Booking Fee

Chicago: Fireworks Cruise with Lake or River Viewing Options

$50.00 /person
Info &

About the activity

Get up-close and personal to the epic Navy Pier fireworks display every Wednesday & Saturday during the Summer. Choose between viewing from either the Chicago River or Lake Michigan.

  • 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.
  • Live guiding
  • Start time - Available from May 29, 2024
    8:00 PM
  • Duration
    2 hours
  • Includes
    • 45-minute or 2-hour cruise (depending on the option chosen)
    • Views of the Navy Pier Fireworks
    • Local tour guide
    • Outdoor and interior deck access
    • Climate-controlled seating
    • Food and drinks (available for purchase onboard)
    • Tips
Highlights & Description


  • Enjoy the best views of the Navy Pier Fireworks from the water
  • Admire Chicago’s architecture and city lights on a beautiful summer evening
  • Relax onboard with locally sourced food and drinks at the full-service cash bar
  • Choose the 45-minute family-friendly cruise as part of a night out on the town
  • Choose the 2-hour Lake Michigan cruise to have the Chicago Skyline as backdrop


Take in the amazing fireworks display off Navy Pier on a boat cruise. Briefly explore the architecture on Chicago River’s main branch before either heading out through the Chicago Locks onto Lake Michigan or staying inside the Locks to watch the fireworks.

All cruises start by sailing inland up the Chicago River to Wolf Point, with some light narration provided focusing on history and architecture. Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture at twilight from either the indoor climate-controlled cabin or the airy outdoor deck.
The cruise then heads back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Lock, and Lake Michigan for the spectacular fireworks show by Navy Pier. While on the boat, make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits.
Choose from the following options:
River Fireworks Cruise from either Michigan Ave or the Riverwalk

This shorter 45 to 60-minute River Fireworks Cruise option watches the fireworks display from the mouth of the Chicago River before returning to the dock. This cruise is perfect for families with children, couples, or groups of friends who are enjoying a night out on the town.
Lake Michigan Fireworks Cruise from Michigan Ave
This 2 to 2.5-hour Lake Michigan Fireworks Cruise goes through the Chicago Lock System, an American engineering marvel, and out onto Lake Michigan. The vessel will cruise along the shoreline with contemporary music and will ultimately stop on the lake and float alongside the fireworks display.

Good to know before you go
  • Passengers can bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and food
  • Cruises take place rain or shine
  • Children under 4 years of age go free
  • Seats on the decks are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Vessels include restrooms with diaper changing tables
  • All bags are subject to a security search
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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
    13-99 years
  • Children
    4-12 years
  • Infant
    0-3 years
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