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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 riverboat 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 tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Duration
    1h 15m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 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
    Exclusions
    • 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
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I and my husband spent the day in Navy Pier and one thing we did was the speed boat architecture at 1pm 10/25/19 , it was a great time despite the weather (cold) thanks to the awesome crew on deck. Also there was a gentleman who needed assistance with his walker and everyone was
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    Our tour guide Tyler was very knowledgeable and funny. Only thing the pizza place he suggested was not good.
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    The guide was very entertaining. The tour was nice and relaxing. And the speed boat ride at the end was pretty cool. Haven’t tried any of the other boat rides yet but I thought this one was worth it.
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    Shoreline sightseeing was an excellent trip the tour guide Viv was very knowledgeable and very informative fireworks were the best we’ve ever seen
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    The combination of the river cruise and the lake ride is great, and the speed changes are welcoming. Highly recommended.
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    About the operator
    By: Spirit of Chicago
    438 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    tomjean79
    Rock Falls
    31
    Mother/Daughter trip
    Wonderful time. We had a good meal and enjoyed the fireworks at Navy Pier along with beautiful views of Chicago at
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    Shirley W
    50
    Super nice to see the city from afar!
    Good food and great service. Nice ship with lots of space to spread out as well as a DJ and dance floor for
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    Navigator547585
    20
    NOT A PLEASANT ONE
    The length of cruise was not completed due to bad weather but the staff and DJ did not entertained the guests
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    Bethany0519
    10
    Speed Dog
    I and my husband spent the day in Navy Pier and one thing we did was the speed boat architecture at 1pm 10/25/19 ,
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    RSP86o6
    Bengaluru, India
    40
    Fun lunch and awesome views
    Loved the views from the cruise . food was equally good . The day was nice and bright so the colors of the lake
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    cjkiasa
    10
    Work-Sponsored Event
    What a great night cruising on the lake! Delicious dinner, dancing, and what a view. A night to remember!
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    maryc-nuskin
    83
    Good food
    It was a rainy night and they wouldn't take our paper ticket. We had to wait at a booth (which wasn't manned) in
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    enjoytravelingmore
    60
    Fun Evening
    Perfect start to our Chicago trip. I had never been to Chicago and thoroughly enjoyed being on the water and
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    Bill246
    Cape Cod
    311148
    Nice night views of the city
    The buffet dinner was better than expected as we are not really fans of buffets. The night views of the city were
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    Daynelis M
    10
    Architecture tour
    Our tour guide Tyler was very knowledgeable and funny. Only thing the pizza place he suggested was not good.
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    JimJoanne
    Meridian, Idaho
    72
    Beautiful night views of the city
    We had a couple days on our visit to Chicago, and my husband insisted that we book a dinner cruise. After looking
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    Vinie P
    40
    Fun and relaxing
    The guide was very entertaining. The tour was nice and relaxing. And the speed boat ride at the end was pretty
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    Michigancold
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    7031
    Beautiful skyline!
    What a fantastic way to see the city lights! Beautiful set up, great boat with glass sides and ceiling. Easy to
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    JF545
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    16448
    Perfect midwest evening for the cruise
    The cruise was lovely. We had perfect weather although we didn't go beyond the breakwall so I don't imagine it
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    L N
    10
    KayCee's Birtday Bash
    The crew, the boat and the food were ALL Amazing. The DJ played wide variety of dance music to get the guests in
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