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  • Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

    1. Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

    Located on Historic Navy Pier, the Centennial Wheel is suspended over Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Chicago River and offers spectacular views of the iconic Chicago skyline, the many attractions on Navy Pier, as well as the famous parks and world-class attractions located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Choose between Regular of Fastpass ticket options: The Regular Barcoded ticket is pre-barcoded to allow you to skip the line to purchase tickets and proceed directly to the line to board the wheel. The Fastpass Express ticket allows you to skip all the lines - both the ticket line and the regular boarding line - and gives you VIP access via the exclusive Fastpass Boarding Entrance. Both tickets also feature the Flexible Date feature which lets you visit whenever you like, within 7 days of your scheduled ticket date - so you can plan your visit around the weather when you are in...

    Great experience! Fast pass did relatively nothing to move you up in line. 3 times around and Tyrone loading and unloading…

  • Chicago: 1.5-Hour Lake and River Architecture Cruise

    2. 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 Lakefront: Half-Hour Seadog Speedboat Ride

    3. Chicago Lakefront: Half-Hour Seadog Speedboat Ride

    This half-hour Seadog Speedboat ride along Chicago’s lakefront is one of the best ways to view the city’s skyline while learning about the city. Combine an exciting speedboat ride with informative and amusing stories about the world-famous Windy City! As you depart Chicago's Navy Pier, your captain will tell you interesting facts about the pier and the lakefront as he cranks up the music and races to key lakefront landmarks.

    Stop near the picturesque lakefront park of the Chicago Museum campus, where you’ll learn about the architecture and history of Chicago. Admire views of the Magnificent Mile neighborhood, including the Buckingham Fountain, Sears Tower, Grant Park, and Chicago's largest shopping district. Listen to the thrilling sound of the turbo engines as you race around the Lake Michigan waterfront and back to the Navy Pier. Upgrade to the Extreme Thrill Ride Option a...

    Our tour guide was great and the boat ride was fun. The boat was easy to find as well.

  • Chicago Skyline Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

    4. 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

    5. 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.

  • 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: 75-Minute Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

    7. Chicago: 75-Minute Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

    Climb aboard a speedboat for a thrilling 75-minute river and lake cruise of Chicago’s architectural gems. Depart from the former Navy training center of Navy Pier on the shores of Lake Michigan on the only tour to take you from the lakefront. Sail through the locks and along the Chicago River, all the way to the famous Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). Get up-close to Chicago’s most famous buildings and unique architecture, and enjoy amazing views and an entertaining narration as part of the exciting ride. Learn the fascinating history of buildings such as the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower, the former Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) - the second tallest building in the USA - and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Cruise the lakefront of Lake Michigan to see monuments and attractions such as Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago Harbor, and the Chicago Museum Campus.

    Tour Guide Andy, First Mate Taylor, and Captain Swag made our tour extremely enjoyable!

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

    8. 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

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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

A perfect way to see some of the best sights of the city!! Vincent our tour guide was energetic and very knowledgeable!!

Ben was an amazing guide and made this a memorable experience

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