Top sights in Chicago
Our most recommended Chicago Speed & Jet Boat Tours
1. 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.
2. 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!
Frequently asked questions about Chicago
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Planning Your Visit
Chicago Children's Museum tickets and hours
Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday from 10:00AM-5:00PM; Thursdays from 10:00AM-8:00PM; Fridays from 10:00AM-6:00PM; Weekends from 10:00AM-7:00PM. Thursdays from 5:00PM-8:00PM is Family Night and free.
Location: Navy Pier
Chicago History Museum tickets and hours
Admission: $14 with two audio tours. Kids 12 and under are free.
Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-4:30PM
Location: Lincoln Park
Science and Industry Museum
Admission: $18 (adults), $11 (kids 3-11). Three different ticket packages are also available for $27, $32, and $36. Depending on the selected package, visitors may choose up to three extra museum features, such as the Omnimax Theater, which are not included in the general admission price.
Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-5:30PM
Location: 5700 Lake Shore Drive
When should I go?
April through May and September through October are great months to visit. The weather is nice, prices are reasonable, and there are plenty of festivals to enjoy. Plus, the crowds are less than in the peak summer season.
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- Early summer and early fall tend to have pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds, and a great selection of events on offer.
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What people are saying about Chicago
Jack, our guide, made the tour! He was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining! It’s probably one of the best guided tours I’ve taken and I’ve traveled around the world. He’s a keeper!
It was such a good time lived in the city so long and never been on the Ferris wheel and was really good time got to see the sunset and the city from a different view
It was very organised . The queue were not long and there was social distancing . At the staff was very helpful .
I've been on a few different boat tours and this one was amongst the best. Very engaging and informative guide.
Our guide was great and very informative. His dad jokes were pretty on point too.