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Chicago River and Lake Michigan Cruises

By Viator, May 2017

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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, null
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2423 Reviews

Experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities on a 75-minute cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.44
Viator VIP: Willis Tower Skydeck Early Access, Trolley City Tour and Chicago River Cruise, Chicago, ... 
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Viator VIP: Willis Tower Skydeck Early Access, Trolley City Tour and Chicago River Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 99 Reviews

See classic Chicago sights with this Viator VIP package that includes early entry to the Skydeck in Willis (formerly Sears) Tower where you'll be greeted and ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00
Chicago Architectural River Cruise, Chicago, Viator VIP Tours
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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 133 Reviews

Take in the views on this 90-minute Architectural Tour, a jaw-dropping excursion through a city that defied all expectations … even the laws of gravity.

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.16
Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat, Chicago, Day Cruises
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Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 155 Reviews

Chicago is renowned for its stunning and original architecture, and the most relaxing way to see it is on a cruise on the Chicago River! You'll learn all ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 75-minutes

From USD $42.50
Chicago Urban Adventure Cruise, Chicago, Day Cruises
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Chicago Urban Adventure Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

This popular 1.5-hour daytime river and lake tour, the Urban Adventure Cruise, delights families of all ages with incredible views of Chicago's world-renowned ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.00
Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise, Chicago, Day Cruises
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Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Expect the exceptional on this 2.5-3 hour premier Chicago dinner cruise experience. Newly renovated, this luxury vessel features a newly furnished rooftop ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

From USD $101.86
Spirit of Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet, Chicago, Dinner Cruises
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Spirit of Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

Celebrate a night out in Chicago with dinner, dancing and sightseeing aboard a three-hour luxury cruise on Lake Michigan. Glimpse top Chicago attractions like ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.66
Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise, Chicago, Dinner Cruises
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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

Admire all of Chicago's fabulous lakefront sights and attractions on this 40-minute Lake Michigan boat tour. Cruise along Lake Michigan and take in amazing ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.76
Chicago Odyssey Lunch Cruise, Chicago, Day Cruises
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Chicago Odyssey Lunch Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Welcome aboard Chicago's largest luxury yacht at Navy Pier! Tantalize your taste buds and discover Chicago's wonderful city skyline on this 2-hour lunch ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.38
Private Day Sailing Excursion on Lake Michigan, Chicago, Lunch Cruises
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Private Day Sailing Excursion on Lake Michigan

Enjoy a private two-hour sailing experience for up to six people along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront.  Kick back, relax, and let the US Coast Guard licensed ...  Read more

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $389.76

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