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Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

Chicago, United States
  • 1 hour 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover Chicago's world-renowned architecture during this sightseeing cruise. Board a comfortable riverboat for a cruise on the Chicago River, viewing landmarks like the Willis Tower and the Tribune Tower while listening to engaging commentary from your guide. Then board a speedboat for an exciting ride up the shore of Lake Michigan for views of Grant Park, the Chicago Harbor, and the Museum Campus.
  • Explore the city through the historic Chicago locks and up the Chicago River
  • Enjoy up-close views of all the famous bridges of the Chicago River
  • Hear fascinating stories about the city’s most famous buildings including the Tribune Building and Willis Tower
  • Experience a thrilling speedboat ride along Lake Michigan

What's Included

  • 75 minute Architectural tour and speedboat ride on Lake Michigan
  • Passage through the historic Chicago River locks and up the Chicago River to Willis Tower
  • Unobstructed views of the beautiful Chicago architecture
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 600 E Grand Ave
    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

    Seadog cruise departs from the south side of the Navy Pier

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Make your way to Navy Pier to meet your guide and tour group. Board the riverboat for the first portion of the tour, a relaxing cruise up the Chicago River.

Pass the Tribune Tower and the Willis Tower, among dozens of other landmark buildings. Learn about Chicago's architectural history, including its pioneering role in the popularity of skyscrapers from your guide. Hear how the flow of the Chicago River was reversed, a feat of modern engineering. Ride through the historic locks that separate the Chicago River from Lake Michigan.

After the leisurely river cruise, board a speedboat for a high-speed ride along the shores of Lake Michigan with views of the spectacular Chicago city skyline. Pass the Museum Campus, home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum. Zip along the edge of Grant Park, which features the impressive Buckingham Fountain and then admire views of the Chicago Harbor.

Return to your starting point at Navy Pier after your tour.

City Cruises Chicago Navy Pier

Seadog Cruises offers the most fun and exciting ways to see the city

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Tribune Tower

Views of world famous architecture

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Coast Guard regulations require a photo ID for each guest to board
  • All cruises are weather permitting
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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If the weather is cool, be sure to have a heavier jacket, hat, and gloves.
Reviews
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Awesome tour
Stephanie_G, Oct 2019
went on the cruise our first day in chicago, our tour guide was Andy who was informative and hilarious! shared a lot of interesting facts without going overboard, speedboat ride was awesome!
Cool cruise
thomaspC4119FM, Aug 2019
Cool cruising with fun and entertainment thrown in. Great boat and great crew and very informative!!
Very well conducted tour. Takes you...
Balasubramanya N, Oct 2018
Very well conducted tour. Takes you round the important landmarks of the city.The tour guide , Steven, was a bright young fellow , well informed with facts and figures and made the tour very interesting. The last part of the tour was extremely exciting! They take you onto Lake Michigan and drive at high speed which almost gives one the feeling of travelling on a speed boat!!
Fun time
Marilyn_L, Sep 2018
The cruise on the river and speedboat ride on the lake are great fun. If the weather is cool, be sure to have a heavier jacket, hat, and gloves.
Great and fun time!
Jennifer R, Aug 2018
This tour was great! I was highly recommend it. Kale, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable about Chicago and made the ride fun! Kevin was a great crew member answering questions and making sure everyone was good! And Captain Choppers navigated the river with ease and showed us all a good time on the speed portion out in the lake. Overall, a great tour!!
What fun!
MADHURA_M, Jul 2018
Our trip and speedboat experience was wonderful! The crew were cool, and the guide had a great sense of humor and kept us entertained besides sharing details about the architecture and Chicago's history.
Worth the time and money
billbB8849ME, Jul 2018
Ride was nice. Crew was friendly. Sites were great. Guide/host was weak. Spoke too fast and wasn’t prepared. Tough to follow her sometimes.
Amazing tour! Had a good time...
Anitha_P, Jul 2018
Amazing tour! Had a good time cruising in Chicago River. The Guide was awesome. Highly recommended!
Birthday Fun
Judith_M, Jul 2018
Our boat ride was a blast! We did the boat ride in the evening before my birthday dinner, and it was a hit, the weather was perfect!!!!!
Excellent experience on the river and the lake
JeanClaude_N, Jul 2018
Great way to enjoy Chicago. Even though I have been in Chicago many, many times I still learned a lot as I was taking one of my granddaughters for a day trip. Could easily switch to an earlier cruise and found everyone to be most helpful. Good memories to take away.
Tequila
Michelle J, Jun 2018
Such a fun guide and worthwhile tour!!! I will be recommending it to all my friends. Fun speeding our way into Lake Michigan and entertaining stories of area history.
Great tour...cold, overcast, and...
jeannewcomer, Oct 2017
Great tour...cold, overcast, and windy day but that didn't stop us! Andy, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and entertaining!
Had a Great time on this tour...
Charlotte C, Oct 2017
Had a Great time on this tour!!! Our tour guide made for a very enjoyable time. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago.
It was great! A trip highlight...
Jill S, Sep 2017
It was great! A trip highlight, with a fun speed ride on the lake, great tour of Chicago architecture and super team.
This was a great trip on the river...
Sharon C, Sep 2017
This was a great trip on the river, especially cool at night time! Our tour guide was awesome!!
Sarah was an amazing guide. She was...
Robert B, Sep 2017
Sarah was an amazing guide. She was fun and very knowledgeable. The boat was great.
Had a really good time and good...
Christy W, Sep 2017
Had a really good time and good overview of the major sites along the Chicago River. Professional staff handled a transfer to another boat due to malfunctioning speaker system with a minimum of delay. Good tour.
Great way to have a fantastic view of...
Jo P, Sep 2017
Great way to have a fantastic view of Chicago's world-famous buildings!
It was an OK experience. Not worth it...
Razmig S, Aug 2017
It was an OK experience. Not worth it for the cost of it.
Great tour! Kale and the rest of the...
deedeebnkr, Aug 2017
Great tour! Kale and the rest of the crew were alot of fun and very informative...smooth ride!
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