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Chicago Water Taxi

400 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
+1 312-337-1446
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Ranked #44 of 300 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Transportation, Gear rentals
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Owner description: We are Chicago's river transportation service. An iconic fleet of black and yellow boats, we serve all three branches of the Chicago River from March to November. Our stops include Michigan Avenue, Chinatown, North Avenue, Clark and LaSalle, and Union and Ogilvie Train Station. There is no better way to get around Chicago than by boat!

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Roswell, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Why sit in traffic, waiting on red lights, and pay dearly to get where you need to go. The Chicago water taxi can get you there quicker and for a fraction of the cost.

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Tujunga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is a great way to get around. We used it all day. Went to the Willis building then back to Navy pier, then to the aquarium.Fun

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77 reviews 77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a great way to see the city skyline as well as a convenient service for getting to the aquarium. Its also inexpensive so a must-do when you're in Chicago.

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The Water taxi was very convenient and loved the experience of getting to see the city from a different angle than what you would see from the streets or standard taxi. Don't miss this inexpensive experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Easy way to get to Chinatown, its about a 20 min trip, website has schedule. You'll have about 5-10 walk through a small park and nice neighborhood before you get to Chinatown shops and restaurants. You can buy tickets at the Ogilvie/Union Station Dock but not at Chinatown. You can also buy once you board. Ogilvie/Union Station to Chinatown was... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Most locals abstain from river/lake cruises because, hey, that's for tourists! A notion not aided by the fact that most public boats get under way from Navy Pier. For those skeptical locals (and curious tourists!) I highly recommend the CWT. It's a cheap, efficient, and fun mode of transportation. Depending on where you live and work, it's entirely possible you... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I took the water taxi to China Town from the Michigan Ave stop. It was faster and better to use this form of travel. Weekday ticket was $8. IF you go during the mid afternoon you have more choices in "timing". But when you arrive at China Town, you need to walk thru a few neighborhoods. I went during the... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Skip the honking taxi cabs and traffic and enjoy a relaxing boat ride down town.. We bought all day tickets for $10 person, couldn't beat it! The boat we were on did not have ability to use credit cards so make sure you bring cash (just in case) but the 30(ish) min boat ride took us all the way to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Have lived in Chicago over 30 years and have never seen the city from that perspective. We had a perfect day catching the Water Taxi off of Michigan Avenue, near Trump Tower, and going to Chinatown. We wanted an adventure and it was terrific. The water taxi made a few interesting stops and then we landed near Chinatown (at the... More

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Cary, IL
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Why not take the Water taxi on your next trip to Chicago! You can get on right by the Ogilvie Train Station and take the Water Taxi to either China Town or to the Michigan Ave. We got to the dock just as the taxi was getting ready to leave and were able to pay the $3.00 per person one... More

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