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Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline

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Address: 112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
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+1 312-332-1353
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Sun - Tue 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Experience the best of Chicago aboard a Mercury cruise. Take in the Chicago...

Experience the best of Chicago aboard a Mercury cruise. Take in the Chicago River and Lake Michigan Skyline on a relaxing boat ride while our lively commentators bring the city to life with fun facts and stories about Chicago's rich history. A fun time the whole family can enjoy! Tours include Urban Adventure Cruise (daytime River/Lake cruise), Chicago by Night Cruise (evening River/Lake cruise), 3D Fireworks Cruise (summer Wed/Sat) and our popular Canine Cruise (summer Sat/Sun).

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$35.00*
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Chicago Urban Adventure Cruise
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Family day out

Really enjoyed this cruise. It was nice to see the city from the water and to get out onto the lake also. Kids were a bit bored but the adults enjoyed it!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 2, 2016
Nuala P
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donegal,ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed this cruise. It was nice to see the city from the water and to get out onto the lake also. Kids were a bit bored but the adults enjoyed it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

This is an attraction you can't miss in your Chicago visit. 90 exciting minutes where you comfortabily see the most relevant buildings and the incredible skyline from the lake. Our guide gave us a complete, clear and fun explanation with a lot of anecdotes. We toke the last tour (started at 6:15) and we could see the sunset from the... More 

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New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I recently bought tickets through Viator for this tour. We did learn about Chicago architecture but our guide was not at all engaging and made the tour less than exciting. Part of any tour is to be informed and entertained as you gain knowledge about the area you are visiting. This unfortunately did not occur. We have... More 

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Melanie M, Manager at Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline, responded to this review

Hi Don - thank you for taking the time to share about your experience. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed in the tour! Certainly an informative and entertaining commentary is our goal. We would like to look into this further. Would you be willing to email me with the date and time of your cruise as well as... More 

La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We went on 2 cruises. The first one was a evening cruise starting at 6pm so we got to see lots of the city from light to dark, with sundown on the lake. The second cruise was the fireworks one and it was amazing to see them from the boat with the 3D glasses. I took so many pictures at... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

I jumped on-board a Mercury river tour as a last minute decision, as it was the next one leaving. At $35 I believe it is one of the cheaper tour operators, and that may have resulted in a lower quality tour. All the boats seem pretty similar to look at it, but our guide was a young student who filled... More 

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Thank OrangeKiwi14
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Almost booked the architectural tour but I wanted to see the river and see the city from the lake so went with Mercury. was not disappointed. The guide was very knowledgeable about the buildings lining the river, the river's history in Chicago, and history in general. The cruise went through the harbor lock to get out on the lake, even... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Wife and I took an afternoon cruise on a beautiful afternoon. Staff was friendly, professional and fun. Made for a great day and not too expensive for the 90 minutes of endless great scenery! Really enjoyed it - would definitely do again.

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Abington, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Had a spectacular night tour of the river and the lake. The guide gave us information about the buildings we passed in the river. Since many also had connections to movies, our teen boys were just as interested as we were. I can't compare this boat company vs. others but I highly recommend. Only thing to note: no bathrooms down... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Mercury River and Lake Cruise sights were quite nice. The tour guide thought he was a comedian and clever actor; I did not enjoy his immature sense of humor. Price was $35 for a 90-minute river and lake cruise and that is reasonable. When the tour guide was not talking they played god-awful rock music, which made it difficult to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful boat with a full bar. Clean and attractive comfortable seating inside and outside. Attentive and informative crew that is totally safety Conscious. From the moment you step on board be prepared to relax and enjoy the ride. Great for all ages !!!! Make it an annual event! The city is constantly changing and seeing it from the comfort of... More 

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