Chicago may be 1,000 miles from the ocean, but the city is still best seen aboard a boat. From the Chicago River to nearby Lake Michigan, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to touring the city from the water. See below for your options.
Chicago River Cruises
Learn the history of Chicago’s skyscrapers on a Chicago River cruise, some of which focus specifically on the city’s towering architecture. See Sears Tower and the Wrigley Building while enjoying a casual architecture cruise, and hear how the flow of the river was reversed—a feat of modern engineering.
Sailing and Speedboat Rides on Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is so big that its total area is larger than that of nine different US states, meaning you’ll feel like you’re cruising the open ocean on a sightseeing lake tour. Take a speedboat tour, dine on an evening buffet cruise, or enjoy a private sunset sail to see where the Chicago skyline rises up from the water and faces the deep blue horizon.
If you can’t decide between the river and lake, choose a Chicago combo tour that includes both experiences. You’ll enjoy a casual cruise of the river and then race down Chicago’s coastline on a speedboat ride.