Chicago Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

Badge of ExcellenceChicago, USA
Mercurys Urban Adventure Cruise

From $42.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Family friendly
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Excellent value for money
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Live commentary on board
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 112 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

    112 E Wacker Dr. (Michigan Ave. & Wacker Drive) South East Corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge. Look for the blue awning.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Discounted parking available at 111 E. Wacker Drive. Please visit the dockside box office for parking ticket validation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 115 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
I would highly recommend this combined river and lake tour. It was worth every penny! Our tour guide Mark was exceptional! Nice bar and bathrooms.


273 reviews
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Great and informational...
Michael_C, Oct 2023
Great and informational tour with a very sympathic and funny host. We learned a lot about Chicago's architecture and history and had a very good time on board.
Jim_V, Oct 2023
Great tour. I HIGHLY recommend it. Our guide Nick, also did a great job as well. I learned a lot about chicago.
An excellent “end of summer” outing!
Thomas_C, Oct 2023
Rosemary was the best representative any company could have. She deserves a raise! I hope she remembers that the iconic clock on the Wrigley building has no numbers, only “W’s (for Wrigley).
Breathtaking views of the skyline
Rebekah_R, Oct 2023
I loved every minute of this excursion. It was evening time and I was lucky enough to see the city skyline lit up! First on the lake and then on the river. Great tour guide-John. He knew the history and added humor too. I highly recommend this tour that included architecture, history of the city, info about the lake and landmarks. Did not disappoint at all for my first visit to the city. I’ll be back!
Nice Lake Michigan and River boat ride
Will, Sep 2023
This is a nice boat ride that goes out on Lake Michigan and then up and down the River. The boar was clean and comfortable. And the narrator Kai was very friendly and provided interesting information about the area as we traveled. Make sure to dress warm in layers as it can cold out on the Lake pretty quickly. We enjoyed the trip.
Fascinating trip
Mary_D, Sep 2023
Really interesting trip - very informative about Chicago architecture and the shoreline area. Really enjoyed it!
Most Enjoyable
Harry_R, Sep 2023
What a beautiful ride around the Chicago skyline. Really enjoy the tour guide explaining the history of the buildings
A gorgeous guided tour in the Chicago River and on the Lake Michigan with stunning views over the skyline
Florence_J, Sep 2023
I loved the view of the skyline from Lake Michigan. This is an added value to the view that you have from Chicago River, where you see the buildings from up close. The trade-off that you can't go very far into the Chicago River before turning around to drive out to Lake Michigan.
Better than the rest
Robert_O, Sep 2023
“Lake” was a great guide. Very personable and knowledgeable. Fun learning experience. ……..,,,,,,……,……..
A must
Genevieve_A, Sep 2023
Really great. Tour guild was knowledgeable and funny. The bar was an added bonus. Perfect way yo see the city
Overall so good
kena_s, Sep 2023
I was travelled with senior and 4yr old kids, Guide was good and explained so nicely, route was also very nice though.
Awesome information love...
Tina_L, Sep 2023
Awesome information love the architect the girl who spoke was great beautiful scenes on the river and lake
Worth it!
Lakiesha_S, Sep 2023
We had a great experience! The customer service was awesome and it was nice to learn more about Chicago.
Not worth it and horrible customer service.
Josh_P, Sep 2023
Nothing was memorable. I was given an incorrect address and told I could on a 3:3pm tour, when I got to the window they told me I had to wait until 7pm and it gets dark around 730.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for your review, Josh. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced traveling to our location. The address provided, 112 E. Wacker, is the correct address. I am glad to hear that you were offered a ticket exchange as an accommodation. Unfortunately, the next available departure time for your cruise type was at 7pm. We do not have a 3:30pm departure. I hope you were able to take advantage of this accommodation and enjoyed the evening cruise. Thanks again!
Excellent guide on board
daniela_o, Sep 2023
We’re from Italy and my kids (15 and 17) loved it! The guide was excellent: he conveyed interesting facts and stories about the city and the buildings lightheartedly so that he kept us interested and entertained.
Chicago licks amazing experience
Renee_V, Sep 2023
Great experience, first time through the locks, great value for your money. Experienced orator of the history of Chicago, excellent Captain navigating the big waves too
Great Experience
Quinton_F, Sep 2023
Great experience. If you arein Chicago and are looking for an informative tour, this is . Great option. This tour was everything that I hoped it would be.
Magnificent Experience Even for the Locals!
Cindy_T, Sep 2023
Nick was the best tour guide I’ve ever had on any Chicago cruise. He was entertaining with unique facts about Chicago, and you could feel his passion for the city and his job. The cruise destination was beautiful and enjoyable throughout, and I highly recommend the 7pm cruise so you can see the sky at dusk and the lights turn on. It was a magnificent experience even for these Chicagoans!
Great time guide was...
Belma_S, Sep 2023
Great time guide was amazing very knowledgeable. It was really great. The Lakers little bit bumpy but it's fine overall great experience.
arturo_f, Sep 2023
Knowledgeable staff!! Boat was on time and seating was available!! We all enjoyed very much!! Thank you

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