Boat Tours & water sports in Chicago

THE 10 BEST Chicago Boat Rides & Cruises

Boat Rides & Cruises in Chicago

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Architecture Tours
45 minutes
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$27.00
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City Tours
2 hours
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Boat Tours
2–4 hours
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  • Luc T
    1 contribution
    Great guide. A tour that makes you see so much more in the chicago skyline!
    It exceeded expectations.
    Review of: Chicago Architecture River Cruise
    Written September 21, 2023
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  • Rebecca Orozco
    2 contributions
    guide was very informative and made it fun w asking questions and some jokes. drink selection was good. it was a comfortable ride w more than enough space.
    Review of: 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
    Written September 21, 2023
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  • Khris G
    Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
    The Architectural River Tour was amazing!! A must see when in Chicago. I sat in front of the boat instead of up top and I highly recommend it!
    Review of: Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
    Written September 21, 2023
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  • Jeniffer L
    2 contributions
    t was an excellent boat trip. Filled with a lot of valuable information about the city and its architecture in an entertaining way. We loved it!!
    Review of: 45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
    Written September 20, 2023
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  • TravelBoss11
    United States9 contributions
    Very good tour. Nice boat, nice weather and very good explanation. Staff has been very carefull about us

    Recomended
    Review of: Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
    Written September 21, 2023
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  • Ashli G
    Charlotte, NC2 contributions
    Beautiful night on the river and on Lake Michigan. Very informative about the city building and history. Even my 13 year old really enjoyed it!
    Review of: Chicago Sunset Cruise
    Written September 15, 2023
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  • bbdawn
    Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution
    Tour was absolutely amazing! The tour guide knew so much about the architecture of the buildings. She was super friendly and very entertaining
    Review of: Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
    Written September 21, 2023
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  • Grant H
    1 contribution
    Such an interesting tour. The staff was kind and knowledgeable .They provided ponchos for the rain. Highly recommend!
    Review of: Chicago River Boat Architecture Tour
    Written September 21, 2023
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  • Xavier C
    Evergreen Park, IL27 contributions
    in general everything was very good. Getting tickets, faster boarding and very good service. The only issue is that I did not have clear information about where exactly the boarding access was located it :-(
    Review of: Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise
    Written September 17, 2023
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  • kelly k
    1 contribution
    Excellent experience all the way around- Capt Ralph and crew (especially Andy) were friendly and knowledgeable and made the whole day very fun. Would highly recommend and will sail with them again! Great value.
    Review of: Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship
    Written September 5, 2023
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  • Maya G
    Noblesville, IN4 contributions
    It was very nice and informative. The staff was friendly. I’ve been to similar excursions before and they would give complementary soft drink. It would’ve been nice if it was the same.
    Review of: Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago
    Written September 4, 2023
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  • Wander712446
    1 contribution
    Love the hostess. Atmosphere. DJ. Food was good. Need to upgrade the desserts. No too tasteful over all. No motion sickness
    Review of: Chicago Buffet Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan
    Written May 28, 2023
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  • Dreamer35154203574
    2 contributions
    The view of Chicago from the river was simply breathtaking! 5 stars. Music & ambience was excellent. 5 stars. Staff and crew were attentive. 5 stars. The food was decent. 3 1/2 stars (perhaps 4 stars if food was served warmer). Accommodations for disabled persons were acceptable - but inconvenient. The restrooms were located on a lower level. Staff members were helpful in assisting one of our disabled guests down approximately 10 stairs using a portable stair climber. Once down the stairs, the restroom was pretty and clean but NOT handicap accessible. No ADA height toilet or grab bars. 1/2 star. A grab bar should be a requirement for establishments to claim they are accessible to all guests! To discover the lack of a common restroom fixture, I am forced to lower my overall rating to 3.8 stars. This was a beautiful cruise and an event that all people should be able to experience. I hope management will follow up and install simple grab bars in restrooms of the vessel.
    Review of: Premier Chicago River Dinner Cruise
    Written October 25, 2021
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  • Marlita Rhodes
    Flint, MI1 contribution
    Had a wonderful time the boat ride and lunch was wonderful the atmosphere was lovely and the servers were very attentive to our needs.
    Review of: Chicago Lake Michigan Plated Lunch Cruise
    Written July 16, 2023
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  • Qtfish
    Annapolis, MD141 contributions
    Captain Mike was a great tour guide of the city skyline and the lake. He provided a thorough safety briefing before we left the dock. He is a very competent sailor who knows how to provide a wonderful experience!
    Review of: Private Lake Michigan Sailing Charter and Sightseeing Tour of Chicago
    Written August 28, 2023
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