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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

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Cruise down the Chicago River to see the city's famous architecture on this boat tour. With commentary from your onboard guide, watch the spectacular skyline glide by, including more than 40 notable buildings like Navy Pier, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Building. Cover all three branches of the Chicago River, passing the East Bank Club, the old Post Office Building and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD46.87
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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

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Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD42.00
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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise
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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

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Take in iconic views of the beautiful Chicago lakefront and its many landmarks during this Lake Michigan sightseeing boat cruise. Climb aboard your vessel for a laid-back ride, enjoying panoramic views of the Windy City's skyline from a unique perspective. Along the way, you'll listen to informative commentary and take in views of the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower, along with many other landmarks. Plus feel free to bring your own lunch or grab a drink at the onboard bar, during your ride.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD28.34
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

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Step aboard a boat for a comprehensive cruise that details the history of Chicago's architecture. Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline accompanied by architecture-focused commentary that points out each of the landmark buildings. As you cruise through Lake Michigan, snap photos of you and your party against the stretch of Chicago's 26-mile shoreline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD42.00
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Chicago Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan
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Chicago Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan

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Perfect for families, groups, and corporate outings, the Spirit of Chicago lunch cruise lets you kick back and enjoy a great meal while taking in the sights of Chicago's most famed landmarks. See and photograph the dramatic city skyline, Navy Pier, Soldier Field, and Shedd Aquarium. The cruise includes a delicious buffet lunch with salads, entrees, desserts, and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages. There's also a DJ, games, and a dance floor to keep your group entertained.
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  • 2 hours
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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

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Get a front row perspective on the exquisite buildings that line the Chicago River during a 45-minute architecture cruise. Hear live commentary about the history and architectural heritage of Chicago on this family-friendly tour, which highlights landmarks such as the Chicago Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower. Sit on the open-air top deck or the sheltered bottom deck for the ultimate view of Chicago.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Sunset Cruise
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Chicago Sunset Cruise

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Drink in a one-of-a-kind perspective on the Windy City when you go for an evening cruise, perfectly timed to coincide with the sunset. Hop aboard your open-top vessel in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, and cruise along the Chicago River, where your guide will point out architectural highlights. Then, see the skyline from a distance, and watch the skyscrapers light up, when you continue to Lake Michigan for a sunset viewing.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship
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Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship

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Escape the bustle of the city on a sailboat tour through Lake Michigan with a convenient departure from Navy Pier. The cruise offers plenty of frame–worthy photo opportunities, including sweeping views of the Chicago skyline rarely seen by visitors. As a popular choice for both locals and visitors, your experience is guaranteed to be family–friendly and tailored to your needs. Select from Pirates and Maritime Stories Sail at 1pm, Skyline/Architectural Theme at 3pm and 5pm, and Skyline Sunset Sail at 7pm. This sail is approximately 75 minutes. The ship leaves promptly at the scheduled time, please allow for time to park, off the pier if necessary.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD49.00
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Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan

Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan

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Take a gourmet dinner cruise on a high-end luxury yacht with the stunning skyline of Chicago serving as your backdrop. Climb aboard your recently renovated vessel, featuring a sumptuously-appointed rooftop lounge and stylish interior design, for your cruise along Lake Michigan. Then sit down for a 3-course dinner, informed by some of the world’s top celebrity chefs and composed of fresh ingredients cooked right on-board. After dinner, enjoy coffee and tea, captivating views of Chicago landmarks like the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and Navy Pier, plus musical entertainment provided by the onboard DJ.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady

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Enjoy a quintessential Chicago experience when you go on an architecture-themed river tour. Pick from multiple convenient start times, and board your vessel—the Lady Liberty—directly from the Chicago Riverwalk. Your trained docent guides will give you a rich introduction to the Windy City’s history, key landmarks, and architectural highlights—and you can spy landmarks like the Marina City towers and Navy Pier from the water’s edge.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

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Chicago is famous for its architecture, and the best way to see it is on a cruise down the Chicago River. Glide by historic and modern marvels like the Civic Opera House, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower from the comfort of an open-deck boat. Live narration reveals each building’s fascinating history, so you'll learn more than you would just observing on your own.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions

Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions

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The easiest and most affordable way to explore some of Chicago's top attractions at your own pace, the Chicago Explorer Pass by Go City saves you up to 40 percent off compared to buying individual attraction tickets. Create your own sightseeing itinerary by choosing 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions, tours, and activities from among more than 25 top sites, including SkyDeck, 360 Chicago, the Field Museum, a shoreline sightseeing cruise, a hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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Chicago Signature Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan
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Chicago Signature Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan

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Make your evening in Chicago one to remember with this luxury sunset cruise featuring dinner, sightseeing and dancing along the shores of Lake Michigan. Feast your eyes on incredible views of iconic Windy City sights like Navy Pier, the Willis (Sears) Tower, Buckingham Fountain and Soldier Field, then fill your belly with a bountiful all-you-can-eat buffet. Continue the celebration with a live DJ who will mix up a selection of dance favorites.
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  • 3 hours
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30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride
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30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

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Zoom along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, zipping past famous landmarks as you go, during this exhilarating speedboat ride in Chicago. Climb aboard your 2,000-horsepower speed boat at Navy Pier, then hang on for the ride of a lifetime, as you zip past famous attractions like the Willis Tower, Grant Park, and Buckingham Fountain, pausing to learn a little about the history and architecture of the Windy City along the way.
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  • 30 minutes
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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

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See the the Second City from the water with a sightseeing cruise along the Chicago River and the Lake Michigan shoreline. Take in towering skyscrapers and spot the gargoyles that live on to of the city’s historic buildings. Hear stories about the city’s history and culture as you pass Chicago landmarks, museums and iconic buildings. Capture unforgettable images of the city skyline from Lake Michigan, and get a unique look at Chicago that’s perfect for all ages.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise on Lake Michigan
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Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise on Lake Michigan

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Enjoy Chicago’s fireworks in 3D during a 2-hour boat cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Before the fireworks begin, learn about the history of The Windy City as your boat cruises along the waterfront, passing sights including Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus and the John Hancock Building. Hear informative commentary from your onboard guide about the landmarks, the locks system and more, then sit back with the best seats in the city for the spectacular fireworks show.
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  • 2 hours
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45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk
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45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk

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Enjoy unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline—and glimpse many of the city’s top landmarks—on this architectural boat tour. Pick from multiple convenient departure times, and hop aboard the open-air vessel right off the Chicago Riverwalk. As you trawl the Chicago River, spy skyscrapers and historical marvels from the Willis Tower to the Wrigley Building, and learn all about the Windy City’s world-famous architecture from your guide’s narration.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago by Night: 90 Minute River and Lakefront Cruise

Chicago by Night: 90 Minute River and Lakefront Cruise

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Discover the beauty of Chicago at night during a 1.5-hour cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Watch the city sparkle as you pass landmarks such as Museum Campus, Willis Tower, Aon Center and the John Hancock Building, and the illuminated waters of Buckingham Fountain. You'll learn about the history of the city from live commentary by your knowledgeable guide as you glide along the waterfront of Chicago.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago’s Famous Friday Night Pirates Pub Sail Aboard 148' Tall Ship Windy
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Chicago’s Famous Friday Night Pirates Pub Sail Aboard 148' Tall Ship Windy

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Experience Lake Michigan from a perspective rare to visitors and locals alike on a pirate–themed sailboat tour. Your guides tell true but little–known stories about pirates, battles, and treasure hunts as you cruise past sweeping views of the Chicago skyline. Relax on deck while or join your guides for an interactive experience—the flexibility of the tour makes this a popular choice for families with children.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Educational Tour and Sail Aboard Chicago's Official Flagship Windy 148' Schooner
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Educational Tour and Sail Aboard Chicago's Official Flagship Windy 148' Schooner

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Get views of Chicago's famous architecture from the deck of a boat during this sailing excursion. Learn about the people, plans, and persistence that shaped Chicago's architecture along the shoreline. Hear about the city's historical maritime roots to modern science and technology through your guide's commentary while taking advantage of great photo ops. Choose between an afternoon or early evening departure and relax as you enjoy the sights. 
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Chicago Tour
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Best of Chicago Tour

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Have only a short stay planned in the Windy City? See the best of Chicago in just half a day on this small-group tour. Following hotel pickup, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to two observation points: Skydeck Chicago at the Willis Tower and the 360 Chicago Observation Deck in the John Hancock Center offer spectacular city panoramas. Next, head to Millennium Park, go on an architecture river cruise, discover Buckingham Fountain, and more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago River Tiki Bar Cruise from Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago River Tiki Bar Cruise from Chicago Riverwalk

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Chicago is well known for its architecture and many visitors admire the buildings on a cruise along the Chicago River. Take your river cruise to the next level aboard a floating tiki bar that allows you to take in all the sights with a drink in hand. Your captain also enhances the atmosphere with island tunes as you enjoy your leisurely sail.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Chicago Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Buffet
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Chicago Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Enjoy a memorable, one-of-a-kind night out on Lake Michigan aboard this combination dinner, dancing, and sightseeing cruise. Make your own way to Navy Pier, and set off as the evening begins. You can admire views of Chicago’s picture-perfect skyline as the sun starts to set. While on board, take advantage of the all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, drinks to purchase, a DJ-helmed soundtrack, and even a fireworks display (weather permitting).
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  • 3 hours
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
"The tour guide was amazing. Very informative, and nice. Beautiful buildings. Good price. Great drinks."..."
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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
"John, our tour guide was great. Very knowledgable and funny and responsive to the crowd. A natural..."..."
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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise
"Good Overall Experience. The crew members were really friendly and helpful. One of them even offered to take our pictures, that was so thoughtful. Nice views of the Chicago skyline."..."
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour
"The colorful narratives and knowledgeable tidbits as related by our guide. The various architectural styles of buildings were amazing"..."
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Chicago Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan
"Champagne when I first walked unto the boat was nice and refreshing. The sun came out which we thought it may rain."..."
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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
"Nice trip, friendly staff, would recommend. Took the 45mins drive, enjoyed the views and being in the river!"..."
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Chicago Sunset Cruise
"The staff was wonderful along with the views! The boat was very clean and the going through the locks was magnificent"..."
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Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship
"The crew were engaging and made certain safety was practiced. The history lesson was great… but a megaphone would have been a great asset in order to hear everything. Great trip that all must go on while in Chicago!"..."
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Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan
"Great time with my wife and friends. Wonderful views of Chicago. If your not expecting the Ritz you will enjoy it."..."
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Chicago Architecture Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady
"The tour guide was wonderful: entertaining and especially knowledgeable. We learned so much about Chicago architecture over time, about the history and development of Chicago and of the river itself. Everyone had good seats and the views were terrific!"..."
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
"Great tour. Rick was our driver and tour guide. He was excellent. Well worth the price. Given this was a minibus tour it was a small group of people. I think there were eight of us. Much nicer than a big crowded bus."..."
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Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
"David our tour guide is great and very informative. we had a blast. We recommend this trip to both locals and out of state residents."..."
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Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions
"Had the perfect weather to do the outdoor things during the day and later at night did the indoor things ! We saved so much money doing the City Pass !!"..."
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Chicago Signature Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan
"Had a fun filled dinner cruise great food and music. Nice size dance floor. Great upper and lower deck experience."..."
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30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride
"Love this tour, the tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable the weather was very nice as well , I highly recommend this tour"..."
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Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise
"This trip was our favorite experience while in Chicago. We are a family if 6 and it was enjoyable for all ages 8 through 50. Sarah the tour guide was amazing, loved her! We would do this again"..."
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Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise on Lake Michigan
"I must share I was disappointed on the 4th my son miss the trip due to address but the rep issued new tickets for the next week thanks enjoyed"..."
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45-Minute Chicago Architecture Boat Tour from Chicago Riverwalk
"Tour guide was knowledgeable and full of humor. I would definitely recommend this tour. It was a beautiful night"..."
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Chicago by Night: 90 Minute River and Lakefront Cruise
"The whole cruise was terrific but oddly the interlock experience and history was eye opening. Side note, the weather was excellent for this time of the year."..."
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Chicago’s Famous Friday Night Pirates Pub Sail Aboard 148' Tall Ship Windy
"Awesome story telling and cruise. This was my first time on lake michigan and also first time on a sailboat."..."
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Educational Tour and Sail Aboard Chicago's Official Flagship Windy 148' Schooner
"Had a blast! Not cheesy at all. Lots of great information, friendly crew, and beautiful views of the city!"..."
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Best of Chicago Tour
"Ruben was amazing. He accommodated us so well. I had an accident before getting a cab and he went out of his way to get me ice. Ruben was so nice, friendly, and informative. Thank you. My only recommendation is to allow for 1.5 hours for the sears tower."..."
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Chicago River Tiki Bar Cruise from Chicago Riverwalk
"So much fun! Another great experience and Shawn has such a great knowledge about Chicago buildings and things that we've seen while sailing. Thank you !"..."
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Chicago Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Buffet
"Delightful dinner, still saw fireworks despite the rain. Great music and atmosphere. We would definitely do again and recommend it to couples and families."..."

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