City Cruises Chicago
City Cruises Chicago
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
City Cruises offers the most fun and exciting ways to see the city. Choose from a 75-minute river and lake architectural tour, a 30-minute speedboat lake tour, or Seadog's newest doggie, the Seadog Extreme which, at 30% faster than her doggie siblings, features exhilarating high speeds and 180-360 degree spins. Seadog also offers Lakefront Firework Tours Memorial Day - Labor Day! We welcome day-of reservations. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are looking to cruise today!
Chicago, United States

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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Cynthia S
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Family
Very cool architecture cruise.. captain sea dog and pat are the absolute best tour guides!!! Very worth it.
Written 29 September 2023
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Ciara
17 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We were booked on the 1.15pm tour but missed it as we were at the wrong location but the lady at the information desk kindly swapped our tickets for the later 5.15pm trip! The boat tour was great and our guide Jake was very knowledgeable about all things architecture and Chicago. He made the tour very fun and we had a great laugh.
Written 22 September 2023
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Hi Ciara! We're glad to hear that despite the initial confusion, our team at the information desk was able to accommodate you. It's great to know that you enjoyed the boat tour and found our guide Jake knowledgeable and fun. We appreciate your feedback!
Written 22 September 2023
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Jerry1971
Cambridge, UK107 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Welcome aboard the 'Seeeeeaaaadog, Woof!'

We enjoyed the architecture tour during our recent stay in Chicago, which coupled the Seadog's excellent fun ride around Lake Michigan with a trip through the Chicago Locks leading to a fantastic tour around the Chicago River. Jake was our superb guide, he brought Chicago to life with his larger than life narrative which he delivered with a genius element of comic timing. This guy is wasted on a boat!

I'm afraid I cannot remember the names of our other crew members, but they were both excellent, as was the whole experience. We booked online ahead of our trip but given that we rode at the end of August it was a relatively quiet time in Chicago and that made for a wonderful experience on board. There are countless operators offering architecture tours in Chicago, I am so glad we picked one which coupled a blast of humour with a blast of fresh air as we wizzed around the lake area, it was a perfect way to see just a little of an amazing City.
Written 11 September 2023
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Jerry1971, thank you for your glowing review of our architecture tour on the Seadog! We're thrilled to hear that Jake provided an entertaining and informative experience. We're glad you enjoyed the quiet time in Chicago and had a wonderful time onboard. We appreciate your kind words!
Written 17 September 2023
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Pritesh G
3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Business
We went in the Sea Dog architectural toor to finish off an intense work trip. Jake was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The tour itself was very peaceful and informative. I especially loved the exciting end where we went at speed through the lake. I highly recommend this tour.
Written 8 September 2023
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PaigeLO
Charleston, SC144 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
If you are interested in actually seeing the planes, etc for the Air & Water Show, this is not the cruise for you. We had returned to the dock before the main event (this year the Thunderbirds) took off, so we were blocked by the hotel that is across from the boat slip and could only see a small portion of the show finale. Also, you never leave the area of Navy pier, the boat hovers around in the same spot, so you can barely see most of the show. There was no commentary to follow along with, so we could not tell which performance we were look at in the distance. We were very disappointed that we chose this instead of a cruise that actually makes its way up the lake to where you can see the planes. And for my fellow mimosa drinkers – the mimosa package was discontinued 45 minutes before the end of the cruise. This was not clear when we added it to our tickets. Luckily the bartenders were great and what few mimosas we did receive were made well. The food was OK, not a huge selection, but enough to feed everyone. I do not recommend this specific cruise. Others I have been on were worth the money – this one was not.
Written 6 September 2023
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Hannah H
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Friends
Jake was incredibly funny. He was well spoken. I went with a group of adults from a residential facility to the blind, and he made sure to describe everything for us. He was even funny when he explained the safety rules and the history of Chicago, as well as the historic landmarks around us. I would definitely go again if Jake was my tour guide. He told us that you are not supposed to go on the trip if you have a bad back or a bad attitude. He was the best. PS don’t worry; I was one of the adults on that boat. I just look young.
Written 30 August 2023
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Debbie I
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Did the Chicago Seadog Extreme Thrill Ride with my husband and adult children and it was a blast! We got wet (ponchos were helpful) and the staff was great! Captain Matt gave us a thrilling ride and the music he played made it even more enjoyable! It’s an exciting boat ride, but there are also moments where you can just take in the beautiful Chicago skyline. I plan on going again!
Written 21 August 2023
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Leidei
Aletra Dillard32 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Skunk was amazing. It was clear that he loved his job and the city of Chicago. He shared facts about the city, himself and made the tour enjoyable. The ride showed the beautiful skyline and his info helped us plan what else to do while visiting. I loved the speed of the boat. I didn’t realize we would get so wet. Drenched actually but it was a hot day and I appreciated it. 10 out 10 would recommend. When I go back I will do the longer tour.
Written 13 August 2023
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Garret
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Boat tour of the river and ride on the lake were enjoyable experiences. However, when the sun set and we entered the lock for our return, hundreds of spiders emerged from under the seats across all areas of the boat. The spiders were quite large and potentially harmful. We were not offered any type of discount or refund, just some jokes about spiders from the guide.
Written 12 August 2023
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cooldude2003us
Illinois32 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
First of all, my ride was canceled due to the weather. I would have enjoyed going on the extreme ride with a friend and her daughter, but due to safety it was canceled. The reason why I gave city experiences a 5 star rating is that they gave me a refund(because I purchased the insurance)and were very professional. So if you do purchase a ride get the insurance to guarantee a refund.
Written 26 July 2023
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