Monday, May 22, 2006

Things to do: Chicago Boat Tours

June is a great time to see Chicago from onboard a boat. Several options are available. Glide along in water taxis, commuter boats, and for architectural boat tours on the Chicago River, or have a real adventure with a luxury dinner cruise on the lake.
Learn More About Chicago's Boat Tours!

Wendella Boats
Wendella is a third generation family run business which has become Chicago's most comprehensive boat tour company. The experienced and knowledgeable docents and tour guides provide educational and insightful narration about Chicago's rich history and magnificent architecture.

Tours are offered seven days a week, April through November. All depart from the 400 North Michigan Avenue dock, at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Possibilities include the Chicago River Architecture Tour, the Combined Lake and River Tour or Chicago At Sunset. In addition to tours, Wendella operates the RiverBus Passenger Ferry, Chicago's original water transportation system.

For further information, contact Wendella by phone at 312-337-1446 or see their website:

Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tours
These tours leave from Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium/Museum Campus. The 30 minute Lake Michigan tours are reasonably priced. An architectural tour on the Chicago River is available. Shoreline also offers a 90 minute Chicago River and Lake Michigan tour. Shoreline runs water taxis on the river and the lake between some of Chicago’s major attractions.

For details, call 312-222-9328 or see the website:

Chicago Architecture Foundation
Marvel at Chicago’s soaring towers while enjoying a 90-minute, narrated river cruise. This tour spotlights more than 50 architecturally significant sites where you will discover the city from a new perspective. Come aboard either of the well-appointed vessels, Chicago's First Lady or Chicago's Little Lady. Both open-air and climate-controlled indoor seating are available to make your journey comfortable. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on board each vessel.

To purchase tickets, call Ticketmaster at 312.902.1500 or visit Ticketmaster fees will apply.

The Foundation offers walking and bus tours as well. For details, call 312.922.3432 ext. 240 or see their website:

Odyssey Cruises
The Odyssey II cruises on Lake Michigan year-round. These cruises leave from Navy Pier. Brunch, lunch, dinner and moonlight cruises are available. Live music is included.

The cruise route begins going south along the lake shore, past the Adler Planetarium, turns and heads north to Montrose Harbor, then returns south to Navy Pier. Enjoy the beautiful views of Chicago’s world-famous skyline, from the John Hancock, to Sears Tower, the Museum campus, and more. The ship typically remains within one mile of shore.

To learn more, call 888-957-2322 or check their website at:
Whether you are looking for a luxury late-night cruise on the lake or just want to get from Navy Pier to the museums quickly, Chicago’s boat tour operators have something that will suit you.


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