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Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline
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112 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago IL 60601

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From an unbeatable view of the fireworks to summertime cruises with a canine companion,
Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline launched its 2023 season on May 13 with a slate of family-friendly daytime and evening cruises on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

Founded in the 1930s, Mercury Cruises is a cornerstone of Chicago’s Riverwalk offering city, regional and cross-country visitors front-row seats to the city’s breathtaking skyline.

To further enhance accessibility for guests, Mercury Cruises will provide complimentary language translation services for the first time. Guests will have the opportunity to listen to a pre-recorded tour narration on their smartphone in four different languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese
and Korean. The translation service is accessible by downloading a free app that connects directly to a special wi-fi network onboard. The narration is triggered based on the location of the vessel at that time in the tour’s route, which will help ensure those who use the technology have the same experience as others listening to live narration.

Known for lively local tour guides, Mercury Cruises’ tours zip across the Chicago River into the heart of the city and onto Lake Michigan, offering guided narration and 360-degree, selfie-worthy views of the city’s famous skyline. The tours feature unparalleled views of iconic landmarks and skyscrapers—from the Willis Tower and Marina City to 875 N. Michigan Ave. (formerly the John Hancock Building), the St. Regis Chicago and famed lakefront Museum Campus.

Professional tour guide narrations offer a local’s take on Chicago, informing guests about the city’s best dining options, sports and entertainment destinations, in addition to its storied architecture. Mercury’s vessel offers amenities to keep your family comfortable including optional climate-controlled indoor seating, restrooms and a full-service bar to complement the voyage.

2023 Schedule

Mercury Cruises offers the following daytime and evening tours, departing from 112 E. Wacker on
Chicago’s Riverwalk, near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Priority boarding tickets are also available.

Guests may purchase tickets online at or the Mercury Cruiseline ticket window, located at 112 E. Wacker Dr., Riverwalk level. For groups, please call 312-332-1368 or email for special group rates and additional information.

Urban Adventure Cruise

Mercury Cruises’ signature 90-minute narrated tour dazzles guests of all ages with stunning views of Chicago’s legendary skyscrapers and bridges while gliding along the main branch of the Chicago River, through the Chicago Harbor Lock and into the downtown harbor of Lake Michigan.

Now through July 7

90-minute Cruise departs daily at 10:00am, 12:15pm, 2:30pm and select days at 4:45pm and
Cost: $49 for adults (priority boarding) $44 for adults (general); $25 for kids under 15 (priority boarding) $20 for kids under 15 (general); free for children under five

Now through October 1

Departing at 10:00am, 12:15pm, 2:30pm & select days at 4:45pm & 7:00pm


Guests will be captivated by the sparkling skyline and Buckingham Fountain’s dazzling light display on this 90-minute river and lakefront evening cruise featuring live narration.

Beginning May 27 through September 2

90-minute nightly cruise on select nights at 8:15pm: please visit for departure times.

Cost: $55 for adults (priority boarding) $47 for adults (general boarding); $27 for kids under
15 (priority boarding) $22 for kids under 15 (general boarding); free for children under five.

3D Fireworks Cruise

This 2-hour cruise provides a relaxing experience along the city’s unforgettable nighttime skyline after a busy day at work, at home or out sightseeing capped off with a spectacular firework display every Wednesday and Saturday. Complimentary 3D glasses add to the viewing fun.

Beginning May 27 through September 2

2-hour Mercury’s 3D Fireworks Cruise: Departs Wednesdays at 8:15pm (river only) and Saturdays at 8:45 (lake only).

Cost: $55 for adults (priority boarding) $47 for adults (general boarding); $27 for kids under 15 (priority boarding) $22 for kids under 15 (general boarding); free for children under five; ticket price includes complimentary 3D Fireworks glasses.

Mercury’s Canine Cruise

Mercury’s Canine Cruise is Chicago’s only weekend cruise where pooches and their people embark on a 90-minute getaway with plenty of spacious outdoor seating and water bowls. The canine-centric cruise includes a narrated tour of the city’s famous skyline and dog-friendly sites such as dog parks, fire hydrants and dining hotspots. Leashes are required on this cruise.

Beginning July 8 through October 1 (Howl-O-Ween Cruise Dates TBA)

90-minute Cruise departs weekly at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cost: $49 for adults (priority boarding) $44 for adults (general boarding); $25 for kids
under 15 (priority boarding) $20 for kids under 15 (general boarding); Dogs $10 and free for children under five.

Science Is Fun! Cruise

School, summer camp and scout groups can reserve this 90-minute science-themed cruise that gives children a memorable, educational experience through hands-on, interactive science experiments and sweeping skyline views. The cruise turns kids into scientists for the day and educates them about the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, how a skyscraper is built and the invasive species that threaten city waters.

Tour is available for groups only and scheduled on select weekdays by request.Individual tickets are not offered. For group reservations and additional information, please contact 312-332-1368 or

Services Offered

Wheelchair Accessible

Student Tours

Group Charter/Sightseeing

Motorcoach ParkingOn-site

Average Visit/Tour Length2-3 Hours

Group Capacity250

Group Discounts Available



Student Group Friendly

Special Interest Tours Offered

Reservations Accepted


Self-Parking AvailableOff-site

Food On-siteOTHER

Open Seasonally

Hours of Operation10am-9pm


Preferred Catering Providers

On-site Audio/Visual Equipment

In-house/Exclusive Caterer(s)

Complete Buy-out Available

Max Capacity, Reception Style (Standing)250

Max Venue Capacity250

Private Meeting Space Available


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