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Grand Tour of Chicago & River Cruise

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from US$ 92.96 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing excursion in Chicago!
  • Take a 90-minute architectural river cruise!
  • See Millennium Park, Wrigley Field, Fort Dearborn and much more!
  • Learn about the history of gravity-defying skyscrapers in Chicago!
  • Meet your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide!
  • Overview

    Conquer Chi-town on land and by boat on a Grand Tour of Chicago & River Cruise!

    Mosey on down the shores of Lake Michigan as we explore Chicago’s North Side. Your tour will start at the beautiful Palmer House Hilton. Follow your friendly, local guide as you check out Chicago’s highlighted landmarks. Walk up to the famous Bean in Millennium Park. See Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Then, on your return trip, you will also be taken by Lincoln Park Conservatory and Zoo. Your Chicago daytrip will be chock-full of architecture, history, and iconic landmarks!

    Next, heading towards Lake Michigan on South Lake Shore Drive, you will get to catch a glimpse of ex-president Obama’s house in Chicago’s South Side. You’ll also see the University of Chicago and Jackson Park. Then, check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, from whose design all modern housing designs have borrowed. On your return trip, you will also pass by Museum Campus and the gorgeous Buckingham Fountain.

    Finally, come aboard for a 90-minute, architectural river cruise! Your well-informed guide will enlighten you about the history of Chicago’s famous buildings in the very birthplace of the skyscraper. Learn how the architects of Chicago restored the city after the Great Chicago Fire. Get to know about great American architects such as John Wellborn Root, William LeBaron Jenney, and Louis Sullivan. You will also learn about the modern architects who have designed the Chicago we see today, like Jeanne Gang, Bertrand Goldberg, Mies van der Rohe, and many more! Considered by many to be the best Chicago daytrip, you should definitely include this on your list of things to do in Chicago!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    2018: Daily.

    2019: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


    Approximately 5.5 hours.

    Start time

    11:30 a.m.

    Meeting Point

    Inside of Feelings Gift Shop on the arcade level of the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603.

    Ending Point

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Grand Tour of Chicago & River Cruise
    • Comprehensive tour of Chicago
    • 90-minute river cruise
    • Professional guide and live commentary
  • Please note

    No need to print! If you are traveling with a smartphone or a tablet, you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.

    So there’s no last-minute rush, please arrive at the start point 20 minutes early.

    You must email us to request your cruise time at Be sure to provide your name as it is on your confirmation, number of passengers, and confirmation number. One of our members will reply to your email with confirmation of date and time.

    The cruise starts at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.