Chicago by Night: 90 Minute River and Lakefront Cruise

Chicago, USA
Mercurys Urban Adventure Cruise

From $42.00

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-You will not receive a refund if you cancel.

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


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.
  • 1.5-hour night cruise in Chicago
  • See Chicago landmarks lit up for the night
  • Admire the dazzling sight of Buckingham Fountain at night
  • Cruise along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan
  • Hear informative commentary about the city’s history and architecture

What's Included

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

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

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

Start time

08:15 PM

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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      Featured review
      The commentary was amazing sweet women and beautiful views of Lake Michigan. I would highly recommend


      61 reviews
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      Scam boat
      Mercedes_H, Sep 2022
      This is a scam there was never a boat to get on waste of time can't get money back because they told me after I booked it was non refundable
      Great view
      NATIASHA_H, Aug 2022
      The view of the skyline was beautiful! The tour guide was knowledgeable about the architecture with information I never knew or thought of. Well worth the money.
      Great time
      MyLinh_L, Aug 2022
      The tour was beautiful and Tess was a great tour guide. We had a great view of the skyline and a detailed look in the historical buildings.
      Money notoriously wasted...
      Lewis_B, Aug 2022
      Money notoriously wasted Money notoriously wasted Money notoriously wasted Money notoriously wasted !
      Date night
      Jamika_B, Aug 2022
      The commentary was amazing sweet women and beautiful views of Lake Michigan. I would highly recommend
      The lights of the city...
      Julie_S, Aug 2022
      The lights of the city were beautiful from out on Lake Michigan. The crew was knowledgable and did a great job.
      Night time cruise
      Cary_L, Jul 2022
      Are family had a wonder time. The guide was very education on the architecture along the water front and very entertaining. I would highly recommend this cruise at night.
      Must do.
      Monica_T, Jul 2022
      Excellent views and knowledgeable tour guide. The family loved it. The boat is comfortable and you can move around easily.
      8:15 pm in June - city at sunset.
      Michele_M, Jun 2022
      Smart guide with clever comments made it educational, engaging and fun. Best for adults, too long for kids.
      A very nice experience
      Esad_T, Jun 2022
      Awsome experience and the tour guide,i believe his name was Mark was ride i have been on
      I don’t have a memorable...
      Daniela_I, Jun 2022
      I don’t have a memorable experience. I wasn’t able to attend because a coworker tested positive for COVID and I wanted to get tested and get my results prior to attending. I came back negative but wasn’t in time (2 minutes late) to attend nor will I get a refund.
      Love & Candles
      Andrea_S, May 2022
      I scheduled a date night experience, trying to find ways to connect as we are in a long distance relationship. Candles are special to us so I thought this was an amazing idea. To my surprise we were the only ones book for the night and a private event was exactly what we needed. Beautiful place and the staffs knowledgeable.
      Beautiful city views, disappointing narration
      Amelia_R, Oct 2021
      We enjoyed the views of the city at night and the experience of cruising on the river and the lake. Unfortunately our tour guide did not seem very knowledgeable of the local architecture or history of the city. We have took an architecture tour on the river a couple years ago and had a much more knowledgeable tour guide who could add personal experience with the history of Chicago. It would be better if the tour guide just stopped talking if she doesn’t really know what she’s talking about, rather than rambling on and repeating herself to fill dead air.
      A different part of the tour.
      TOMMIE_H, Oct 2021
      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.
      Toledo to Chicago APWU trio
      Martin_R, Oct 2021
      We picked a perfect night. The weather was perfect. The boat left on time. The history told was very interesting. My two friends couldn't have thanked me more. Their amazement said it all. It was my second time and I enjoyed watching them enjoy!
      Great ride great night
      Tawana_P, Oct 2021
      Tour guide telling the history of Chicago and explaining everything about the buildings. The ride was beautiful seeing the Chicago skyline at night was amazing
      It was great. The staff...
      Lorenzo_T, Sep 2021
      It was great. The staff was knowledgeable of the area. Even the customer service was friendly. Thanks
      One of the best Boat...
      Matt_H, Sep 2021
      One of the best Boat Cruises in Chicago. Skyline at night. Staff was great, bathrooms and bar on the boat
      Great trip
      Barbara_G, Sep 2021
      All in all it was great. Only think i would like to comment on. It started raining and the narrator who was great btw. Waited till we were taking a break in the locks to say they had ponchos for sale. Because of course we and %90 of the passengers were not prepareded
      Katherine_W, Sep 2021
      It was an amazing cruise! All the buildings were remarkable and the skyline was unbelievably gorgeous, would recommend it to anyone visiting Chicago, what a great city!

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