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Which of the Chicago Boat Tours is Best for You?

Whether you're in the Windy City for the first time ever, or you're a regular in these parts, you can't go wrong spending a few hours spent on a boat tour! There are tours for everyone here, after all. First timers will enjoy the brunch cruises or high-speed boat tours that give you a great look at the city skyline and entertaining stories about the city's history and architecture. If you're in Chicago on a romantic getaway, you might want to check out one of the dinner cruises, or perhaps even plan your wedding day on one of these vessels!

Boat Tours in Chicago offer a unique perspective that you literally can't get any other way, so no matter what occasion you come to Chicago for, there's a boat tour with your name on it!

When You're On A Hot Date
Almost all of the boat tours in Chicago offer dinner cruises, but the menus different on every one.

  • If this is the beginning of a new relationship, and you're not quite comfortable letting the other person know how much you love to eat, or maybe you just want to keep it elegant tonight, the plated dinner menu on the Odyssey Cruises are perfect for you.
  • Spirit of Chicago offers a classic dinner buffet with two carving stations and a full range of entrees. Dinner will still be elegant and romantic, but after a full day of sightseeing with your loved one, we all know you worked up an appetite. You can freely indulge in as many delicacies on that delicious buffet as you'd like!
  • When you want to be really romantic, check out one of the Moonlight cruises by Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago or Mystic Blue Cruises. Tres romantique!

When You're Traveling With Friends
Mystic Blue Cruises not only provide views of one of the best skylines in America, but one of the most exciting and entertaining atmosphere's around. Come on one of the night cruises for DJs, drinking and dancing, couples love it, and these boats are the perfect place for singles on vacation! As Mystic Blue says, "You can't party like a yacht star on land."

If You Live For Speed
Rather than one of the elegant boat tours in Chicago, hop aboard one of the Seadog Speedboat Cruises for some fresh air and high speeds which you tour Chicago's River and Lakefront! Chose a tour that's packed with music and entertainment, an in-depth look at the history and architecture of the skyline or an extreme thrill ride!

When You're Traveling on a Budget
Chicago boat tours are a must for every traveler (in our opinion) and even those that are tight on funds can get out on the water for a beautiful view of the city. Shoreline offers a variety of great cruises that travelers on a budget can enjoy too!
Shoreline Water Taxis start at just $3 a ride, and board at Navy Pier, Union Station and Michigan Avenue. Enjoy a scenic ride from Navy Pier to Museum Campus for just a few dollars! That's a lot cheaper than a cab would have been, and a lot nicer too!
The water taxis are quick but memorable, but for an even longer, but still very affordable choice, check out the Shoreline Skyline Lake Tour. These 30 minute cruises start at just $8 for kids and $17 for adults, and are worth every penny! They even have a cash bar, and run in the morning, afternoon and night. You can even hop on one of the fireworks cruises for a great price!

If you Love Sailing
Also, if You Love Pirates
Tall Ship Adventures is another boat tour company with two boats and a very fun variety of tours. They have a few pirate themed tours, like the Arrchitecture Cruise and the Real Pirates Tour. Both of these tours are very popular with travelers, and offer fun, adventure and a great lesson on the history of Chicago! Tall Ship Windy also offers several other tours, from the Rum Runners Tour which covers the days of Prohibition, to the Spirit Ships & Haunted Harbors tours which cover Chicago's spooky side.
The company also caters to private charters and special events!

If You're Getting Hitched
Chicago is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so of people tie the knot here frequently. And let's be honest, there's hardly a more beautiful place to host your special day than on a private yacht aboard Lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline in the background. You can have the ceremony on the yacht or on the dockside, they're the most accommodating crew around! There's a complimentary Bridal Suite for the brides convenience, the Anita Dee Captains can officiate your ceremony and if there was anyone who couldn't make it to the ceremony and needs to be picked up for the reception, they'll swing back by the dock so that everyone can celebrate these newlyweds together!
The Anita Dee Yacht Charters are some of the finest venues for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions and post-wedding brunches!

If You Like Things That Are Brand New
Odyssey Chicago recently underwent a $2 million renovation - a lady has to look her best to compete with (or outshine) all the other boats on the waters This newly renovated interior boasts a chic and modern look, celebrity inspired menus, a refreshed wine list, even more micro-brews and new creative cocktails (sign us up!) along with LED lighting, Plasma TVs at the bar, a lit dance floor and new entertainment features like an upscale DJ. We know, that's a long list of new things to enjoy, but clearly, you'll have plenty of occasions to enjoy them all!




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$44 - $130 Details
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$19- $36 Details
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$39- $100 Details
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$3 - $8 Details
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$8.00 - $18.00 Details
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$26.00 - $39.00 Details
Valara VI - Luxury Yacht Located in Near South Alcohol ServedAppetizersoffoffoffoffoffCorporate EventsDancingDining PackagesDinneroffFireworksoffoffoffoffoffPrivate PartiesoffWeddings

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$45- $107 per person Details
Mystic Blue Cruises Located in Navy Pier Alcohol ServedAppetizersoffBuffetoffoffoffCorporate EventsDancingDining PackagesDinnerDJFireworksoffoffLunchoffoffPrivate PartiesoffWeddings

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$39.00-$100.00 Details