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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise
4.5

Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

By Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline
Recommended by 94% of travellers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
See the beauty of Chicago from a new vantage point by going on this scenic cruise along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan shoreline. It’s a great way to spot multiple top Chicago landmarks in a short space of time, including Marina City, Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower, and Navy Pier. As you travel, a guide enhances the tour with live commentary about the city’s history and top attractions.
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Ages 0-99, max of 115 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Avoid the crowds and see Chicago from the water on this sightseeing cruise
  • The ideal pick for first-time visitors to Chicago
  • Get great photo opportunities of Chicago’s skyline
  • Learn as you travel through on-board commentary

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks


Start:
  • 112 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    112 E Wacker Dr. (Michigan Ave. & Wacker Drive) South East Corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge. Look for the blue awning.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 33187P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Discounted parking available at 111 E. Wacker Drive. Please visit the dockside box office for parking ticket validation
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 115 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Which attractions will I visit with Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise?
    How much is Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise?
    Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise price starts from €38.79. Discover and book Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise on Tripadvisor
    What is the Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise cancellation policy?
    Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise?
    Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise is hosted by Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 33187P1

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    • You'll start at
      112 E Wacker Dr
      112 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
      112 E Wacker Dr. (Michigan Ave. & Wacker Drive) South East Corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge. Look for the blue awning.
      See address & details
    • 1
      Lake Michigan
      Stop: 45 minutes
      See details
    • 2
      Chicago River
      Stop: 45 minutes
      See details
      Pass by
      Wrigley Building
      Navy Pier
      Buckingham Fountain
      Field Museum
      Shedd Aquarium
      Adler Planetarium
      Soldier Field
      The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
      Navy Pier
      John Hancock Center
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline
      330
      Chicago, United States
    • Scenic520182
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fireworks cruise
      The fireworks and the person telling us about the city was nice. However there was an hr break between the person talking and the beginning of the fireworks and it was dead silence. They should have played some music or something for that hr break. Made that time very boring
      Written 22 August 2023
    • VRDBS
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Chicago fireworks on Lake Michigan
      Fireworks were spectacular despite the inclement weather. Full bar facilities available. Evening Chicago skyline was brilliant
      Written 6 August 2023
    • tabithak680
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Treat time and memories
      It’s was a great time for the family. The light history was very interesting. Only thing that was annoying were the other boats in the lake that blasted their music so you couldn’t really hear the commentary or music our boat had
      Written 30 July 2023
    • G2445OImarcc
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful evening on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
      Awesome explanation of the history of Chicago and its buildings, as well as a beautiful fireworks show over Lake Michigan. I wish we had gone out further onto Lake Michigan, rather than sitting in the lock area, but it was still an excellent experience. Also, the still photo advertising the cruise leads you to believe that the fireworks and skyline are visible simultaneously. In fact, the fireworks are in the opposite direction from the skyline.
      Written 18 July 2023
    • Melissa M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Love a dog friendly excursion! 5+++ stars!
      We did the canine 90 min cruise and it was fantastic! Great guide and crew and loved that we were able to enjoy the tour with our pups. Highly recommend for people wanting a fun outing with their dogs or for people that love to be around dogs ❤️
      Written 16 July 2023
    • 892dusting
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      A joke
      Did not leave the pier, overpriced drinks and food. such a waste of time. better off going to a bar
      Written 2 July 2023
    • wilmaz56
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Trip
      Great trip with lots of information from our guide Keaton. Opportunities to take lots of photographs of the Chicago skyline.
      Written 5 October 2022
    • Mareepnz
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good tour, not accessible
      I'm rating this good, because although it said the tour was accessible, when it came time to get on the boat there was a step up and a step down, to cross onto the boat, You could not roll a wheelchair onto the boat. Fortunately my husband was able to step onto the boat and then get back in his wheelchair. We could not have gone if he hadn't been able to do this. Otherwise the trip was great with good communication and information from the guide.
      Written 19 September 2022
    • frizzystork
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      girls weekend in the city
      took this tour which was narrated wonderfully by Jacob! Great view of the skyline from the river and the lake.
      Written 14 September 2022
    • Peter P
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great firework show Longer than expected.
      Great boat tour of the city. Saw every building along the river and informed about them as well. Great firework show. Longer then expected !!!
      Written 26 August 2022
    • Z6263EWjohnn
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Saturday night fireworks
      this is brilliant so evocative and memorising. The chicago skyline at night is dazzling and my kids loved it. the staff on board run this well with no hiccups very professional ,and his commentary was funny and informative. you see great fireworks didn't use the 3D thing reality was enough. we sat on the left as you walk on and this is definitely the best side for seeing the city and getting the fireworks,
      Written 26 August 2022
    • U9363KPericam
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful
      Wonderful seeing the fireworks up close and personal on the water and then having a historical building tour afterwards. A Chicago must do!!!
      Written 20 August 2022
    • N7644AUmaryw
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      VERY Informative....Beautiful and fun.
      Michael was awesome. He was super knowledgeable about Chicago buildings. Would love to hear more indigenous history.
      Written 20 August 2022
    • F6625VHmichaell
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      3D fireworks show
      Great views of the city of Chicago. Very enjoyable fireworks show. We had Tess as our tour guide and she was charismatic and humorous. She did an amazing job.
      Written 14 August 2022
    • kyannahm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      10 out of 10
      My husband and I had an amazing time on this cruise. We honestly didn’t know what to expect except fireworks but we got a lot more! Tess was an amazing tour guide & I hope if we do this experience again, we can have Tess as a tour guide!
      Written 14 August 2022
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles117 reviews
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    N M
    Les Ormes, France124 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2019 • Solo
    Boarding was late and no-one was at the dock to explain what was happening. We spent very little time on the river before turning round to head up to the lake - then spent a huge amount of time in the lock waiting for the water level to adjust. There really is not much to learn whilst you’re sitting waiting for the water to flow and ebb not to mention waiting for the queues to subside. So unless you’re a huge fan of locks (and quite frankly you’d see more action on a canal) then I’d give it a miss. The trip wasn’t helped by the weather which was obviously out of their control but it had been forecast and sadly they were completely unprepared so I spent the majority of the trip standing and unable to see anything through steamed up windows. Really wished I’d taken the architectural river tour instead rather than spending over half the time waiting to go through the lock and then back.
    Written 15 January 2020
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    Anthony S
    Chicago, IL317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021
    We had a wonderful cruise on Mercury. It was a Lake Michigan/Chicago River Cruise. The tour guide was excellent and was easy to listen to. He had a great personality and described all the buildings in detail. The cruise had drinks and snacks which were moderately priced. Also the cruise was reasonably priced. We went with our entire family and everyone loved it. We were very fortunate that the weather was perfect for cruising around 75 degrees and sunny. The location of the cruise line is excellent on the Riverwalk at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. We highly recommend Mercury Cruises.
    Written 1 August 2021
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    JoAnn L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Couples
    This tour was perfect for us! The Chicago skyline views were breathtaking. We loved the combination lake and river tour. Our guide, John, was very informative and we learned a lot about the buildings, lake and culture of the city. This tour is a must for first time visitors to Chicago and a great trip for anyone wishing to enjoy an entertaining boat ride in Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. It was the highlight of our visit!
    Written 7 October 2023
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    R C
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is one of the best boat tours in Chicago. I’ve taken other tours previously and like this one even better. Going on both the river and the lake gives you a better view and more history. The guide was outstanding and the 1.5 hour tour felt like 30 minutes—- in a good way. I highly recommend this tour to anyone of any age. My 2 kids age 32 and 22 liked it too
    Written 30 May 2022
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    nickss1
    Southend-on-Sea, UK4,566 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a great choice, which included a boat trip along the river and out on the lake. We booked online, and despite a bit of confusion at the ticket booth, we eventually got our tickets and queued at the appropriate boat. The commentary by Heath was excellent; plenty of information about the city and the buildings along the river. I would definitely recommend if you want an overview of Chicago and a trip on the water.
    Written 12 October 2022
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    Patrick G
    Kenilworth1 contribution
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    Parking was a huge pain and took way longer than we planned. So, we missed our boat. We re-booked for Labor Day because we were required to by the person at the ticket counter. However, we have some family member health issues so now we can't make that. Just a big disappointment at how inflexible you are. Would prefer you offer a little more flexibility on such cancellations. It's not like we sign up and cancel with you over-and-over again. In fact, we never have done so. I can't say I can recommend you.
    Written 31 August 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Thank you for your review, and we are sorry that you experienced difficulty in reaching our location. We acknowledge that parking near the riverwalk can be tricky, which is why we always recommend reviewing our Location page online (mercurycruises.com/location) as well as arriving early. In terms of tickets, no refunds is our policy, but we understand that life happens. We would be happy to speak with you further about your experience and discuss a ticket exchange or other options if that is not something you are interested in. Please contact us at 312-332-2505 and ask to speak to a Ticket Office Manager and we will do our best to help you.
    Written 5 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Elizabeth C
    Tulsa2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Family
    The cruise was outstanding, and the boat was mid-size, so not one of the mega boats. Layke was an awesome cruise director. The tour was really well done. I would definitely do it again, and recommend it highly to anyone that wants to take a lake/river cruise. 90 minutes was the perfect length, and going through the locks was very fun.
    Written 13 September 2023
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    Becky D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Family
    Whole tour is narrated, we had a great guide named Terry who was very funny, upbeat and knowledgeable! Tours starts in the river, heads through the lock and into Lake Michigan and then back to river.
    Full bar with drinks and snacks. Great ride, great value!
    Written 6 August 2022
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    S Singh
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022
    Tour was great and very good. We enjoyed our time at cruise. Mark tour guide has made it very enjoyable. Mark made this tour full of fun and informative. would love to go for it again.

    Only problem we faced that we booked online in advance and there were no directions were given onsite that from where we have to board the cruise. We requested information from other cruise entry point but they provided us the wrong info. We were trying to find our cruise very hard. We reached there about 40-50 mins in advance but we didn't find our cruise and was about miss it but right on time we found it. My request to the organizers to put direction / display boards for these all cruises. Or i advice that don't book them online and buy them from onsite counter so that you are not spending time to find the right cruise you booked online.
    Written 19 June 2022
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    Thank you for leaving us feedback and we are glad to hear your cruise experience went well. We apologize for the confusion in boarding location. Our homepage, mercurycruises.com, has a location page available with detailed information on how to reach our dock area. Once at our docks, any of our staff members present should be able to direct you to where you need to go. We always recommend checking in with our ticket office if you need your tickets printed or directions to where your cruise will be departing. We apologize again for the confusion and will work on making directions more readily available going forward.
    Written 20 June 2022
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    Explorer 667
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023
    I haven't even been on the boat and its already terrible.
    I had to postpone my cruise due to unforeseen circumstances. They wouldn't give me my money back. They would be happy to reschedule though! Except the next time I was able to go was a saturday and I was booking for 4, hoping to use my voucher. Nope, non transferrable to saturdays.
    Im going to assume that the cruise itself will be fine. Everything around it has been terrible and I will not be recommending this cruise to anyone, and Im out 100 dollars on top of the tickets I will actually be able to use. Good on you guys for getting more blood from this stone.
    Written 28 July 2023
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    Thank you for leaving this review and we apologize for the trouble you ran into with rescheduling your cruise. We do have a no refunds policy, however we would be happy to try to help you exchange your ticket. Unfortunately, we cannot do ticket exchanges for Saturdays, as that is our busiest day of the week. We apologize that this interfered with your plans, but we would like to fix this. Please reach out to marketing@cruisechicago.com with further details and we will do our best to accommodate you.
    Written 1 August 2023
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