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  2. Illinois
  3. Chicago
  4. Chicago River

Chicago: 90-Minute River and Lakefront Cruise at Night

Product ID: 266010
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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
Duration 90 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Korean
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuity

Prepare for the activity

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
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones
Know before you go
• Cruises depart rain or shine as both open and covered seating is available on board; please bring a jacket as it gets cool on the lake
• Children under 5 are welcome to join free of charge
• 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 or brown-bag meal aboard
• 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
• No refunds or exchanges
• Due to high traffic on the river the boat may leave up to 5 mins early; please arrive 30 minutes in advance. Latecomers cannot be refunded
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 56 reviews
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