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  • Chicago Seadog Speedboat Thrill Rides

    Enjoy the dynamic combination of speed and sightseeing as you cruise along the water, taking in breathtaking views of Chicago's landmarks.
  • Experience Chicago's Summer Fireworks

    Elevate your evening with breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago’s skyline from Lake Michigan, illuminated by Navy Pier's spectacular fireworks display.

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What People are Saying

Booked the architectural cruise to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. Upon boarding we were led to our table adorned with a rose petaled heart which was a nice touch. The food was delicious, the service was attentive, and the architectural commentary was both informative and humorous. We had a wonderful time and felt very special. 100% recommend this cruise!!! - Joceline Paczoski
My husband and I did this for our 5 year anniversary. We had a lot of fun. Sunset was beautiful. The food and drinks we amazing. We danced to our wedding song. David was great and funny. Amanda made the best drinks. - Kerry Davies
We had our wedding reception on the Odyssey Chicago River and they completed exceeded my expectations. The service, food, décor set up, ambiance, and overall execution of our plan was absolutely perfect. We couldn't have asked for a more unique and fun venue that our guests will never forget. - Dallas Johnson
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Why Chicago is the Perfect Destination for Your Bachelor Party

Chicago is known for historic sights, exceptional dining, arts, culture, and incredible nightlife. The buzz of the Windy City is one-of-a-kind, which is why it’s the ideal location for weddings and wedding-related events. When you host a Chicago wedding, couples find the experience unforgettable, so naturally, hosting other events in the city follows suit. For grooms, hosting a bachelor party in Chicago is a no-brainer — especially when they opt for a yacht venue. A bachelor party on the water elevates this pre-wedding celebration by providing a spectacular backdrop for a fun-filled evening. But when you choose City Cruises, the amenities and features offered set the stage for a memorable experience for the groom and his groomsmen. We detail it all below.

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The 2024 Ultimate Guide to Duck Derby Chicago, A “Quack”tacular Event

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 7, 2024, when thousands of yellow rubber ducks will plunge into the Chicago River. As the city heats up for summer, Chi-town comes alive

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Your Bachelorette Party in Chicago is Waiting for You on the Water

Chicago is an exciting city filled with a host of things to do and places to see. Nicknamed the Windy City, it has notable architecture known around the world, food

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Hosting Your Post-Wedding Brunch in Chicago

So you’ve just had your picturesque Chicago wedding — now what? Well, before you can do anything, you need to eat! Specifically, you need to have your post-wedding brunch. If

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Pet-Friendly Cruises with Your Canine Crew and City Cruises

“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” -W.R. Purche   Dog people are a breed of their own. Pet owners consider their furry companions

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Chicago is the Perfect Place for a Bridal Shower on the Water

Known as the Windy City, Chicago is the third-largest city in the U.S. It is an impressive city noted for its spectacular modern architecture, wonderful food including deep dish pizza,

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Make Chicago the Place to Host Your Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

There’s no city quite like Chicago. With the buzz of a big city and the warmth and feel of the magical Midwest, the Windy City is romantic and has so

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Cruise into Forever. Your Love Story Starts on the Odyssey Chicago River

There is nothing quite like a wedding on the water, and with City Cruises, your dream wedding becomes a reality. From panoramic views to gourmet dining, a yacht wedding on

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Love in the Windy City: Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2024 in Chicago

There’s no denying Chicago is an easy city to fall for. With so many things to do, amazing arts and culture, a spectacular dining scene, and gorgeous architecture (among other

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Celebrate New Year’s 2025 in Chicago

Chicago is a city known for many things, from its incredible cuisine and its unforgettable skyline to its storied past, numerous sports teams, and much more. With so much to

Frequently Asked Questions

More about the best boat tours in Chicago

There are many great boat tours in Chicago that offer a variety of different ways to see the city. Some of the most popular boat tours include the Architecture River Tour, historic boat rides, and a Chicago sunset cruise. These tours all offer a unique way to see Chicago and its many famous landmarks. Lake Michigan boat rides are also popular, as they offer a great way to relax and take in the beauty of the city. Whichever type of boat tour you choose, you are sure to have a great time exploring Chicago from the water.

Which landmarks and famous sights can you see on a Chicago cruise?

On a Chicago River cruise, you can see some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Willis Tower, the John Hancock Center, and the Wrigley Building. You’ll also get great views of the skyline and the river itself. If you’re lucky, you might even see a boat race! If you take a boat ride on Lake Michigan, sights to see include the Chicago skyline, the Willis Tower, Navy Pier, and Buckingham Fountain. You might also spot some of the many birds that call the lake home, such as seagulls, pelicans, and herons.