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CHICAGO WATERFRONT EXPERIENCES

Take groups on the Chicago waterfront with boat tours, cruises and waterfront dining.

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Make the most of warm summer weather by getting groups out on the waterfront. Whether your groups want to experience Chicago architecture boat tours or Chicago River tours - or even sunset dinner cruises - there are a number of options to choose from when crafting that perfect day on the water. Afterward, head to one of Chicago's lively waterfront restaurants for an unforgettable dining experience.

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BOAT TOURS

Chicago First Lady Cruises
Tours depart from Riverside Gardens, 112 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago
As the official cruise line of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, expect an informative and professional experience as groups are introduced to the architecture and design of more than 50 buildings, with the guidance of a CAF-Certified volunteer. Open-air and air-conditioned seating is available.

Chicago Line Cruises
Tours depart from 465 McClurg Court, Chicago
Book the company's newest river cruise, presented by Chicago's oldest museum: the Chicago History Museum River Cruise. This 90-minute cruise will present fascinating facts and insight into Chicago's history and architecture.

Shoreline Sightseeing
Tours depart from Navy Pier's Polk Bros Park and Michigan Avenue Bridge
Groups will get a new appreciation for Chicago's dramatic skyline with a Night Architecture Tour, showcasing buildings by world-famous architects all along the three branches of the Chicago River-but all lit up at night.

Wendella Sightseeing Boats
Tours depart from the Wendella Dock, 400 North Michigan Ave., Chicago
Book Chicago's Original Architecture Tour, a 75-minute architecture and history tour that takes groups through all three branches of the Chicago River. 

KAYAKING IN CHICAGO

Chicago Water Sport Rentals at 31st Street Harbor
3155 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
For active groups looking to enjoy the waterfront, rent a bunch of Hobie kayaks and explore Lake Michigan with a morning of paddling.

Wateriders
950 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago
Book a guided tour led by an experienced professional, who can take groups through Chicago's rivers, channels and along the lakefront. The Wateriders Classic Chicago Kayak Tour features 2.5 hours of paddling through Chicago's downtown river.

SPECIALTY CRUISES IN CHICAGO

Mercury Cruises
Tours depart from Riverside Gardens, 112 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Chicago
Book the company's most popular cruise, The Urban Adventure Cruise, giving groups a glimpse at the skyline and historic buildings while traveling along the Chicago River and Lakefront Harbor. Discounts are offered for groups of 20 or more.

Mystic Blue
Tours depart from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
On Mystic Blue, groups can enjoy breathtaking views from the largest picture windows of any ship on Navy Pier, and the three enclosed climate-controlled decks and modern rooftop lounge ensure a comfortable, upscale environment while enjoying a lunch, brunch or dinner cruise.

Odyssey Cruises
Tours depart from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Lakefront dining and exciting sightseeing are seamlessly combined during an upscale cruise, featuring brunch, lunch or dinner options. Guests will enjoy a gourmet meal while sailing along Lake Michigan, and a live DJ will keep the vibe fun yet relaxed.

Seadog
Tours depart from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Book the Extreme Thrill Ride for groups looking to experience a high-speed adventure along Lake Michigan. Zooming along at 45 miles per hour and including full 180 to 360-degree turns, the Seadog Extreme promises a thrill ride for groups. 

Spirit of Chicago
Tours depart from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
For lively groups, book the new Eat, Drink & B. Mary Brunch Cruise, available on Sundays. This buffet-style brunch on Lake Michigan features a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with fun options such as bacon-infused vodka and antipasto skewers.

WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS IN CHICAGO

Caffè Oliva
550 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Groups will love the lively vibe at this beachfront restaurant at Ohio Street Beach, where lakefront views are paired with casual fare such as salads, burgers and flatbreads.

Castaways Bar & Grill
1603 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
Bring groups to the rooftop at this North Avenue Beach bar and grill, where diners can look out onto the bustling beachfront while noshing on sandwiches and fresh salads. Or, head down to the first level to grab a scoop at the ice cream café.

The Dock at Montrose Beach
200 W. Montrose Harbor Dr., Chicago
Paninis, wraps and tacos are served at this casual beachfront eatery, where a lineup of live music rocks the beach all summer long.

Oak Street Beach
1001 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
Located on the sandy Oak Street Beach, this casual lakefront eatery features a menu packed with salads, burgers, tacos and tropical cocktails. Private events are available for groups of 25-200.


Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline
112 E. Wacker Dr. on Chicago's Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 332-1353
Mystic Blue Cruises
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 957-2634
Odyssey Cruises
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 957-2634
Seadog Cruises
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 345-3880
Spirit of Chicago
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(888) 957-2634
Chicago Line Cruises
Ogden Slip
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-2002
Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-9328
Castaways
1603 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610
(773) 281-1200
Wendella Sightseeing Boats
400 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-1446
Chicago's First Lady Cruises
112 E. Wacker Dr. on Chicago's Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
(847) 358-1330
Chicago Water Sport Rentals at 31st Street Harbor
3155 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60653
(312) 924-7994
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