older students. These one-hour tours are led by professional docents who explain how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 to become the home of the skyscraper and the birthplace of modern architecture. Cruises include more than 40 famed landmarks including works by Helmut Jahn and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Spring Tour Times

Architecture Exploration Cruises operate in the spring at 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. Vessel Capacity is 100 for 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. departures and 200 for 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Summer Tour Times

Waterfront Adventure Tours operate at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Vessel Capacity is between 150 and 250 people.

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 Group Trip Planning Information

Camp Group information sheet/Reservation form

Planning help

Please let us know how we may help you create an outstanding field trip for your Summer Campers or Preschoolers. Contact our Group Sales Department at 312-373-7258 or email

About Group Tours:

  • We need to receive your deposit to reserve your date and time.
  • A confirmation will be sent via fax or email.
  • Advance booking required (2-days minimum advance booking) and popular times for camps sell out fast!
  • Payments may be made by cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).
  • Final Payment and minimum guest count is due two weeks before the tour.

Phone: 312.373.7255

Fax: 312.321.0632

General Charters email:

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