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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Live commentary on board
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

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.

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When you visit Chicago this tour is a must do!
I like that the boat is smaller than some of their competitors; easier to see everything.
179 reviews
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John_K, Sep 2022
Educational and fun. Tess was great 😊 the skyline was beautiful. The information was fun and made me appreciate Chicago more.
Great tour for family!
Edwin_R, Sep 2022
Our tour guide was awesome and the boat ride was great. It was nice seeing all of the architecture while enjoying the ride.
Mark rocks!
Julie_G, Sep 2022
Our narrator Mark was the best! He was so informational and spoke very well, with plenty of humor and stories along the way. So good at his job!! Thank you for a lovely tour and history of the lake and city.
100/10 will go again
DaSom_K, Sep 2022
Sarah was our speaker today and she not only taught us about each building as we passed by, but also of the water and air usage through the city. She was super informative and made the voyage very fun during the trip. The boat went pretty far out and I even got a panorama of the entire city scape. Fair warning, our trip was at 9 in the morning so do bring sun block and a sturdy hat, you get both shine and wind. Thank you to Sarah the the crew for being our river guide! Love from Philly!♡
Bring Sunscreen
Tamra_B, Sep 2022
He said it 5 times and he meant it, wear Sunscreen. I enjoyed this boat tour more than the van tour I took here. He was very informative. There was humor and a view, you even meet a doggo. High recommend.
Our first time in...
Ben_B, Sep 2022
Our first time in Chicago. Beautiful ride and busy place. My husband and I wanted to explore the city of Chicago. We started with boat ride. It was amazing!! Definitely will come back.
Madison_K, Sep 2022
Highly recommend this boat tour! Our guide was terrific and funny. Best sights you’ll see in Chicago!
I messaged them asking...
Ashley_C, Sep 2022
I messaged them asking about parking no response Finally found it after going to a few places the directions were vague and hard to find we missed the boat and when we talked to them they said they were all booked up for the day and didn’t offer the next day or refund diffently wont plan again
Wasting time idling at the gate and back
N_T, Sep 2022
The guide is very knowledgeable about the history of chicago but the whole river and lake cruise is a rip off. Instead of 1 hr 30 minutes, it was down to 1 hr and the river cruise was just down the street up to Wells st(like I said it was a ripoff).
A Must- Do Tour
Leslie_P, Aug 2022
I loved the tour guide Sarah. She was very knowledgeable about the architecture and history. She kept everyone entertained.
The best view of the city, great crew and knowledgeable. ❤️
Alexander_P, Aug 2022
How well prepared the guide girl was, also sweet and kind crew, they made everyone to say happy anniversary to us❤️
Julie_F, Aug 2022
The whole excursion what great from start to finish! It was my favorite thing we did. Well worth the price. Learned so much about the City of Chicago!
Your money's worth!!! Amazing Sites!
Janene_A, Aug 2022
I so enjoyed this cruise! It was well worth the money spent and the cruise tour guide Sarah was amazing!!! Very family friendly, good music from Marvin Gaye to the Beetles. A definite great experience and would do it again.
Air show practice and...
Louise_P, Aug 2022
Air show practice and tour guide was great! Mark hey played top gun soundtrack during the tricks and it was awesome!
Truly Amazing. A must do in Chicago
JENNIFER_N, Aug 2022
Truly amazing. Heath was an amazing tour guide. Very informative about the history of Chicago and the buildings. Beautiful views. Highly recommended
The tour was Very...
Karlene_G, Aug 2022
The tour was Very enjoyable!!! But it was Very difficult to find the place. We missed our ride cause we drove around and walked for 45 min and got there just as the boat left
This was a great...
Ashley_T, Aug 2022
This was a great experience! We would recommend!!!! The boat was nice and the bar was great too. 👍 😀
Very enjoyable family tour!
Mary_W, Aug 2022
Heath was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable about the city. He was funny and made sure everyone stayed safe. We enjoyed the tour and learned about our home city!
This cruise is a must see!
Trisha_V, Aug 2022
I recommend this cruise. The views of the skyline were beautiful. My kids loved the ride on the water.
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It was amazing that our...
Sunita_J, Aug 2022
It was amazing that our tour guide was a volunteer who took the time to study the history and architecture of this beautiful city! Also grateful for the manager. We missed our initial boat ride because we were running late but he let us take the next available boat ride for free despite it being a more expensive one. Very accommodating and welcoming!


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