Chicago Seadog River and Lake 75 Minute Architecture Cruise by Speedboat


  • -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.

Tour info

1 hour 15 minutes
Group Size
Pricing (From)
Meeting Point

600 E Grand Ave , Chicago, IL, 60611

Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

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.

What’s 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

  • -Hotel pickup and drop-off

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • -Reservations required

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.

Covid Policy

  • 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

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.

Redemption information

    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.

    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

City Cruises, one of two sub-brands under City Experiences’ expansive portfolio of water- and land-based experience companies, operate dining, sightseeing and private events across 22 destinations in the U.S., Canada and the UK.