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CRUISES & BOATING ON THE CHICAGO RIVERWALK

When it comes to fun on the water, your options are endless on the Chicago Riverwalk. Cruises and boat trips of every kind are just a moment away.

Chicago Cycleboats 

151-155 W Riverwalk South

Get a bit of a workout while taking in the calm waters of the Chicago River on Chicago Cycleboats. This is a highly social, active adventure that’s perfect to take with family and friends – and you’re sure to make new friends while you’re at it. You also have the option of reserving the entire boat for a special occasion. The Cycleboat seats 14-16 (10 can pedal at once) and rides are 90 minutes long.

www.chicagocycleboats.com
312-644-6411

Chicago Electric Boat Company

27 W Riverwalk South

The Chicago Electric Boat Company offers hourly electric boat rentals on the Chicago River for up to 12 people. When it comes to manning a boat, nothing could be easier. Not only are you seeing the city from a fabulous point of view, but you’re being kind to the environment as well. Hourly rates start at $150. Walk-ins and reservations are welcome.

www.chicagoelectricboats.com
312-644-6411

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

112 E Wacker Dr

Chicago's First Lady Architecture CruisePhoto: Adam Alexander Photography​

What to know everything about Chicago's rich architectural history? Then hop aboard the Official Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises, named a “Top 10 Tour in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor reviewers. Expert CAF-certified volunteer docents provide insights into over 53 significant buildings and bridges from the comfort of open-air upper decks or interior climate-controlled salons. Each boat offers a fully stocked bar. Cruises are scheduled from April through November. Tickets are available at the dockside box office or in advance online. Private evening charters also are available for groups of 2-250.

www.cruisechicago.com

Chicago Water Taxi

105 W Riverwalk South

Wendella water taxi on the Chicago RiverwalkPhoto: Ranvestel Photography

This is by far the most picturesque way to commute around downtown Chicago. The Chicago Water Taxi operates on a closed loop route connecting you with seven dock locations. It’s a quick and cost-effective way to get to your destination, while taking in the sights and architecture that Chicago is famous for.

www.chicagowatertaxi.com - Riverwalk-Clark-Street

Island Party Hut Docks & Charters 

355 E Riverwalk South

Island Party Boats are all about floating tiki bars and water slides! If you’re looking for fun on the water, this is definitely it.

www.islandpartyhut.com

Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline

112 E Wacker Dr

Mercury SightseeingPhoto: Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline

Chicago’s rich history comes to life on the waters of the Chicago River. Tours include the daytime Urban Adventure Cruise and specialty summer cruises such as the evening Chicago By Night Cruise and Wednesday/Saturday evening 3D Fireworks Cruises. There’s even a Canine Cruise, Chicago’s only cruise for dogs! Cruises are scheduled daily from May through October.

www.mercurycruises.com

Urban Kayaks

435 E Riverwalk South

Kayaks at the CovePhoto: Ranvestel Photography

Urban Kayaks offers kayak tours and rentals on the Chicago River, with options catered to every ability level. Open on the Riverwalk just east of Columbus 9am-7pm Mon-Sun. 

www.urbankayaks.com

Wendella Sightseeing

400 N Michigan Ave

Wendella water taxi on the Chicago RiverwalkPhoto: Ranvestel Photographic

Wendella Sightseeing has been family owned and operated since 1935, so it’s a bit of a Chicago tradition, particularly when it comes to Chicago's Original Architecture Tour®. Located at the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Wendella provides a comfortable, affordable, fun way to enjoy Chicago’s waterways.

www.wendellaboats.com

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