Chicago sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes, which stretches from western Michigan, 118 miles across, to the shores of Illinois and Wisconsin in the west and Indiana in the south.  The lake borders the city of Chicago, and within the city limits there are 26 miles of shoreline, 15 beachfront areas and several marinas housing thousands of boats. In fact, Chicago operates the nation’s largest municipal harbor system, making it easy to get out on the water by boat. There’s even an 18-mile park, the Chicago Lakefront Bike Path where locals and visitors walk, bike and run along the shoreline.

In warmer months, it’s possible to kayak or canoe on Lake Michigan, with boat rentals available right downtown. More passive passengers can opt for a sail or a ride on a traditional schooner, or go for the luxury experience with a lunch, brunch, dinner or sunset cruise on an elegant multilevel ship with indoor and outdoor space and seating for up to 600 people. These cruises often include dancing, entertainment and drinks.

Back along the Lake Michigan shoreline, there’s a beach for every taste. On the north side, Montrose Beach is laid-back and dog friendly, while in Lincoln Park, North Avenue beach is the place to be seen and hang out with friends. There’s even a beach right downtown at Oak Street, which is the perfect spot to watch the Air and Water Show that takes place on and over the lake each August.  

Tours & Tickets

See all

Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

A one hour cruise departing just before dusk daily, except Tuesdays. It’s the best seat on the Straits for the sunset over Lake Michigan. Breathtaking views of ...  Read more

Location: Mackinaw City, Michigan
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.00

Chicago Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 152 Reviews

Hop on the most innovative tour to hit Chicago in years! Gliding around the Windy City on your very own Segway, you'll see all the famous sights - Buckingham ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 or 3 hours

From USD $64.99

Best Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 93 Reviews

Chicago is renowned for its stunning and original architecture, and the most relaxing way to see it is on a cruise on the Chicago River! You'll learn all ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 75-minutes

From USD $37.06

Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Celebrate a night out in Chicago with dinner, dancing and sightseeing aboard a three-hour luxury cruise on Lake Michigan. Glimpse top Chicago attractions like ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.49

Chicago Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Expect the exceptional on this 3-hour premier Chicago dinner cruise experience. Newly renovated, this luxury vessel features a newly furnished rooftop ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.99

Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Admire all of Chicago's fabulous lakefront sights and attractions on this 40-minute Lake Michigan boat tour. Cruise along Lake Michigan and take in amazing ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.53

Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Feel the need for speed? This exhilarating speedboat ride takes you out onto Lake Michigan for the ride of a lifetime. Experience the roar of the ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.46

Navy Pier Fireworks Chicago Kayak Tour

During the summer, take a kayak out on Lake Michigan at twilight for Chicago’s spectacular fireworks display. You'll paddle out to Navy Pier in a single or ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00

Chicago Lakefront and Museum Campus Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Looking for fun things to do in Chicago? Look no further! Explore Chicago with one of our professional guides on this scenic 7 mile Chicago Segway tour. We ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.67

Chicago Electric Bike Tour: Lakefront Trail, Northerly Island and Prairie Avenue

See the sights of Chicago on an innovative electric bike tour with an expert guide. Ride through Museum Park, Burnham Park and the Prairie Avenue District in ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message