The Chicago Architecture Center is a hub for all things architecture and a launching pad for discovering Chicago’s architectural legacy. Breathtaking exhibits feature supersized scale models of skyscrapers from around the world and the popular scale model of Chicago’s downtown illuminated with a film and light show. Discover the “city of architecture” through 85 world-famous walking, bus, bike and boat tours, including the Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady. Get to the Center and discover why design matters.
Chicago Architecture Center—111 E. Wacker
Chicago’s First Lady Cruises—112 E. Wacker, at Riverwalk level
Chicago Cycleboats is pleased to announce a new Cycleboat "Cheers" to their fleet - now we will be able to double the fun and double the cycling!
Chicago Cycleboats is the newest Chicago on water experience. This social, active adventure is the perfect way for friends, families, tourists, and locals to explore one of Chicago's greatest summertime attractions — the River! 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!
Experience the official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise aboard Chicago's First Lady, the city's #1 tour based on TripAdvisor user reviews. Led by the Chicago Architecture Center’s knowledgeable and expertly trained docent volunteers, the 90-minute cruise reveals fascinating stories behind Chicago’s majestic buildings in a way no other tour can. Each boat features open-air upper decks, interior climate-controlled salons and 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.
The Chicago Electric Boat Company offers hourly electric boat rentals for up to 12 people on the Chicago River starting at $150/hour. Be your own captain! By renting comfortable and easy to drive boats, the Chicago Electric Boat Company gives new boaters a chance to get behind the wheel and see the city from an exceptional point of view. Walk-ins are welcome, reservations recommended.
The Chicago River is going back in time to the 1950s! Cruise the Chicago River in style – retro style that is. We are pleased to bring you a fleet of refurbished “jet-age” electric boats. Our easy to drive and environmentally friendly retro boats are sure to turn heads as 2-4 passengers soak in the cities beautiful skyline. Walk-ins and reservations are welcome.
The Chicago Water Taxi is Chicago’s premiere river transportation service, with Stops on all three branches of the Chicago River. Chicago Water Taxi is perfect for commuters traveling to work, or tourists experiencing the City. One Way Tickets, All Day Passes, and Commuter Passes available.
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 (in front of City Winery @ the Marina Plaza) and we are excited to announce our new location for 2019- LaSalle/Wells Bridges (in front of Sweet Home Gelato @ the Water Plaza).
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.
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. We also have 75 minute floating Tiki Bar Cruises that will take you on an Island Party through Chicago. You can also visit us by water and tie up your boat at our transient dock.
See Chicago from the river and lake as our lively tour guides bring Chicago to life with fascinating stories of the city’s rich history. Postcard-worthy views included! Tours include our daytime Urban Adventure Cruise, evening CHICAGO BY NIGHT! Cruise, summer 3D Fireworks Cruises on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and our beloved Canine Cruise on summer weekends for people and pets!
Chicago family-owned and operated since 1935, Wendella is Chicago's Original Architecture Tour®. Located at the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile we have Chicago’s largest variety of tours and cruises.
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.