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      $54.49
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      Only on the Explorer Pass

      This attraction is available on the Explorer Pass, but not the All-Inclusive Pass.

    What you'll do

    The Shoreline Architecture river cruise is one of the best things to do in Chicago.

    Take the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise in Chicago with Go City®

    • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
    • Enjoy a Shoreline Architecture River Cruise down three branches of the Chicago River.
    • Learn all about the landmarks and buildings from your guide.
    • Your pass also gives you access to many more attractions in Chicago.

    This Chicago cruise will take you through the history of the city, revealing hidden architectural gems and the city's renowned landmarks. 

    Enjoy the pleasure of shoreline sightseeing on this architecture river cruise. You'll sail down all three branches of the Chicago River, giving you an insight into how architecture and landmarks have changed over the years.

    Along the way, you'll learn all about the history of Chicago, from the Great Fire of 1871 to the thriving metropolis it is today. Marvel at the architectural works of Bertrand Goldberg, Jeanne Gang, and Mies van der Rohe, and make the most of the photo opportunities at Wolf Point.

    Shoreline Architecture River Cruise in Chicago highlights

    Main Branch – enjoy views of spectacular structures by Bertrand Goldberg and Jeanne Gang.
    North Branch – see how architecture on the river has changed over time and snap plenty of photos at Wolf Point.
    South Branch – learn the dramatic story of how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871, and see the city's iconic Willis Tower.

    Experience Shoreline Architecture River Cruise and many other attractions with the Explorer Pass.

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    Know before you go

    Pass redemption is limited to one cruise per day: the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise, or the Skyline Lake Tour.

    Getting in: upon arrival at the Michigan Avenue or Navy Pier ticket booths, please provide your pass. You will be given a spot on the next available cruise. Please note that your timed departure ticket cannot be modified once issued.

    The Michigan Avenue location:
    401 N. Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Navy Pier location:
    Polk Bros Park
    124 N. Streeter Drive
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Please note: all cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on coast guard capacity. Tour lasts 75 minutes.(Tours run 60 mins in winter months. Please check the website for tour details) Does not include Fireworks Cruises. On Peak Days, we recommend departing from the Michigan Avenue location for shorter wait times and greater availability. 

    For onboard safety information, please visit Shoreline's website.

    FAQs

    Q. What is the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise?
    A. The Shoreline Architecture River Cruise is a boat tour that explores the beautiful architecture along the Chicago River.

    Q. How long is the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise?
    A. The Shoreline Architecture River Cruise lasts for approximately 75 minutes. (Tours run 60 mins in winter months. Please check the website for tour details)

    Q. What kind of architecture will I see on the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise?
    A. The Shoreline Architecture River Cruise showcases a variety of architectural styles, including Art Deco, Modernism, and Postmodernism.

    Q. Will there be a tour guide on the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise?
    A. Yes, there will be a knowledgeable tour guide on board the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise to provide insightful commentary on the architecture and history of Chicago.

    Q. Is the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise wheelchair accessible?
    A. Yes, the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise is fully wheelchair accessible.

    Q. What should I bring with me on the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise?
    A. It's recommended that you bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera to capture the stunning views along the Chicago River.

    Where you'll be

    Michigan Avenue/Riverwalk (enter Riverwalk at the 401 N Michigan Avenue Plaza, steps below the Apple store), Chicago, US

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    Operating hours

    We recommend visiting the Shoreline Architectural River Cruise Schedule website for the most up-to-date information on hours of operation.


     

    Closings & holidays

    In the case of good weather in the colder months, the cruise will still run. Please visit the Shoreline Architectural River Cruise schedule  for departure times.

    Shoreline Architecture River Cruise

    (312) 222-9328

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