Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour

Explore Chicago on board a 75-minute Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour! This picturesque cruise is led by a professional guide that gives the exciting details of the buildings that line the Chicago River, as well as their historical significance.

On board you’ll sail down all three branches of the Chicago River, on the main branch you’ll marvel at the works of Bertrand Goldberg and Jeanne Gang. On the north branch you’ll see a vast contrast in how architecture on the Chicago River has changed over time and you’ll have a great photo opportunity at Wolf Point. Then start sailing down the south branch where you’ll see Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower and dive into the dramatic story of how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871.

Home to iconic buildings by Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings Merrill, and Helmut Jahn, the urban Chicago landscape is a living record of twentieth century architectural movements. Don’t miss out on this Architecture River Tour, it’s the picture perfect cruise that’s fun for everyone!

Join AHVRP members for the Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour*
Sunday, September 30, 2018
4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

*This event is open to AHVRP Conference Attendees only.

Tickets are $75. Space is limited and tickets are on a first-come first-serve basis. This event will sell out so reserve your ticket today!

Guest tickets are $100*

*One ticket per conference attendee.


4:00 p.m. - Buses Load

5:30 p.m. - Board Boat

5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Tour

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Free time at Navy Pier                                 

8:00 p.m - Busses Load for Return to Hotel

9:00 p.m. - Arrive back at Hotel*


Is transportation provided to and from the boat?

Yes! Busses will begin boarding at 4:00 p.m. outside the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. For the return trip, busses load at Polk Bros Park on Navy Pier (see map) at 8:00 p.m. The last bus will load at 7:30 p.m. *Depending on traffic, buses should arrive at the Hotel around 9:00 p.m.

Do I need a ticket for this event?

Yes! You will need a ticket to board the bus and the boat!

Is there food and drink on board?

Drinks and small snack items are available for purchase on board. There is also a cash bar on board.

Is the boat accessible to people with disabilities?

Our boats can accommodate wheelchairs up to 30-inches wide. These wheelchairs must be able to navigate a ramp with a 2-inch step at one end. Our boats are both double-decker and single-level boats, and there is generally no protection from the sun, rain or wind. Restrooms on our double-decker boats are not accessible as they are located on the lower deck, which is accessible only via stairs.