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Chicago: 90-Minute River and Lakefront Cruise at Night

Chicago: 90-Minute River and Lakefront Cruise at Night

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Glide along the Chicago River and Lakefront as you're dazzled by the sparkle of the city at night. Enjoy breathtaking views of the dramatic skyscrapers and Buckingham Fountain's spectacular light display while listening to lively commentary.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • See Chicago’s skyline transformed into a glittering jewel
  • Cruise along the main branch of the Chicago River full of historic buildings
  • Sail through the Chicago Harbor Lock, an engineering marvel
  • Listen to entertaining guides who bring Chicago to life with stories of its rich history
Full description
Experience the magic of Chicago at nighttime and watch the city's glorious skyscrapers, historic buildings and modern marvels come to life with millions of twinkling lights. Relax and unwind at the end of the day on a cruise which not only lets you enjoy the scenic Chicago River, but also takes you through the Chicago Harbor Lock and out onto Lake Michigan where you can admire epic views of the sparkling Chicago skyline and shoreline. Throughout the ride, listen to lively narration about Chicago's rich history as the onboard guides point out the many sights of the city including Buckingham Fountain, Willis Tower, Aon Center, John Hancock Building, Museum Campus, Marina City, Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Building, Navy Pier, the Lighthouse and more. This tour also gives you the unique experience of passing through the Chicago River Lock System, while learning about the operation and the uses of the lock from your guide. You’ll also feel the boat rise as you enter Lake Michigan and lower as you return to the river, a unique experience for any boat lover.
  • 1.5-hour nighttime boat cruise of Chicago River and Lake Michigan
  • Live guide commentary
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuity
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Check in at Blue Awning for Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline Located on the Riverwalk level at the South East corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge, where Michigan Ave. & Wacker Dr. intersect.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Snacks
  • Jacket

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones
  • Non-folding wheelchairs

Know before you go

  • Cruises depart rain or shine as both open and covered seating is available onboard
  • Children under 5 are free
  • Beverages, including water, soda, wine, and beer, are available for purchase onboard
  • No food is sold on the boat, though you are welcome to bring your own snacks
  • Strollers may be brought aboard and will be folded and stored in the salon for the duration of the cruise, children must be removed from strollers prior to boarding
  • For safety reasons, motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs cannot be accommodated aboard the ship, guests who are able to transfer may use the company's manual wheelchair, based upon availability
  • Latecomers cannot be refunded, but every effort will be made to accommodate you on another evening
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 123 reviews

Review summary

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One of the most informative and enjoyable tours we’ve done

One of the most informative, interesting and enjoyable tours we’ve done in a long time . Bree was our tour guide .she was great , very informative , answered all our questions and was just and all over wealth of knowledge. We’d surely do another tour with her and your company. We tell everybody we know how is visiting Chicago . We where there for our 65 th birthday.

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October 7, 2019

Cold but still very worthwhile!

We had booked prior to arrival, so when we arrived and the weather was unexpectedly cold, we really weren’t excited about the tour. However, the city was so beautiful and Breigh did such a fantastic job of not only telling us the facts, but making it interesting and exciting! We are so happy that we didn’t let the weather derail our plans!

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September 30, 2019

We had a beautiful evening for a river cruise. The light sticks were an added bonus. Even though we were stuck waiting for the locks to open they didn’t take off our time from our cruise, so we ended up with a two hour cruise. The only thing I would recommend is that the guide talked a little fast and was hard to understand sometimes. Other than that I loved the history of the city.

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September 29, 2019

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