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Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to Navy Pier to meet your guide and tour group. Board the river boat for the first portion of the tour, a relaxing cruise up the Chicago River.

    Pass the Tribune Tower and the Willis Tower, among dozens of other landmark buildings. Learn about Chicago's architectural history, including its pioneering role in the popularity of skyscrapers from your guide. Hear how the flow of the Chicago River was reversed, a feat of modern engineering. Ride through the historic locks that separate the Chicago River from Lake Michigan.

    After the leisurely river cruise, board a speedboat for a high-speed ride along the shores of Lake Michigan with views of the spectacular Chicago city skyline. Pass the Museum Campus, home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum. Zip along the edge of Grant Park, which features the impressive Buckingham Fountain and then admire views of the Chicago Harbor.

    Return to your starting point at Navy Pier after your 75-minute tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    1h 15m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Passage through the historic Chicago River locks and up the Chicago River to Sears Tower
    • Architectural tour and speedboat ride on Lake Michigan
    • Gratuities
    • Local fees and taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Seadog Chicago
    • Entry/Admission - Chicago River
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Coast Guard regulations require a photo ID for each guest to board
    • All cruises are weather permitting
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    Shoreline sightseeing was an excellent trip the tour guide Viv was very knowledgeable and very informative fireworks were the best we’ve ever seen

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Q3417KSmichaels
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    The combination of the river cruise and the lake ride is great, and the speed changes are welcoming. Highly recommended.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Quan N
    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    We did the 7:15 pm tour but with with slight delay left about 7:45. Started with thrill ride on Lake Michigan and it was awesome! The breeze was warm and felt great. Then on to Illinois River for the architectural tour and it was so...More

    Thank Jennifer S
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    This was the perfect way to start our visit to the Windy City! Our tour guide was informative and very entertaining. If there's only one thing you do while in Chicago, I would highly recommend this tour!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank lippfromDenver
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    We enjoyed tour and our guide was wonderful. He was very informative a we toured the river portion. I would recommend

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Kim W
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    Geraldine C
    1 September 2018|
    Response from silviem2017 | Reviewed this property |
    I believe they will refund you the money, I heard something about that and I think that’s what they said. But I am not certain. If it’s a good day you will have lots of fun, it’s a great tour. :)
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