Seadog River and Lake 75 Minute Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

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Location: Chicago
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 75.0 minutes
Trip difficulty: Easy
Max Group Size:
Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/Chicago
Highlights -A 75-minute cruise through the historic Chicago Locks and Chicago River
-Up-close views of all the famous bridges of the Chicago River
-Entertaining narration with amusing stories and historical facts
-Fascinating background on famous buildings including the Tribune Building, Willis Tower, Lyric Opera and Merchandise Mart
-Zip along the lakefront in a speedboat with views of Chicago's iconic Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago Harbor, Chicago’s Museum Campus and more!
Discover Chicago's world-renowned architecture during this sightseeing cruise. Board a comfortable riverboat for a cruise on the Chicago River, viewing landmarks like the Willis Tower and the Tribune Tower while listening to engaging commentary from your guide. Then board a speedboat for an exciting ride up the shore of Lake Michigan for views of Grant Park, the Chicago Harbor, and the Museum Campus. Departing from Navy Pier, this 75-minute narrated cruise is the best way to get up-close views of Chicago’s unique architecture and famous landmarks.
Make your way to Navy Pier to meet your guide and tour group. Board the riverboat for the first portion of the tour, a relaxing cruise up the Chicago River. Pass the Tribune Tower and the Willis Tower, among dozens of other landmark buildings. Learn about Chicago's architectural history, including its pioneering role in the popularity of skyscrapers from your guide. Hear how the flow of the Chicago River was reversed, a feat of modern engineering. Ride through the historic locks that separate the Chicago River from Lake Michigan. After the leisurely river cruise, board a speedboat for a high-speed ride along the shores of Lake Michigan with views of the spectacular Chicago city skyline. Pass the Museum Campus, home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum. Zip along the edge of Grant Park, which features the impressive Buckingham Fountain and then admire views of the Chicago Harbor.

Commentary English: Guide
Included -75-minute architectural tour on the Chicago River
-Passage through the historic Chicago River locks and up the Chicago River to Sears Tower
-Thrilling speedboat ride on Lake Michigan
-Entry/Admission - Seadog Chicago
-Local fees and taxes
Excluded -Hotel pickup and drop-off
Know before you book -Reservations required
Know before you go -Valid photo ID required
-All guests are required to wear masks/face coverings when on board as they are interacting with others who are not members of their household.
-Cloth face coverings are not required under on young children under age 2, and anyone who has trouble breathing.
Additional Information
  • -All cruises are weather permitting
  • -Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • -Coast Guard regulations require a photo ID for each guest to board
    -Infants must sit on laps
  • -Wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for: people with medical conditions
Not recommended for: people who suffer from back pain
Not recommended for: pregnant women
Dress Code: Seadog is an open-air speedboat so please dress comfortably.
Requirements: Must be able to swim
Required to bring: Valid photo ID
Required Information for Booking: : Full Names Each Traveler
Covid-19 Safety Precautions: 

  • -Face masks required for all crew members
    -Face masks required for all guests**
     -Hand sanitizer available to guests and crew
     -Social distancing enforced throughout experience
     -Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
     -Vessel and equipment sanitized between use
     -Daily mandatory health screening, including temperature checks for crew

**All guests are required to wear masks/face coverings when on board. Masks/face coverings are not required on children under the age of two and anyone who cannot medically tolerate the mask/face covering.

Health Items Face masks required for travelers in public areas, Face masks required for guides in public areas, Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized, Guides required to regularly wash hands, Regular temperature checks for staff

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-07-15
Product End Date 2020-11-08
Booking Cut-off 24 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 19 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long:
Address: 600 E Grand Ave , Chicago, IL, 60611
Directions: Driving From the South: Take the Dan Ryan Expressway West to Lake Shore Dr. North. Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the Southwest: Take Interstate 55 North (Stevenson) to Lake Shore Dr. North. Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the Far Southwest: Follow Interstate 57 North to the Dan Ryan Expressway West. Go to Lake Shore Dr. North Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the Southeast: Take 90/94 West (Dan Ryan Expressway) to Lake Shore Dr. North. Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the North: Take 90/94 East (Kennedy) to Ohio St. Exit. Turn right on Fairbanks/Columbus Dr. Turn left on Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the Northeast: Take Lake Shore Dr. South to the Grand Ave./Illinois St. exit. Turn left on Illinois St. to Navy Pier CTA Navy Pier is served by several bus lines from the Loop, including: 29-State 56-Milwaukee 65-Grand 66-Chicago routes
Notes: We recommend you park in the West Parking Garage near door 8 to most easily access Seadog.
Start Location Notes 600 E Grand Ave , Chicago, IL, 60611


Cancellation Policy: none
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: All sales are final


Adult 12-99 years Available on request
Child 3-11 years Available on request


Option Name Seadog River & Architectural Tour
Option Description 75 minute Sightseeing Cruise

Other Information

Voucher Info

Seadog Chicago is docked at Navy Pier - 600 E Grand Avenue • Chicago, IL 60611
On the day of the cruise, Guest will check in at the ticket booth at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Voucher and photo identification is required to check in.

FAQ Is there parking at Navy Pier?

Absolutely, Door 4 is the closest entrance to Seadog’s ticket booth

Do you validate parking?

Unfortunately, we do not.

How long is each tour?

This is a 75-Minute River and Lake Architectural Tour

Is Seadog okay for all ages to ride?

Seadog offers something for everyone! We do not, however, recommend cruising for those with cardiac conditions or orthopedic conditions associated with the neck or back. It’s also not recommended for women in late terms of pregnancy. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult to cruise aboard any Seadog product. Don’t forget, you must be at least 48 inches to board Seadog’s Extreme Thrill Ride!

How do I make a reservation?

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during June, July and August, as well as holiday weekends, tend to fill up quickly. Ensure your seat by reserving tickets ahead of time using our online booking system or call 888-636-7737. Although reservations are encouraged, they are not required and you can purchase tickets at the ticket booth on Navy Pier.

How do I get my tickets?

You may pick up tickets at the Seadog ticket booth on the day of your cruise.

Boarding Procedures. What should I expect?

In accordance with US Coast Guard Regulation, all passengers and their belongings being brought on to our vessels are subject to search and screening. In order to expedite the boarding process we ask that you please do not bring any unnecessary bags on board.

Can I smoke on board?

Sorry, city ordinances prohibit smoking aboard all Seadog vessels.

Are food and drink allowed on board?

We do not sell food or beverages on board, but you’re welcome to bring your own refreshments as long as there is no glass.

Will I get wet?

This is unlikely on the 75-Minute River and Lake Architectural Tour. The Seadog is an open-air speedboat so there’s always a possibility depending on lake and wind conditions.

Is the boat handicap accessible?

Our vessels are accessible for most standard manual wheelchairs.

Are there restrooms on every cruise?

Yes. Restrooms are located on all Seadog products.

When can we board?

Boarding begins fifteen minutes prior to scheduled departure. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early to ensure enough time to get tickets.

What happens in the case of inclement weather?

If Seadog Cruises cancels your cruise due to inclement weather, you may reschedule your cruise date or receive a refund.

If we know in advance that your cruise will be cancelled due to weather, you will receive a call/ text from our contact center to reschedule. If you do not receive a call/text and/or are concerned about your cruise being cancelled because of weather, please call our reservation center at 888-636-7737 for more information on your specific cruise.

May I bring a stroller aboard?

Strollers remain stowed on dock while you enjoy your cruise. A Seadog staff member will diligently watch your items and return them upon docking back at Navy Pier.

Can dogs cruise aboard Seadog?

Dogs are welcome aboard Seadog and cruise for FREE*! All we ask is that pooches are leashed and friendly!

Confirmation necessary? No
Redemption Tickets will be held at the box office