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Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline

112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
+1 312-332-1353
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 22:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
112 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-332-1353
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We choose to do this tour as we had done the other tour and this one just went one way down the river and then out to the lake. This was cool watching them open up the locks to let the boats come and go....More

Thank Stoneyterrace
Reviewed 12 May 2017

90 minute tour of Chicago's architectural history via waterways = relaxing and educational! My husband and I really enjoyed learning about Chicago and its beautiful buildings via the Mercury cruiseline. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, funny and friendly. The boat has two levels therefore...More

Thank seh1985
Reviewed 2 November 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!

Thank Nuala P
Reviewed 7 October 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...More

1  Thank jan72et
Reviewed 30 September 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...More

1  Thank Don S
Melanie M, Manager at Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2016

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...More

Reviewed 12 September 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...More

Thank bmitchell2618
Reviewed 6 September 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...More

Thank OrangeKiwi14
Reviewed 31 August 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...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 22 August 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.

Thank Thomas T
Reviewed 19 August 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...More

Thank Philip M
Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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Is the boat covered or all open? How do we order tickets and where does it take off... Navy Pier?
12 October 2015|
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Response from Laurie Z | Reviewed this property |
The lower dick is closed in and the upper deck is open. So you have your choice. You can buy your tickets at the box office located next to where the boat departs or you can purchase them online. The boats we have taken... More
I Order my tickets online and I got my confirmation number down with my receipt. I took a picture of my conformation number and everything else on my phone that are locked in my phone. But I can't print my tickets out because I don't have a printer plus I lost my tickets but I do have proof that I bought them.
30 June 2015|
Response from Ragra2012 | Property representative |
Hi there! Very sorry you experienced trouble printing your tickets. Please arrive to the Ticket Office at our dock in advance of your tour and we will be able to print them for you! Thanks very much! Bob