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One of Chicago's greatest features is its lakefront, offering all sorts of recreational opportunities. A favorite pastime is a sightseeing boat cruise. Options include speedboat rides, architectural Chicago River tours, sailboat outings, lunch and dinner cruises and more. Tours depart from Navy Pier, the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue, or Burnham Harbor near Museum Campus.

On an architectural cruise, learn about the city’s oldest to most modern skyscrapers and discover historical tidbits you may not have known. At Navy Pier, there are several cruise options for lunch, dinner, brunch, cocktails and more, from upscale to casual. Several boats also feature entertainment and dancing. You can even take a water taxi between Navy Pier and Museum Campus.

General sightseeing tours are typically 45 to 90 minutes in duration, either on Lake Michigan, the Chicago River or both, in which case you will go through the Chicago Locks to get from one to the other. At opposite ends of the spectrum, you can choose a calm, laid-back tour on one of the schooner sailboats or dare an extreme thrill ride on the Seadog speedboat. Whichever cruise you choose, we are sure you will have a memorable experience!
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Guide to Chicago Cruise Boats

Name Neighborhood Address/City/State/Zip Phone

Anita Dee Yacht Charters

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL


Anita Dee offers 45-minute public sightseeing cruises afternoons and evenings from April through October. Cruises depart from Navy Pier.

Chicago Line Cruises

River North

465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago, IL


Chicago Line offers daily 90-minute historical and architectural cruises on Lake Michigan and/or the Chicago River. Cruises run seasonally, Spring through Fall.

Chicago's First Lady


112 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL


Chicago's First Lady, in conjunction with the Chicago Architectural Foundation, offers a 90-minute Architectural River Cruise, which runs several times daily approximately May through November.

Mystic Blue Cruises

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL


Mystic Blue is a contemporary sightseeing cruise ship offering buffet-style lunch, brunch and dinner excursions, as well as special themed events. Enjoy DJ entertainment and dancing too.

Odyssey Cruises

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL


Odyssey Cruises offers sophisticated morning, afternoon and evening lakefront cruises with live entertainment and dancing. Lunch and dinner cruises feature plated meals; brunch cruises are served buffet style.

Red Witch Tall Ship

Museum Campus

599 E. Waldron Dr., Chicago, IL


Board the Red Witch, a 77-foot Schooner, for a relaxing lakefront sightseeing cruise. Red Witch is a registered Tall Ship docked in Burnham Harbor.

Seadog Speedboat Cruises

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL


Seadog Cruises offers exciting and informative speedboat rides and architectural tours departing from Navy Pier. Choose a 30-minute Extreme Thrill Ride, a 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Ride or 75-minute Lakefront Speedboat Ride with River Architectural Tour.

Shoreline Sightseeing

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL


Shoreline Sightseeing offers a Lake Michigan boat tour and a Chicago River architectural cruise; the architectural cruise is highly recommended by Must See Chicago. They also provide water taxi service.

Spirit of Chicago

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL


The Spirit of Chicago offers a Lake Michigan skyline cruise with dining, dancing and live entertainment. Choose a lunch buffet, plated dinner or specialty cruise. Cruises depart from Navy Pier.

Wendella Boats


400 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL


Wendella Boats offers a 60-minute Chicago River Architecture Tour and a 90-minute Combined Lake and River Tour where you can discover Chicago's architectural heritage. Tours depart from the Wrigley Building at the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue.

Windy Tall Ship

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Avenue , Chicago, IL


Windy is a 148-foot Schooner and registered Class A Tall Ship featuring a variety of cruises with themes such as pirates, architecture, haunted harbors and the life of a sailor, some feature live entertainment. Windy is docked at Navy Pier.

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