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Chicago Water Taxi

Address: 400 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
Phone Number: +1 312-337-1446
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Ranked #59 of 391 Activities in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gear rentals, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: We are Chicago's river transportation service. An iconic fleet of black and yellow boats, we serve...
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Type: Gear rentals, Outdoor Activities
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Sun - Sat 6:45 am - 9:00 pm
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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Pune
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It was nicely managed, the time taken to get on board was little more. The guide and the knowing the history part was excellent. The duration of 1 hour is also good time to see and understand. Over all the arrangements are good.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We used the Chicago Water Taxi to get from Shedd Aquarium to Navy Pier. It's relatively inexpensive, plus it's a fun experience! It was windy, so Lake Michigan was very choppy. We ended up getting soaking wet! They handed out ponchos, but by the time we got them, we were already drenched. This wouldn't have been so bad if it... More 

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Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Actually we went on the Water Taxi back in 2010? I didn't review it back then because I never heard of TripAdvisor at that time. I wish Milwaukee had the Water Taxi which is where I am from. I love being on the water and this was great. It can't take you right to where you're going but it can... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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Herts
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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Albuquerque
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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