Why Take the Water Taxi

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Written by Dustin Ford

Chances are you’ve seen those huge yellow boats scooting along the Chicago River, those are Water Taxis. This aquatic taxi has several stops along the river and lake, as one might expect. It’s a great way to explore all the City has to offer.

Michigan Avenue

This stop is right under the Michigan Avenue bridge. From there you can pop upstairs for a sweet treat at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. Alternatively, you could take a quick stroll north to the Mag Mile

Chicago Riverwalk

Located on the south side of the river between the Clark Street Bridge and the LaSalle Street Bridge, this spot gives you easy access to all the Riverwalk has to offer. This includes the City Winery, O’Briens Riverwalk Café, and Tiny Tapp.

River North

Directly across the river from the Riverwalk stop, this stop makes it a little easier to get to places such as The Kitchen American Bistro, Untitled Supper Club, and the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Chicago Avenue

Located on the eastern side of the Chicago Avenue Bridge, this spot is just a stone’s throw away from Ward Park. It is also very close to River West.

Goose Island

This stop is at the northernmost tip of Goose Island. This allows easy access to all that Goose Island has to offer. It is also very close to the IO Theater.

The West Loop

This stop is located at the corner of Ogilvie and Union on the Riverwalk Plaza. Across the river, you’ll find the Lyric Opera of Chicago. You’ll, also, find Chicago French Market nearby.

China Town

This is the farthest south that the Water Taxi goes. You can get on and off at the Ping Tom Memorial Park. You could spend an entire day in China town shopping for clothes and enjoying the best ice cream rolls in the city!