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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

See the the Second City from the water with a sightseeing cruise along the Chicago River and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Take in towering skyscrapers and spot the gargoyles that live on to of the city’s historic buildings. Hear stories about the city’s history and culture as you pass Chicago landmarks, museums and iconic buildings. Capture unforgettable images of the city skyline from Lake Michigan, and get a unique look at Chicago that’s perfect for all ages.
  • Family friendly
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Excellent value for money
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
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Live commentary on board
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Food and drinks
112 E Wacker Dr , 112 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

112 E Wacker Dr. (Michigan Ave. & Wacker Drive) South East Corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge. Look for the blue awning.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Discounted parking available at 111 E. Wacker Drive. Please visit the dockside box office for parking ticket validation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 115 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "When you visit Chicago this tour is a must do!" See review
  • "I like that the boat is smaller than some of their competitors; easier to see everything." See review

Reviews

4.5
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131 Reviews

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star-5
Fun boat tour
Cindy_M
, Jun 2022
Sara was very energetic and knowledgeable about the architecture. I really learned a lot. I made new friends on the boat too!
star-5
The Tour guide was...
Richard_F
, Jun 2022
The Tour guide was awesome.. she new all hee stuff..and we could hear her clearly threw out the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Ross was a good tour guide
Steven_H
, Jun 2022
Locks. Skyline. Ross was entertaining and knowledgeable. It was a fun tour. Like the factors included a river tour and a lakefront tour.
star-5
Well worth it
John_S
, Jun 2022
Booked this trip online and it did not disappoint. Only a few on board but well worth the trip. Our commentator was very knowledgeable and we had a great time. Got some fab photos of Chicago
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A trip to remember
Wanderson_S
, Jun 2022
Pros: Great experience, beautiful scenery, pleasant trip. And most of all our host Heath was on point with the information he gave us along the ride. Never a boring moment. I would definitely do it again. Cons: the address given to me to get to the boat was to say the least inaccurate. I walked 4 blocks to find the right boat to board. And of course I missed it. Luckily we were able to get the next ride 2 hours later.
star-5
Incredible tour! Highly recommend! Tour guide Mark was exceptional!
Kathleen_M
, May 2022
I would highly recommend this combined river and lake tour. It was worth every penny! Our tour guide Mark was exceptional! Nice bar and bathrooms.
star-5
Great Chicago Experience
June_C
, Oct 2021
This trip was our favorite experience while in Chicago. We are a family if 6 and it was enjoyable for all ages 8 through 50. Sarah the tour guide was amazing, loved her! We would do this again
star-5
Loved it
Karleen_M
, Oct 2021
Loved watching the city at night and the tour guide Andrew excellent provided history to the trip , 100% recommended.
star-5
Be sure to take this cruise!
Cassie_N
, Sep 2021
We went to Chicago for a quick trip since we had never been. We were on the 1:00 trip. Our guide was EXCELLENT! He was funny and very informative. He even had the kids paying attention. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
It was beautiful
Manette_D
, Sep 2021
It was just great , that was my first experience and I just love it. Getting to see trump hotel and other more hotels use by celebrities
star-5
Perfection on the water
Nancy_B
, Sep 2021
This was a great experience. The crew was so nice and helpful. Andrew was our tour guide and he was funny and knowledgeable. Learned a lot on our tour. And the scenery was breathtaking. Definitely recommend checking it out!
star-5
Great way to see the city!
TJ_B
, Sep 2021
This was a great addition to our Chicago weekend. Beautiful views of the city and Sara, our guide was a wealth of knowledge about history, fun facts, and tourist attractions.
star-5
Perfect
Kari_H
, Sep 2021
Beautiful ride learning about history of Chicago. So much fun! Very cool to be on Lake Michigan. Something I never thought would happen in my lifetime.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Definitely a must to do!
Chrystal_M
, Sep 2021
Being out on lake Michigan, seeing the beautiful skyline, the tour guide Sarah was fun and informative!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Delightful adventure.
Tahni_G
, Aug 2021
Loved seeing the anchor from the USS Chicago. Being on the lake was wonderful. Got a lesson on lock etiquette watching a recreational boat get themselves in trouble with the marine police fir not following directions!
star-5
It was a wonderful experience
JoAnn_F
, Aug 2021
Learning the history of Chicago and the amazing view of the city and Navy Pier and getting splashed on the boat
star-5
Great cruise!!!
Kristi_M
, Aug 2021
We had an absolutely wonderful time on this cruise. Highly recommend it!!! We learn so many interesting facts about Chicago!
star-5
Best water tour !
Catherine_H
, Aug 2021
This is a great tour bc you get River AND Lake. The tour guide gave many interesting facts about the beautiful skyline and knew a lot of history about each building. Drinks and food available for purchase. A must do on a pretty weather day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Right choice!
Adrienne_B
, Aug 2021
Great tour with the best of both worlds river and lake! Trip was perfect amount of time with snacks and beverages for purchase. Our guide Andrew was great and witty!
star-5
Memorable Journey!
cheryl_m
, Jul 2021
Wonderful time - Hadley is so knowledgeable and has a terrific sense of humor! Thanks for such a memorable journey!

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