No better way to start saying goodbye to the hot summer days than a boat tour around the Windy city. Enjoy great weather with friends and family while cruising through the water. If you’re up for the idea, we’ve got you covered with a list of different businesses that offer a variety of boat tours!
With over 35 years of sailing, this award winning river cruise line has focused on providing guests with a tour showcasing Chicago’s “iconic” architecture. In this 90 minute sailing adventure, professional guides will take guests to see all three branches of the Chicago river. This will include over 50 skyscrapers, bridges and historic sites. In addition, Chicago Line Cruises offers other boat tours such as the Architectural Fireworks Cruise that last two hours and ends with a fireworks display at Navy Pier. Another unique tour that is offered is the Live Jazz Cruise which showcases the beauty of Chicago Jazz with a live performance by Geordie Kelley, who is an internationally known guitarist and his band. Chicago Line Cruises offers merchandise, complimentary drinks with cookies and beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase. Check out their website for tour availability and tickets!
If you’re looking for a boat tour that can include a dining and sightseeing experience this is the one to choose. Hornblower Cruises and Events offers not only a variety of sightseeing tours including architecture tours, Lakefront speedboat tours and extreme thrill ride tours, but also several options for dining. Guests are able to pick if they want a brunch, lunch or dinner cruise. In addition, they offer holiday and Chicago special event cruises. During a 75-minute, narrated Seadog Architecture Tours guests will get close-up views of Chicago’s landmarks and architecture. The Seadog Lakefront Speedboat Tours will last 30 minutes and will take riders on an “exciting” sail to view Chicago’s famous skyline. Lastly, the Seadog Extreme Thrill Rides Tour will also last 30 minutes and will take riders on a “ultimate adventure” on Lake Michigan. This tour will guarantee 360 degree turns where riders will get wet! Times and tickets are available online.
These boat tours are all about the Tiki Bars! Island Party Boat allows guests to choose either a Tiki Bar River Cruise or a Lake Cruise. The Tiki Bar River Cruise will cruise for 75 minutes and will offer riders the experience to relax to island music while enjoying a cocktail and a tour of the Chicago River. The Tiki Bar Lake Cruise will provide you with the same, but will allow you to sightsee Chicago’s Skyline and the views of Lake Michigan. Island Party Boat also offers boats to rent that will include the captain, drinks and ice. Guests are also welcomed to bring their own food or buy from different food packages that are provided by them. Island Party Boat offers a variety of excursions as well as Mimosa specials on Sundays! To reserve your tickets visit their website.
Written By Marla Chavez Garcia