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Chicago Architectural Tours
Chicago is known around the world for its distinct city design and historical architecture. Conveniently accessible from Michigan Avenue's "Miracle Mile" shopping district by bus or free trolley, Navy Pier is home to a variety of architectural boat tours. Each Chicago Architectural Tour offers a specific package highlighting the city's interesting construction and structural landmarks. A Chicago Architecture Tour is one of the best ways for an out-of-town guest to experience Chicago culture and history. (click here to compare cruises)

Chicago Architecture Tours are also a great way for Chicago natives to see their city in a whole new light. The birthplace of the first steel-framed high-rise buildings, Chicago is known to this day for its skyscrapers. Sears Tower is the tallest building in the United States, and along with the John Hancock Center, gives the city the distinct honor of having two buildings with 100 or more floors. As you cruise down the Chicago River, the architecture and history surrounds you, providing a great opportunity for taking world class photographs. Some famous architects that have made their mark in Chicago, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe.

A narrated historical tour can provide interesting and surprising facts. Kids will enjoy their Chicago Architecture Tour so much they won't notice that they're learning. There is no shortage of sights or architecture to learn about and enjoy, and you can get a great view of it all aboard a Chicago Architectural Tour. Compare Chicago Architectural Tours below...
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Dock Location Navy Pier Navy Pier Navy Pier
Atmosphere Wide open views with the fun and excitement of 2,000 hp Wide open views with the fun and excitement of 2,000 hp Festive, high-energy cruise experience
Cruise Duration 75 minutes 30 minutes -
Cuisine None None Grand Lunch Buffet
Entertainment In-depth, professional narrated Architectural Tour including Chicago landmarks, architecture and history Narrated tour including fascinating and fun facts about Chicago landmarks, architecture and history Narrated skyline tour; Interactive Emcee
Decor Bright. Open. Fun. Bright. Open. Fun. Bright, happy hues with nautical accents, colorful lighting and crisp contemparary table settings.
Ship Open air vessels Open air vessels 3 enclosed, climate-controlled decks; 1 open air observation deck
View/Cruise Route Navy Pier - Chicago River Locks - Chicago River Architectural Cruise to Sears Tower - Speedboat Skyline Tour on the Lake - back to Navy Pier Navy Pier - Speedboat Skyline Tour north past Navy Pier for views of the Hancock Tower - then back south past Grant Park to Chicago's Museum Campus - race back north to Navy Pier. Your excursion covers the magnificent Chicago lakefront with spectacular views of the city's downtown
Ship Capacity Up to 142 passengers Up to 142 passengers Up to 570 passengers
Seating Individual Cushioned Seats Individual Cushioned Seats Cabaret-style Seating
Cruise Times Up to 10 times daily in season As often as 50 times daily in season Check your date to see the boarding and cruise times
Season April through October April through October Year Round
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