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Chicago Water Taxi

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Magnificent Mile
As featured in The Best of Chicago and 2 other guides
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Address: 400 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
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+1 312-337-1446
06:45 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 06:45 - 21:00

We are Chicago's river transportation service. An iconic fleet of black and...

We are Chicago's river transportation service. An iconic fleet of black and yellow boats, we serve all three branches of the Chicago River from March to November. Our stops include Michigan Avenue, Chinatown, North Avenue, Clark and LaSalle, The Chicago Riverwalk, and Union and Ogilvie Train Station. There is no better way to get around Chicago than by boat!

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Good way to get around the city in the summer

In the summer, I'll sometimes take one of these water taxis to get from work to meet someone after work, perhaps near the Merchandise Mart or the Bridge at Michigan Avenue. It's... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In the summer, I'll sometimes take one of these water taxis to get from work to meet someone after work, perhaps near the Merchandise Mart or the Bridge at Michigan Avenue. It's cheaper and often faster than a regular taxi, and I love journey.

Thank Helenthetraveller
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61 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This service makes it a dream to visit 3 of the best attractions that Chicago has to offer. Namely...Navy Pier, The Shed Aquarium and the Planetarium. I promise; you'll love it.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

April 24/17 spent a pleasant hour or so cruising up and down river taking in the sights on a sunny afternoon. Full schedule to China Town etc does not start until after Memorial Day but still worthwhile at $9 per person. Would recommend.

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The water taxi is an inexpensive way to travel from one landmark or popular area to another...We took the taxi to Chinatown which was very convenient. The views of the City from the water taxi are phenomenal! Lived it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went in April and found that the full availability wasn't until after memorial day (late May I think?). Bit annoying as was hoping to get much further, but I am sure in the summer this would be a much better way to travel than the metra or bus etc.

Thank Eleanor S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our travel agent booked us onto these for a tour but when we turned up the business had all vessels out of the water for maintenance. Hard to believe a business would leave not one vessel to service their customer's.

Thank Patty W
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You get to point A to B via boat. Kids love it. We had a super funny, chatty driver there. The driver on the way back was authentic Chicago but didn't speak English clearly. Fun times!

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Springfield, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must while visiting in Chicago (as long as the river/lake are not frozen) You get to enjoy Chicago from a much different perspective and worth doing

Thank Clevlander
Sherwood, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Learn the history of Chicago and see the sites! This is a great option for every age! It's a fun ride and a wonderful vantage point for photos!

Thank NativeOregonian1960
Navi Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to experience the Chicago water taxi ride but since kids were not intrested to go towards the town side they had a ride off the Navy pier which was enjoyed in the beautiful chicago lake ....... but feel one should take the water taxi ride through the town for different experience.

Thank Kaptaan

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