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  • Chicago: 1.5-Hour Lake and River Architecture Cruise

    1. Chicago: 1.5-Hour Lake and River Architecture Cruise

    Experience the architecture cruise that started it all — a Chicago family tradition since 1935. View Chicago’s historic and ever-changing skyline on Chicago's only architecture tour with views from both directly from the Chicago River, and those only possible from Lake Michigan. During this comprehensive sightseeing tour, all of Chicago's architecture highlights will be viewed, discussed, and experienced. Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. The tour starts at the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) bridge and goes up the main branch of the Chicago River to Wolf Point before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Michigan. On the way, you will learn about ornate, historic early skyscrapers like the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower, the imposing art deco Merchandise Mart, mid-century sky...

    The police were chasing drunken boaters, so the locks were closed to all. We spent a long time in Lake Michigan and still continued the tour of the river after the locks opened again. I think it was more like a 3 hour tour and it was great fun.

  • Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

    2. Chicago: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour

    From your vantage point on the double-decker sightseeing bus you'll enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers, including the 875 N Michigan, the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building. Take in the city's impressive landmarks as your tour guide provides entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago's history. Enjoy exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish to visit attractions such as the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. You’ll travel down the famous Magnificent Mile, considered one of the great avenues of the world, and continue across the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River. The bridge connects the north and south sides of the city. This hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Chicago makes it easy for you to explore the city's sights at your own pace. There are 13 stops, where you can hop-off to visit attractions and...

    Great way to get around town and to all best attractions without paying for a can or taxi and with the plus of getting information about the different attractions along the way.

  • Chicago Skyline Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

    3. Chicago Skyline Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

    Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the city for the first time, taking in the spectacular views of Chicago's skyline from the lake makes for a perfect outing. This 40-minute Lake Tour takes you on a sightseeing cruise that highlights Chicago's most significant landmarks from beautiful Lake Michigan. You’ll see the city as never before, while listening to informative commentary on Chicago's dramatic history and architectural gems. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights as you admire the striking buildings that make up the Chicago skyline that has appeared in so many movies and TV shows.

    The staff on board were very friendly and helpful ! The tour was informative and fun!

  • Chicago: 90-Minute River and Lakefront Cruise at Night

    4. Chicago: 90-Minute River and Lakefront Cruise at Night

    Experience the magic of Chicago at nighttime and watch the city's glorious skyscrapers, historic buildings and modern marvels come to life with millions of twinkling lights. Relax and unwind at the end of the day on a cruise which not only lets you enjoy the scenic Chicago River, but also takes you through the Chicago Harbor Lock and out onto Lake Michigan where you can admire epic views of the sparkling Chicago skyline and shoreline. Throughout the ride, listen to lively narration about Chicago's rich history as the onboard guides point out the many sights of the city including Buckingham Fountain, Willis Tower, Aon Center, John Hancock Building, Museum Campus, Marina City, Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Building, Navy Pier, the Lighthouse and more. This tour also gives you the unique experience of passing through the Chicago River Lock System, while learning about the operation an...

    Great activity and perfect timing on the fireworks. The only improvement I would suggest is an expanded food menu.

  • Chicago: Family Fun Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

    5. Chicago: Family Fun Urban Adventure River and Lake Cruise

    Discover Chicago’s stunning skyscrapers, historic buildings, and modern marvels on this fun, family friendly boat cruise. Relax and unwind as you admire scenic views from the Chicago River and the Chicago Harbor Lock. Then move out onto Lake Michigan where you can gaze upon the entire city skyline and shoreline. During the boat ride, enjoy lively narration and stories about Chicago’s rich history as your knowledgeable guides point out the many sights of the city including Willis Tower, Aon Center, John Hancock Building, Museum Campus, Marina City, Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Building, Navy Pier, the Lighthouse and more. The tour also gives you the opportunity to experience passing through the Chicago River Lock System. Listen to your guide explain the full workings of the lock and feel the boat rise as you enter Lake Michigan, and then lower again when returning to the Chicago Ri...

    Relaxing and informative, a view and perspective from the river that most don’t get to see.

  • Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

    6. Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour of Chicago

    Glide around the streets and parks of Chicago on a leisurely 2.5-hour guided Segway tour. Perfect for Chicago newbies and veterans alike, the tour uncovers quirky facts about one of America’s most energetic destinations. Start your Segway experience at Millennium Park and continue to Grant Park to stop and admire the famous Buckingham Fountain. Ride to Museum Campus to soak up spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and beautiful lakefront. The tour includes a training session to become familiar with the unique self-balancing Segways, before exploring the Windy City in a fun and futuristic fashion. Smart, entertaining tour guides work hard to provide you with the experience of a lifetime, and reward you with expansive views of the sea-like Lake Michigan.

    Great time! Enjoyed the Chicago sites! Enjoyed learning to use the Segway!!! Especially enjoyed seeing so much and a fair price. I enjoyed being so close to the magnificent mile millennium park the Bears stadium the beaches art museum so much more downtown and good restaurants. I almost forgot I enjoyed and the reason I went was to see Buckingham fountain it was really beautiful beautiful day beautiful time beautiful people

  • Chicago: 360 Observation Deck and TILT with Mob Bus Tour

    7. Chicago: 360 Observation Deck and TILT with Mob Bus Tour

    Head to 360 Chicago, one of the city’s most impressive landmarks. Ride up to the 94th floor and soak up panoramic views of the city from the observation deck. See the city’s famous skyline as well as the lakefront and 4 neighboring states.  Next, experience Chicago’s most thrilling attraction, TILT. The first of its kind in the world, TILT lets you see the city from a totally new angle, offering downward facing views from over 1000 feet up. Later, discover the underground world of criminals and gangsters on a 1.5 hour mob-themed bus tour. See the places where infamous mobsters conned their way to riches as you listen to tales of their criminal activities. Learn about Al Capone, the Untouchables, the Chicago Mob, John Dillinger, and more.

    The observation deck was great but the mob bus tour sucked however the tour guy was funny. We only made 2 stops and they weren’t that interesting. A stop in front of a theater, the alley where Dillinger was killed mural , and a stop is see a safe. We didn’t get off the bus to see the safe. I would advise people to skip the mob bus tour

  • Chicago Lakefront Segway Tour

    8. Chicago Lakefront Segway Tour

    Segways are amazingly fun and there is no better way to tour a world-class city like Chicago than on your own personal set of wheels--a Segway! Our eight-mile Lakefront Chicago Segway tour lets you learn about and view and many Chicago's attractions in a highly unique way. As you glide effortlessly and enjoy the lakefront, you can learn the history of our city from your friendly and professional tour guide. With countless attractions, gorgeous parks and dazzling gardens our tour guides will ensure you receive the most stunning photo opportunities. To name only a few, we'll see Grant Park, the BP Bridge, The Bean, and the Buckingham Fountain, in addition to getting generous views of Lake Michigan and the majestic skyline. Segways are safe to use, easy to learn, and fun to ride. We offer a thorough training session from our certified guides before we begin the tour.

    This is a must do tour, I would recommend doing it or as the very first activity after arriving to this beautiful city, or as a farewell tour to say goodbye to the city. We did the 6:00PM tour and it was great, you get to enjoy the city at dusk and early evening and how it lights up. Our tour guide, Jeremy, was great and funny and full of fun facts. Riding the segways was fun and they are quite safe, Jeremy made sure we were all taken care and looked after us. In short words. GREAT EXPERIENCE AND FANTASTIC TOUR TO ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF CHICAGO

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What people are saying about Lake Michigan

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 589 reviews

Alicia(tour guide) was the best!! She was super patient with my training and riding as a 1st Time Segway Rider. She was knowledgeable about Chicago's History. She was eager to assist me with photo needs, and she even captured some scenic photo opportunities for me, considering that she has a great eye for photography!! I definitely recommend the Segway Tour and if possible, ask for Alicia as your tour guide!! You won't be disappointed.❤

Great time! Enjoyed the Chicago sites! Enjoyed learning to use the Segway!!! Especially enjoyed seeing so much and a fair price. I enjoyed being so close to the magnificent mile millennium park the Bears stadium the beaches art museum so much more downtown and good restaurants. I almost forgot I enjoyed and the reason I went was to see Buckingham fountain it was really beautiful beautiful day beautiful time beautiful people

The observation deck was great but the mob bus tour sucked however the tour guy was funny. We only made 2 stops and they weren’t that interesting. A stop in front of a theater, the alley where Dillinger was killed mural , and a stop is see a safe. We didn’t get off the bus to see the safe. I would advise people to skip the mob bus tour

The first bus driver was great. Animated guided the tour. The second however was driving erratic. I would say using gas and brake at the same time as our heads were jerking around the seats. No guide, no announcement of why stops.

Was an incredible experience!!! I love ❤️ The Windy City