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Chicago River Boat Tour
Activities in Chicago

Chicago River Boat Tour

  • English English
  • 75 minutes

Cruising down the Chicago River is one of the greatest ways to get to know this iconic city. Sail past its towering skyline and discover how Chicago became the birthplace of the skyscraper.

Chicago River Boat Tour Itinerary

Your boat trip will set sail from the famous Michigan Avenue Bridge Dock, also known as the DuSable Bridge, cruising down the main branch of the Chicago River in the direction of the East Bank Club. As you sail along the river, you'll see some of the city's most emblematic buildings towering above you, including the Willis Tower, the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building.

On board the boat, you'll hear all about the history of the buildings, the architecture and the engineering that made Chicago the pioneer in the construction of skyscrapers, and the home of modern American architecture. What's more, your guide will reveal curious facts about the city, for example, why the river's waterflow was reversed in a groundbreaking feat of engineering.

The sightseeing boat tour of Chicago River will come to an end after approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, returning to the original departure point. 

Winter Cruise

Due to local weather conditions, between the 1st of November and the 15th of April the cruise will last 60 minutes instead of the normal 75.


Adults Children between 3 and 12 years old Children under 3 years old
Boat trip
US$ 43.68
US$ 22.50

Boat trip

  • Adults

    US$ 43.7
  • Children between 3 and 12 years old

    US$ 22.5
  • Children under 3 years old


More Information


75 minutes.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.


Boat trip.

English speaking guide.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up to 2 days before (Chicago local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 43.68
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Meeting point

Michigan Avenue.


Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.