10 Chicago boat tours to do this summer – NBC Chicago

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Chicago’s lakeside walks are memorable and the rooftop bars offer plenty of picturesque views, but one of the best ways in summer to see the city is from the deck of a boat.

Views of the city’s world-famous architecture and the Chicago skyline are captured on a Chicago River or Lake Michigan cruise, with many tours offering unique insights into the culture and the history of the city.

Here’s a roundup of the different Chicago boat tours to do this summer, a favorite activity for tourists and locals alike.

Skyline Lake Tour

A 40-minute tour of Lake Michigan with views of landmarks such as Willis Tower, 875 N. Michigan (the former John Hancock Building), Aqua Tower, St. Regis Chicago and more.

Tickets range from $26 to $29 for adults, $10 to $12 for children, and free for children 2 and under.

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Chicago Architecture Center – First Lady of Chicago

The 90-minute Chicago River tour includes indoor and outdoor seating, a full-service bar and snack bar, and detailed narration of Chicago’s many architectural styles and stories.

Tickets range from $51 for a daytime river cruise to $55 for an evening cruise.

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Sailing the Chicago Skyline

A 75-minute scenic cruise around Lake Michigan on a traditional tall ship. Choose between the Pirates and Maritime Stories Tour at 1pm, the Architecture and Skyline Tour at 3pm and 5pm, and the Sunset and Skyline Tour at 7pm

Tickets start at $39 for ages 13 and up, $17 for ages 2-12, and $1 for infants.

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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

A 90-minute historic tour on the Chicago River in the comfort of an open-deck boat with views of the Civic Opera House, Wrigley Building, Willis Tower and more.

Adult tickets start at $49. Tickets for students under 18, seniors, military, veterans, COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders are $25.

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Lake Michigan Fireworks Cruise

Every Wednesday and Saturday night, experience the fireworks over Lake Michigan up close.

The cruise lasts two hours and tickets start at $50 for adults, $20.00 for children (4-12 years old) and free for children 4 and under.

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Speedboat ride on Lake Michigan

A 30-minute speedboat tour of Chicago along Lake Michigan, including city skyline views and several landmarks along the way.

Tickets start at $36 for adults and $25 for children (ages 3-12). Babies under 3 years old are free.

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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

A 90-minute scenic cruise along the Chicago River and the shores of Lake Michigan with views of Chicago landmarks such as Marina City, the Chicago Skydeck at Willis Tower, and Navy Pier.

Prices start at $42 for adults, $18 for kids ages 5-15, and free for kids under 5.

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Chicago Architecture Cruise

On this 75-minute tour, you’ll see the 360 ​​Chicago Observation Deck, the Willis (Sears) Tower, the Wrigley Building, and the Lyric Opera House, as well as buildings created by famed architects Mies van der Rohe , Helmut Jahn, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill.

Adult tickets are $43-$47, children 3-12 are $24-$28, and children 2 and under are free.

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Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise

A two-hour 3D fireworks cruise sailing weekly from the Chicago Riverwalk on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer months. Enjoy a musical soundtrack and fireworks while wearing free “3D” glasses.

Prices start at $45 for adults, $20 for kids 5-5, and free for kids under 5.

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45-minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

A 45-minute family-friendly architectural tour that features live commentary on Chicago’s architectural history and heritage, as well as landmarks such as the Chicago Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower.

Adult tickets start at $25.00, children (4-12) are $10.00 and children under 4 are free (ticket required).

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