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Winding its way through the heart of the Windy City, the Chicago River flows past some of the city’s most notable architecture, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), Wrigley Building, and Navy Pier. The river also offers opportunities for exploration, such as river cruises, kayaking, and canoeing, along a revamped riverfront.

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.33
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$40.33

Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

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Step aboard a boat for a comprehensive cruise that details the history of Chicago's architecture. Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline accompanied by architecture-focused commentary that points out each of the landmark buildings. As you cruise through Lake Michigan, snap photos of you and your party against the stretch of Chicago's 26-mile shoreline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

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Get a front row perspective on the exquisite buildings that line the Chicago River during a 45-minute architecture cruise. Hear live commentary about the history and architectural heritage of Chicago on this family-friendly tour, which highlights landmarks such as the Chicago Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower. Sit on the open-air top deck or the sheltered bottom deck for the ultimate view of Chicago.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.00
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$23.00

Chicago Sunset Cruise

Chicago Sunset Cruise

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Drink in a one-of-a-kind perspective on the Windy City when you go for an evening cruise, perfectly timed to coincide with the sunset. Hop aboard your open-top vessel in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, and cruise along the Chicago River, where your guide will point out architectural highlights. Then, see the skyline from a distance, and watch the skyscrapers light up, when you continue to Lake Michigan for a sunset viewing.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk

45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk

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Enjoy unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline—and glimpse many of the city’s top landmarks—on this architectural boat tour. Pick from multiple convenient departure times, and hop aboard the open-air vessel right off the Chicago Riverwalk. As you trawl the Chicago River, spy skyscrapers and historical marvels from the Willis Tower to the Wrigley Building, and learn all about the Windy City’s world-famous architecture from your guide’s narration.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

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Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago

Gangsters and Ghosts Tour in Chicago

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Experience a colorful side of Chicago history with this Gangsters and Ghosts Tour. With a historian as your guide, you’ll step back to the roaring 20’s, when the Chicago Loop was a hub for bootleggers, speakeasies, and gangsters like the infamous Al Capone. Visit onetime gangster hangouts and haunted sites like the Palmer House, Congress Hotel, and Death Alley.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour

Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour

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Explore Chicago's gangster past on this mafia tour in a coach vehicle. Drive around the Windy City to see where Al Capone, The Untouchables, Hymie Weiss, and John Dillinger, among other thugs hung out. A history-savvy guide introduces you to some of the most storied locations of Chicago’s criminal past, including Holy Name Cathedral, Biography Theatre, and the site of the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. You'll be able to get out and pose for pictures in front of a historic courthouse, among other infamous sites.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.00

30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

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Zoom along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, zipping past famous landmarks as you go, during this exhilarating speedboat ride in Chicago. Climb aboard your 2,000-horsepower speed boat at Navy Pier, then hang on for the ride of a lifetime, as you zip past famous attractions like the Willis Tower, Grant Park, and Buckingham Fountain, pausing to learn a little about the history and architecture of the Windy City along the way.
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  • 30 minutes
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$34.75
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$34.75

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while audio commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.10
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.95
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$39.95

Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour

Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour

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An excellent choice for first-time visitors, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city and hits on both classic attractions and little-known sites. Beginning at the Chicago Theatre, work your way to the Chicago Pedway, an elaborate network of underground tunnels used by locals and commuters. Stroll the Chicago Riverwalk and the Magnificent Mile, then embark on a food tour to taste some of the city’s famous foods.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.00
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Chicago Insider Segway Tour

Chicago Insider Segway Tour

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Enjoy an introduction to Chicago’s highlights and history—on wheels. This small-group Segway tour offers a new, and zippy, way to explore. Meet your guide near Millennium Park, and begin with a personalized training session. Once you’re comfortable on your Segway, explore Millennium Park, roll along the Lakefront, and more. As you go, learn little-known Chicago stories and tidbits, from mafia history to the innovations that changed the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.58
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Chicago City Minibus Tour

Chicago City Minibus Tour

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Get to know the Windy City the easy and comfortable way on a small-group minibus tour. Instead of long walks and navigating public transit, see major landmarks like Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, the Magnificent Mile, and Millennium Park from an uncrowded minibus with large picture windows. Your driver and guide knows where to find all the best views, and there are plenty of photo stops along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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Best of Chicago: History & Culture Tour with Chocolate and Popcorn

Best of Chicago: History & Culture Tour with Chocolate and Popcorn

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The Windy City is known for its spectacular architecture and eclectic food scene. Experience both on this tour through the downtown that combines sights with nibbles. Take in famous landmarks like the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Cloud Gate on foot along the Chicago River. Taste popcorn and chocolate from two beloved city eateries during the tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.50
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Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

Chicago Walking Tour: Modern Architecture

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Embark on a walking tour of Chicago's more-recent architecture heritage with a 2-hour stroll highlighting the city's modern, postmodern, and international structures. Especially known for its architectural originality, Chi-town boasts everything from the elegant metal and glass tower of One South Dearborn to the Harold Washington Library, with its Beaux-Arts inspired exterior. Your guide will highlight these and other unique buildings, relaying background on their individual histories and construction en route.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Chicago Highlights Driving Tour

Private Chicago Highlights Driving Tour

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Get an insider’s look at the Windy City’s most iconic monuments during this 3-hour private tour. Travel through Chicago aboard a private vehicle as you discover some of the city’s top neighborhoods, including the Loop, River North, the Magnificent Mile (along Michigan Avenue), Streeterville, the Gold Coast and much more. Your private driver-guide and vehicle, bottled water and round-trip hotel transport are all included.
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  • 3 hours
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$200.00
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Lonely Planet Experiences: River North Historical Food Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: River North Historical Food Tour

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Get to know the food offerings in River North on this small-group walking tour. As you explore, listen to in-depth commentary from your guide on the culinary history of Chicago and the culture of the River North neighborhood. With a small group of just 12 fellow food-lovers, you'll enjoy personalized attention and the chance to chat about your favorite tastings. Samples include the classic Italian beef, a Chicago-style hot dog, and the famous deep dish pizza.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Hour Chicago Holiday Lights Segway Tour

2-Hour Chicago Holiday Lights Segway Tour

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Soak up the Windy City’s festive holiday feel and explore local landmarks with ease on this Segway tour in Chicago. Hop onto your Segway and spin through Chicago’s Millennium Park to the Loop. With your guide, you'll watch skaters enjoying the ice rink, explore Michigan Avenue and admire festive department store displays. See the German Christmas market stalls at Daley Plaza, where locals sip hot chocolate and munch 'bratwurst,' and enjoy the atmosphere beneath the city’s Christmas tree. Get the personalized feel of a small-group experience.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
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$75.10
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Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago's Magnificent Mile

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Named for the cable car turnarounds and the prominent elevated railway that encircled the area at the end of the 19th century, the Loop is Chicago's commercial and cultural core. On today's epic scavenger hunt of Chicago, you'll uncover the area's best sights and rich history. Along the way, you'll visit Cloud Gate, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. It's time to strap on those walking shoes, round up some friends and book your Chicago Loop scavenger hunt today! What You'll See: Tiffany Dome, The Bean, Crown Fountain, Art Institute of Chicago
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  • 2 hours
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$13.08
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Private Chicago Scenic Driving Tour

Private Chicago Scenic Driving Tour

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Chicago is a big city with a lot of activities & sightseeing. To tour the city quickly, it requires the help of a knowledgeable local driving guide and that's where we step in to assist. Your Private Chicago Scenic Driving Tour will start by meeting our knowledgeable Guide/Driver who will pick you up at your hotel or other location provided and then proceed with the exploration of the beautiful windy city.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$268.00
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$268.00
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Vice, Crime and Gangsters in Chicago: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Vice, Crime and Gangsters in Chicago: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Are you looking for a way to see the wicked city without joining a tour group? Explore at your own pace with this affordable walking tour. • Find the city’s dark side with stories of opium trade, the city’s first vice, and a shanty town filled with criminals and prostitutes • Hear from producer Richard Junger, an urban historian who authored a book about the development of Chicago’s press • Do it all in 75 minutes or linger at stops along the way with complete control over when you start and finish • Get unlimited use before your booking date and after it • Use the virtual tour option at home Once you’ve booked, you’ll receive a ticket with instructions and a unique code listed under “Before You Go”. Then simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your code. The app displays directions to the starting point, and when you’re in the right place, just pop in your headphones and tap start. VoiceMap has automatic GPS playback, with turn-by-turn directions. It also works offline.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 55 minutes
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$5.99
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Debunking Architecture Myths & Urban Legends

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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: Debunking Architecture Myths & Urban Legends

If you’ve taken any tour in Chicago, you’ve likely heard some common urban myths masked in “truth” because the tour guide supposedly knows best. But most tours are basically regurgitated scripts that perpetuate these myths -- and then the guests who take those tours spread those myths to their local friends, and the myths become “truth”…but they’re not true. On this all-outdoors tour, we tell some of the most commonly told urban myths in a fun “Two Truths & a Lie” format, where you’ll be given the TRUTH behind each myth told on so many tours, and we’ll add a few more truths to that. Did Al Capone really operate a speakeasy in the Jewelers’ Building? Was the Carbide & Carbon Building modeled after a champagne bottle in order for the architects to thumb their noses at Prohibition? Is the Civic Opera Building meant to represent a “throne” facing away from New York? Come join us on a debunking mission through downtown Chicago and its riverfront, with gorgeous views along the way!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$6.60 savings
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What are Chicago River hours of operation?
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Chicago River hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Chicago River tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Chicago River can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Chicago River 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Chicago River costs USD 5.99. Guided Chicago River tours start around USD 5.99 per person.
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