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“superb morning” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline

Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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).
hickory, nc
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“superb morning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

For a small price--$15--I enjoyed a harbor tour with music and a description of the most prominent buildings. This cruise is a better value than the river tour, which is tedious and overly detailed.

Visited July 2013
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Lenexa, Kansas, United States
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“Add to the "must see" when in Chicago list!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

We took an architecture cruise down the river. Great way to see all the buildings, but the tour guide added all kinds of neat, historic tidbits of information which made it not just a visual attraction , but great attraction all the way around. I brought my 13 yr old son and if you ask him what his "favorites" in Chicago were, the cruise was #1. I would highly recommend this!

Visited June 2013
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Gonzales, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

My daughter and I boarded at 8:15 on Wednesday night. It took a while to get through the lock, but then the view of the skyline as we circled around the navy pier was incredible. We came back around the pier and watched the fireworks practically over our heads. It was an awesome evening. Enjoyed it. The lock and waiting for the fountain to stop squirting water over the river were the only times we got a little impatient. Worth the $$.

Visited August 2012
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Awesome Boat ride in Chicago”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

We picked Mercury Cruises out of the rest because it was the longest ride 1 1/2 hrs and it went through the river and out on the lake. We absolutely enjoyed the ride and it was well worth the price ($28) I would recommend to anyone else going to Chicago to pick Mercury.

Visited July 2012
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Chicago, IL
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“Great way to see how beautiful Chicago really is in a relaxed way.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

We did the 2 hour Cruise- not only did we get a great ride down the Chicago River with an excellent narrative, but we also got to go through the locks and out onto Lake Michigan. What a great way to experience Chicago. The boats leave from the Riverwalk- very convenient to Michigan Avenue and the hotels on Wacker Drive.

There is seating on both the upper deck and under cover in the boat, so weather was not a problem. They serve drinks (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic), and can even sell sunscreen.

We highly recommend Mercury- The cost was very reasonable for the length of the trip. We had individuals with all levels of walking ability, and found it easy to enter and exit the boat. There is a ramp to the Riverwalk, and accessibility was not an issue

Visited June 2012
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