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Chicago River Cruises Will Take You On A Water Journey

Chicago River Cruises offer a variety of Chicago sightseeing and scenic views on the river that intertwines within the city.

So are you ready to enjoy the ride?

Taking one of these excursions is a unique and relaxing way to see the city without having to drive around.It’s a fun way to spend time with your family, friends or significant other.

Here’s a list of some of the Boat Tour companies for your convenience.

I am not affiliated or get paid by these companies so I don’t have a preference for one over another.

Some River Boat Facts:

    • The Chicago’s First Lady has four boats that provide Chicago Boat Tours on the River.
    • They have 90 minute architectural cruises that can accommodate groups from two to 225 passengers.
  • This boat hosts special events such as wedding ceremonies, receptions, birthday party cruises, and chartered boat tours.

If you are interested in a tour with the Chicago’s First Lady call (847)358-1330. Chicago River Ferry (© PicWorks).The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady also.

  • Their cruises give an overview of historic and modern architectural styles of Chicago.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation: Phone:(312)322-1131

The Urban Adventure Tour

    • Is a 90 Minute River and Lake Cruise.
    • This Cruise will bring you through 82 of Chicago’s architectural structures and bridges.
    • This tour departs daily from starting in May to October.
    • There are no reservations necessary.
  • Tickets go on sale at the Mercury Box Office the day of cruise.

If you are interested in the Urban Adventure Tour Call (312) 332-1353 for information or (312) 332-1368 for group sales.

Chicago River (© bsinderson).

The Chicago By Night Tour:

    • Offers a 90 Minute tour on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
    • These Cruises and Boat Tours includes a view of the Buckingham Fountain light display, and you can see the sun set.
    • Runs from the end of May to September.
    • There are no reservations necessary.
  • Tickets go on sale at the Mercury Box Office the day of cruise.

If you are interested in the Chicago By Night Tour call (312) 332-1353 for group sales call (312) 332-1368.

There’s also the Chicago Line Cruise.

    • Cruises are 90 minutes long.
    • The Historical Cruises sail on Lake Michigan and the Architectural Cruises are on the Chicago River.
    • The handicap accessible ships on the Chicago Line Cruises are The Ft. Dearborn, The Innisfree and The Marquette.
    • These Chicago boat tours have sun decks and covered areas.
  • They highly recommend you purchase tickets in advance.

If interested in the Chicago Line Cruise call (312) 527-1977

Chicago River with Tour Boats During the Night  (©

The Wendella tour:

    • Provides a The 75-Minute River Cruises and Architecture Tour.
    • A 90-Minute Combined Lake and River Tour is also available.
    • A Chicago At Sunset 2 hour Cruise brings you to a front row seat for the Buckingham Fountain Water and Lights Show.
    • This tour provides a romantic ambiance for couples.
    • There’s a Wine Tasting Tour for the wine connoisseur. This is a 2 hour wine tasting architectural cruise.
  • These tours provide what you need as far as viewing and architecture, to a romantic evening or wine tasting.

If you are interested call Wendella Boats

400 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 337-1446.

Chicago River  (© nopow).

Another tour called The Skyline Queen:

    • A pet friendly tour that offers pet lovers a chance to bring their dog with them on the boat.
    • This tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks & fire hydrants.
    • There’s a restroom for humans, and a paper lined area for your leashed pets if needed. Water bowls are also on board.
    • No reservations necessary.
    • Tickets go on sale at the Mercury Box Office the day of cruise.
  • Tickets are available at the Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline ticket window at the day of the cruise. (located at the Riverside Gardens Dock on the lower level at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge)Location: 112 East Wacker Drive, Chicago Il.

If you and your pet are interested on a ride on The Skyline Queen Call (312) 332-1353 for information.

There are plenty of Chicago River Cruises to choose from.