Booking Fee

Chicago: 90-Minute River and Lakefront Cruise at Night

$42.00 /person
Info &

About the activity

Glide along the Chicago River and Lakefront as you're dazzled by the sparkle of the city at night. Enjoy breathtaking views of the dramatic skyscrapers and Buckingham Fountain's spectacular light display while listening to lively commentary.

  • Free cancellation
    Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
  • Instant confirmation & Mobile tickets
    Receive your ticket right away. Use your phone or print your voucher.
  • Skip the line
    Get priority entry. (depends on selected option)
  • Live guiding
  • Start time - Available from May 26, 2024
    8:15 PM
  • Duration
    1.5 hours
  • Includes
    • 1.5-hour nighttime boat cruise of Chicago River and Lake Michigan
    • Live guide commentary
    • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
    • Food and beverages
    • Gratuity
Highlights & Description


  • See Chicago’s skyline transformed into a glittering jewel
  • Cruise along the main branch of the Chicago River full of historic buildings
  • Sail through the Chicago Harbor Lock, an engineering marvel
  • Listen to entertaining guides who bring Chicago to life with stories of its rich history


Experience the magic of Chicago at nighttime and watch the city's glorious skyscrapers, historic buildings and modern marvels come to life with millions of twinkling lights. Relax and unwind at the end of the day on a cruise which not only lets you enjoy the scenic Chicago River, but also takes you through the Chicago Harbor Lock and out onto Lake Michigan where you can admire epic views of the sparkling Chicago skyline and shoreline.

Throughout the ride, listen to lively narration about Chicago's rich history as the onboard guides point out the many sights of the city including Buckingham Fountain, Willis Tower, Aon Center, John Hancock Building, Museum Campus, Marina City, Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Building, Navy Pier, the Lighthouse and more.

This tour also gives you the unique experience of passing through the Chicago River Lock System, while learning about the operation and the uses of the lock from your guide. You’ll also feel the boat rise as you enter Lake Michigan and lower as you return to the river, a unique experience for any boat lover.

Good to know before you go
  • Cruises depart rain or shine as both open and covered seating is available onboard
  • Children under 5 are free
  • Beverages, including water, soda, wine, and beer, are available for purchase onboard
  • No food is sold on the boat, though you are welcome to bring your own snacks
  • Strollers may be brought aboard and will be folded and stored in the salon for the duration of the cruise, children must be removed from strollers prior to boarding
  • For safety reasons, motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs cannot be accommodated aboard the ship, guests who are able to transfer may use the company's manual wheelchair, based upon availability
  • Latecomers cannot be refunded, but every effort will be made to accommodate you on another evening
Meeting point

General Boarding: 90-Minute River & Lake Cruise at Night

Priority Boarding: 90-Minute River & Lake Cruise at Night

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cancellation policy for this activity?
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
2. When will I receive the confirmation of my booking?
You will receive an email notification right after your successful payment. If you don't see it in your inbox, check your spam or junk mail folder. When the payment is completed you have the option to download your ticket directly.
3. What does the 'skip the line' ticket mean?
'Skip the line' tickets provide the fastest possible entry with no or very little queuing.
4. Are mobile tickets enough or do I have to print them?
Tickets don't need to be printed. You can show your ticket from your smartphone as a PDF.
  • Adult
    15-99 years
  • Children
    5-14 years
  • Infant
    0-4 years
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