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Lake Michigan Tours

Lake Michigan is one of the United States’ five Great Lakes, together with Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie. The lake stretches north-south and borders the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and, as its name suggests, Michigan. Chicago is the biggest city on Lake Michigan, which is the largest lake in the world that sits within one country. In fact, the lake is so vast that its waves are surfable—even in icy winters.

The Basics
The city of Chicago boasts 26 miles (41.8 kilometers) of Lake Michigan shoreline, 15 beachfront areas, and several marinas housing thousands of boats. Activities along the lengthy Lake Michigan shoreline include something for everyone, from kayaking, canoeing, or sailing to sightseeing cruises, biking along the lakefront path, and relaxing on one of the many beaches. Travelers to Chicago can see the lake on waterfront Segway tours, sunset dinner cruises, and speedboat rides.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Two major beaches easily accessible from downtown Chicago are North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach.
  • Sightseeing cruises and kayak and canoe rentals on Lake Michigan are generally available only from May to October.
  • The lakefront path in Chicago is shared by pedestrians and bicyclists. Pay attention to your surroundings and always stay to the right.

How to Get There
Chicago sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, so the lakeshore is easily accessible by public transportation, walking, or biking. You can also take a day trip from Chicago to see Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is just a train ride away.

When to Get There
Lake Michigan is best visited in the summer months. Beaches are open all along the lakeshore, sightseeing cruises run along the lake and the Chicago River, and it’s a pleasure to get out onto—and into—the water.

Lake Michigan Beyond Chicago
If you’re looking to experience the Great Lakes from a different perspective, head to Mackinac Island. Half a day’s drive from Chicago, Mackinac is located between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron. Go for a hike or bicycle ride around the island, play a round of golf, or take a sunset cruise from Mackinaw City that takes you between the strait that separates the peninsulas and under the Mackinac Bridge. Other great vantage points from which to experience Lake Michigan are Green Bay, Wisconsin, Traverse City, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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Chicago Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 208 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: Flexible

From USD $70.85
Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise, Chicago, Segway Tours
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Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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Expect the exceptional on this 2.5-3 hour premier Chicago dinner cruise experience. Newly renovated, this luxury vessel features a newly furnished rooftop ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

From USD $88.26
Spirit of Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet, Chicago, Dinner Cruises
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Spirit of Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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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 $108.66
Chicago Lakefront and Museum Campus Segway Tour, Chicago, Dinner Cruises
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Chicago Lakefront and Museum Campus Segway Tour

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Looking for fun things to do in Chicago? Look no further - Explore Chicago with one of our professional guides on this scenic 7 or 8 mile Chicago Segway tour. ...  Read more

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

From USD $68.67
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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 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 $25.76
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Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

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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 $32.14
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Chicago Fireworks Segway Tour

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Turn an ordinary summer Wednesday night into one to remember on this Chicago Segway tour ending with the Navy Pier fireworks display. Experience the thrill of ...  Read more

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

From USD $76.30
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Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

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 $48.24
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Mackinaw City Sunset Cruise

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

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