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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 95% of travellers
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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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English

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


Departure details
  • 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.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure 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 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 €38.65. 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

Itinerary
  • 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
    Marina City
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    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
    Chicago Riverwalk
  • You'll return to the starting point
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wilmaz56
wilmaz56
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Great Trip
Great trip with lots of information from our guide Keaton. Opportunities to take lots of photographs of the Chicago
Mareepnz
Mareepnz
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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
frizzystork
frizzystork
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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.
Peter P
Peter P
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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
Z6263EWjohnn
Z6263EWjohnn
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Saturday night fireworks
this is brilliant so evocative and memorising. The chicago skyline at night is dazzling and my kids loved it. the s
U9363KPericam
U9363KPericam
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Wonderful
Wonderful seeing the fireworks up close and personal on the water and then having a historical building tour afterw
N7644AUmaryw
N7644AUmaryw
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VERY Informative....Beautiful and fun.
Michael was awesome. He was super knowledgeable about Chicago buildings. Would love to hear more indigenous history
F6625VHmichaell
F6625VHmichaell
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3D fireworks show
Great views of the city of Chicago. Very enjoyable fireworks show. We had Tess as our tour guide and she was charis
kyannahm
kyannahm
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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
FernandoL803
FernandoL803
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Late departure… late for the fireworks No view of the city
The pictures show the fireworks with the city as background… the boat departed late (waiting for late arrivals to b
Tiffanie1234
Tiffanie1234
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Awesome tour
Fireworks was awesome!! First time and great experience.. very friendly tour and welcoming.. we would love to visit
shemitas
shemitas
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Fun Time
The fireworks were nice, the view of the city was beautiful and the tour guide had a great personality.
M8553TDmariahm
M8553TDmariahm
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Great!
You get a show and a tour of the architecture along the Chicago River. So good! Get more bang for your buck.
V3804ORmargarett
V3804ORmargarett
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Loved every part of it!
The bartenders and your guide were nice, friendly, and knowledgeable. The view was amazing and the 3D glasses were
388micahg
388micahg
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Awesome experience
Excellent tour guide, witty and informative. Thanks ❣️ Love the Glasses and fireworks show. I would recommend.
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Heather B
2 contributions
Jul 2022
My family of 10 enjoyed the boat ride. The information shared by the tour guide was similar to what I have heard on Chicago architecture tours - which is not what I was wanting out of this excursion considering it was not labeled as an architecture tour. I booked this tour because we wanted to get out on the lake as well as the river, but you honestly spend upwards of 30+ minutes sitting in the lock to transition (at no fault of the tour company). In the future I would book 2 separate boat rides - one of the river and one on the lake (that leaves from a harbor outside of the river).
Written 25 July 2022
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nickss1
Southend-on-Sea, UK4,549 contributions
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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R C
7 contributions
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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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,082 contributions
Jul 2021
Host/narrator was excellent. A Chicago native she clearly knew her subject. She provided a great deal of information but also broke up the flow with a few quizzes and interaction with the guests. Tour included travel to the spot where the Chicago River splits, then out to the lake and inside the harbor so you see some of downtown and some of the lakefront. Seating inside and out so weather accommodating. The location can be tricky to find along the riverwalk because there are so many boats docked there, so check online for a description and clear address before you set off. Riverwalk area is busy and safe, even for evenings.
Written 1 August 2021
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N M
Les Ormes, France122 contributions
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, IL303 contributions
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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Becky D
1 contribution
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
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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kathyc_11
Evanston, WY4 contributions
Sep 2022
This was a 6 Star tour. I took my family of 7 yesterday on this fantastic adventure. We were ages 6 years old to +80. I have done several Chicago River Cruises in the past but this topped them all. We learned very interesting facts about my beloved city . It was very enjoyable for the whole family, Heath ,our guide, was outstanding, - very knowledgeable, entertaining, articulate and patience with questions. As my daughter said "Mom this is the best thing we have ever done in Chciago!" I agreed -in the 60 years I have lived in the Chcago Area. Thanks Skyline Cruiseline
Kathy Clements
Written 4 September 2022
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Laura R
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
Our tour guide, Sarah, was awesome. It’s a great way to see Chicago and to learn more about the city. It’s also a fun thing to do that gives you a break from walking. Going through the lock system is interesting but a long part of the trip, still worth it, just wasn’t expecting that part. Figuring out where exactly to get on the boat involves asking for help. The general area is obvious, but there are a lot of other boats/companies loading in the same place.
Written 19 September 2021
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