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Chicago River and Lake Michigan Cruises

By Viator, August 2014

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When visiting Chicago, one of the best ways to explore the city is by boat on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Seeing the city by cruise allows you to enjoy a unique vantage point and many cruises often focus in on an interesting topic for a more specialized look at the Windy City.

A Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat is one example of a themed cruise. Along the Chicago River reside a number of inspiring skyscrapers, iconic attractions and notable buildings constructed in a variety of architectural styles. Some of the buildings you’ll see and learn about along the way include the Sears Tower, the Tribune Tower, John Hancock Center, IBM Building and Wrigley Building, to name a few. After the leisurely boat ride you’ll get your adrenaline pumping with an optional fast-paced speedboat journey down Lake Michigan.

Another option for those interested in exploring the city via the Chicago River is a Chicago City Tour and Chicago River Cruise. This gives you the ability to explore the destination on both land and sea, as you begin the tour in a coach bus and end on boat. Begin your day in the city’s South Side seeing attractions like Grant Park, the Shedd Aquarium, the Loop, Jackson Park, and Soldier Field, as well as some of Chicago’s most lively neighborhoods. From there, a Chicago River cruise allows you to take in the city skyline in a relaxing manner.

To see the sights via Lake Michigan, a Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise awards the opportunity to sip cocktails while taking in attractions like the Trump Tower, Sears Tower, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, John Hancock Center and more. Make sure to bring your camera to snap photos of the beautiful Chicago cityscape.

And don’t forget about the numerous lunch, brunch and dinner cruises available on Lake Michigan, which provides a scenic and delicious way to explore the Windy City while enjoying live entertainment.

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