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Chicago: 75-Minute Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

Chicago: 75-Minute Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

From US$ 52.14 per person

See some of the most exceptional skyscrapers and architecture in America on a 75-minute speedboat cruise through Chicago. Cruise Lake Michigan and the Chicago River to get up-close to architectural gems such as Willis Tower and the Lyric Opera.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 75 minutes
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Cruise along the lakefront of Lake Michigan and down the Chicago River
  • Get up-close to famous architecture such as the Tribune Tower and Willis Tower
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Chicago skyline
  • Pass through the historic Chicago Locks
  • Sail under the famous bridges of the Chicago River
Full description
Climb aboard a speedboat for a thrilling 75-minute river and lake cruise of Chicago’s architectural gems. Depart from the former Navy training center of Navy Pier on the shores of Lake Michigan on the only tour to take you from the lakefront. Sail through the locks and along the Chicago River, all the way to the famous Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). Get up-close to Chicago’s most famous buildings and unique architecture, and enjoy amazing views and an entertaining narration as part of the exciting ride. Learn the fascinating history of buildings such as the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, the former Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) - the second tallest building in the USA - and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Cruise the lakefront of Lake Michigan to see monuments and attractions such as Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago Harbor, and the Chicago Museum Campus.
  • 75-minute architecture cruise
  • Narration
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The speedboat is an open-air vehicle and you may get wet
  • This tour runs weather permitting
  • All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • The speedboat is accessible for most wheelchairs; if you have an extra-large wheelchair, the marine crew will assist you in boarding the vehicle
  • Restrooms are available on the speedboat
  • Please double check all COVID-19 regulations and requirements ahead of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 309 reviews

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The tour was amazing. Tour guide Andy, Captain Swag, and First Mate Tom all performed admirably with humor and ease, and gave us an informative and thrilling tour, and even in the rainy cold, we were comfortable and entertained for the whole 75+ minutes! Can’t wait to ride again when family comes to visit!

May 18, 2021

Highly recommend!

I took the tour of a day that happened to be really foggy. According to the tour guide, Andy, it was very unusual. I was in Chicago for a few days whole my husband went to a tech conference there. Several people recommended I take an architectural boat tour. I'm so glad I did and honestly, this company was a great choice. The speedboat helped keep me from getting sick (just a little during the river lock transitions). Our guide Andy was very knowledgeable and quite funny. I would've loved for it to be longer. Also, my husband was surprised when I told him I considered going again later in the day when the fog cleared!

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September 20, 2019

The boat left 15 minutes late and took more than 75 minutes. It was good and very informative. There is about 20 min of waiting time, ten minutes entering the Chicago river and ten minutes exiting the Chicago river. The speed boat potion is not really that fast. Overall, it was good.

August 20, 2019

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