Attention boaters! Hourly dockage on the main branch of the Chicago River is now available at Downtown Docks, making it easier than ever to pause your cruise and enjoy the city from land for a few hours. Our highly trained staff is on site and able to assist boaters at docks available between the State/Dearborn Bridges and LaSalle/Wells Bridges.
The Chicago Electric Boat Company offers hourly electric boat rentals for up to 12 people on the Chicago River starting at $150/hour. By renting boats that are comfortable and easy to drive, the Chicago Electric Boat Company gives even new boaters a chance to get behind the wheel and see the city from an exceptional (and environmentally friendly!) point of view. Walk-ins and reservation are welcome.
Chicago Cycleboats is the newest Chicago experience on the water. This social, active adventure is the perfect way for friends, families, tourists, and locals to explore one of Chicago's greatest summertime attractions. Reserve a seat on one of our public rides, or reserve the entire boat for a special occasion. The Cycleboat seats 14-16 (10 can pedal at once) and rides are 90 minutes long!
The Chicago Water Taxi operates its boats on a closed loop route on the Chicago River connecting commuters and tourists to their destination with 7 dock locations. Whether it’s for touring the city or commuting to work, transportation on our boats can give you a quick and cost effective way to get to your destination, but still take in the sights and architecture that Chicago is known for!
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Chicago First Lady Cruises
Get the real story of Chicago's rich architectural history with the the Official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise Aboard Chicago's First Lady, named “Top 10 Tour in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor reviewers. See Chicago's riverfront architecture described by CAC-certified volunteer docents and capture the beauty of over 53 significant buildings and bridges from the comfort of our open-air upper decks or interior climate-controlled salons. Each boat offers a fully stocked bar. Cruising daily April – November. Tickets available at dockside box office or in advance at ticketmaster.com/rivercruise. Private evening charters also available for groups of 2-250, please inquire.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources -Fishing License
Are you an angler looking for a downtown spot to cast a line? Fishing is allowed on the Chicago Riverwalk and licensed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Please be sure to visit their website to get your license and view current information on fishing rules and regulations in the 2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide. Please make sure your gear and equipment do not obstruct the Riverwalk path for other users.
Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline has delighted guests of all ages for more than 80 years with family-friendly river and lake cruises. Our lively tour guides bring Chicago to life with fascinating stories of the city’s rich history. Bring your camera to capture Chicago from the unique vantage point of Chicago’s waterways.
Tours include the daytime Urban Adventure Cruise and specialty summer cruises including the evening Chicago By Night Cruise and Wednesday/Saturday evening 3D Fireworks Cruises. Canines and humans alike will have fun on our Canine Cruise, Chicago’s only cruise for dogs!
Chicago family-owned and operated since 1935, Wendella is Chicago's Original Architecture Tour®. Located at the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, our mission is to provide you with a comfortable, affordable, fun day on the waterways.
Book a charter aboard Island Party Boats and enjoy the City from the water. Our entire Tiki Boat fleet has upper decks and water slides for swimming in the Lake. You can also visit us by water and tie up your boat at our transient dock.
Chicago’s premier kayak outfitter, Urban Kayaks offers kayak tours and rentals on the Chicago River. With products and services catered to every ability level, anyone can enjoy a fun day on the river. Open on the Riverwalk just east of Columbus 9am-7pm Mon-Sun.