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Chicago River and Lake Michigan Cruises

Chicago River and Lake Michigan Cruises

Chicago may be 1,000 miles from the ocean, but the city is still best seen aboard a boat. From the Chicago River to nearby Lake Michigan, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to touring the city from the water. See below for your options.

Chicago River Cruises

Learn the history of Chicago’s skyscrapers on a Chicago River cruise, some of which focus specifically on the city’s towering architecture. See Sears Tower and the Wrigley Building while enjoying a casual architecture cruise, and hear how the flow of the river was reversed—a feat of modern engineering.

Sailing and Speedboat Rides on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is so big that its total area is larger than that of nine different US states, meaning you’ll feel like you’re cruising the open ocean on a sightseeing lake tour. Take a speedboat tour, dine on an evening buffet cruise, or enjoy a private sunset sail to see where the Chicago skyline rises up from the water and faces the deep blue horizon.

Combo Tours

If you can’t decide between the river and lake, choose a Chicago combo tour that includes both experiences. You’ll enjoy a casual cruise of the river and then race down Chicago’s coastline on a speedboat ride.

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.85
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$38.85
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Spirit of Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

Spirit of Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Make your evening in Chicago one to remember with this luxury sunset cruise featuring dinner, sightseeing and dancing along the shores of Lake Michigan. Feast your eyes on incredible views of iconic Windy City sights like Navy Pier, the Willis (Sears) Tower, Buckingham Fountain and Soldier Field, then fill your belly with a bountiful all-you-can-eat buffet. Continue the celebration with a live DJ who will mix up a selection of dance favorites.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.74
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$112.74
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Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise

Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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Take a gourmet dinner cruise on a high-end luxury yacht with the stunning skyline of Chicago serving as your backdrop. Climb aboard your recently renovated vessel, featuring a sumptuously-appointed rooftop lounge and stylish interior design, for your cruise along Lake Michigan. Then sit down for a 3-course dinner, informed by some of the world’s top celebrity chefs and composed of fresh ingredients cooked right on-board. After dinner, enjoy coffee and tea, captivating views of Chicago landmarks like the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and Navy Pier, plus musical entertainment provided by the onboard DJ.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.66
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$108.66
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Chicago Odyssey Lake Michigan Lunch Cruise

Chicago Odyssey Lake Michigan Lunch Cruise

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Board a luxurious yacht at Navy Pier for a 2-hour lunch cruise along Chicago’s scenic shoreline. Enjoy a three-course gourmet meal as you take in views of the Windy City from a climate-controlled observation deck, then sip coffee or tea while the yacht’s onboard DJ spins a leisurely afternoon playlist.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.26
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$88.26
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Private Sunset Sail on Lake Michigan with Breathtaking Views of Chicago

Private Sunset Sail on Lake Michigan with Breathtaking Views of Chicago

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Soak up the views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline with a 2-hour sailing tour. This private charter is completely customizable, giving you the chance to choose your music, route, and up to 5 additional guests. Sail into the sunset with your own drinks and snacks (refrigerator and ice on board) and your family or friends by your side.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$427.28
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$427.28
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Private Lake Michigan Sailing Charter and Sightseeing Tour of Chicago

Private Lake Michigan Sailing Charter and Sightseeing Tour of Chicago

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If you’ve ever dreamed of sailing away on your own private sailboat, this is the perfect excursion for you. You and up to five other invited guests will have the exclusive use of a sailboat, complete with captain and crew for the duration of your tour. Sail on Lake Michigan and enjoy the sights of Chicago’s striking skyline. If you want, you could even take a turn at the helm.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$427.28
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From
$427.28
per group
Taking safety measures