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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

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Chicago, United States
Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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
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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.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline
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!" See review
  • "I like that the boat is smaller than some of their competitors; easier to see everything." See review

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star-5
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!
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
Perfect balance of lake and river!
Breck_M
, Jul 2022
EXCELLENT tour and guide! We selected this cruise option bc the size was smaller (100 people instead of 250) and bc we wanted to see Lake Michigan. Our tour guide was fantastic and so were the sights. We were amazed to learn that the Chicago River had literally been redirected. This cruise was great balance of lake time and river time with great info about the buildings we were seeing.
star-5
Excellent time and a great value
Grisette_R
, Jul 2022
Great information was provided by an extremely entertaining narrator. It was an excellent experience and we were excited to travel on both the river and the lake.
star-5
Great time
Rebecca_R
, Jul 2022
Had a great time on the excursion. Tess was very informative and engaging. Learnt a lot about the history and buildings of Chicago 😊
star-5
Awesome tour
Aysha_T
, Jul 2022
The tour guide was amazing!! I loved learning about Lake Michigan and the history. I would reccomend it 100%
star-4
Great experience
AnnieLivit_L
, Jul 2022
Thi experience of learning about the Chicago history, as well as listening about this city's stories was very entertaining. The guide was great, interesting to listen to, and very informative
star-5
Excellent tour!
Sarah_C
, Jul 2022
Heath was an excellent guide! Informative, humorous, and clearly spoke about the history and architecture.
star-5
Awesome experience!!!...
Nicole_K
, Jul 2022
Awesome experience!!! Tour guide and captain did a great job! Lots of great stories about the city and its buildings. Would definitely recommend.
star-5
Му friends came from...
Irina_K
, Jul 2022
Му friends came from overseas, never been to Chicago before. The tour was very informative and impressive for them!
star-5
100% worth the money. We...
Alisha_J
, Jul 2022
100% worth the money. We got to go down the river and into lake Michigan. It was almost a 2 hour tour! Mark was fantastic and knowledgeable. Drinks and views were perfect. Def will be going back!
star-4
Great!
Karen_C
, Jul 2022
Sarah was great. Architecture and history of buildings was interesting. I don’t want to say more. Thank you for a fun cruise.
star-4
Great trip, just make sure before you go you know where to get on!!
Pamela_B
, Jul 2022
It was a great cruise with a very cool and personable narrator!! The only problem we had was not knowing where to get in the boat!! We were across the River on the opposite side of where we were supposed to dock. Luckily, after like 3 phone calls someone did answer and get us to the right spot. But we very easily could have missed it!
star-5
Enjoyable
Melba_S
, Jul 2022
Very enjoyable and knowledgeable host. Great water tour!! Had a good time seeing the various buildings and getting their history.
star-5
Fun boat tour
Cindy_M
, Jun 2022
Sara was very energetic and knowledgeable about the architecture. I really learned a lot. I made new friends on the boat too!
star-5
The Tour guide was...
Richard_F
, Jun 2022
The Tour guide was awesome.. she new all hee stuff..and we could hear her clearly threw out the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Ross was a good tour guide
Steven_H
, Jun 2022
Locks. Skyline. Ross was entertaining and knowledgeable. It was a fun tour. Like the factors included a river tour and a lakefront tour.
star-5
Well worth it
John_S
, Jun 2022
Booked this trip online and it did not disappoint. Only a few on board but well worth the trip. Our commentator was very knowledgeable and we had a great time. Got some fab photos of Chicago
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A trip to remember
Wanderson_S
, Jun 2022
Pros: Great experience, beautiful scenery, pleasant trip. And most of all our host Heath was on point with the information he gave us along the ride. Never a boring moment. I would definitely do it again. Cons: the address given to me to get to the boat was to say the least inaccurate. I walked 4 blocks to find the right boat to board. And of course I missed it. Luckily we were able to get the next ride 2 hours later.

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