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Chicago Water Taxi

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Address: 400 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-4104
Phone Number: +1 312-337-1446
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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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Nice Ride

Had the opportunity to take the water taxi a couple of weeks ago. Great way to get around and much better than a smelly cab.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Elgin, Illinois
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Elgin, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had the opportunity to take the water taxi a couple of weeks ago. Great way to get around and much better than a smelly cab.

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Bridgeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The water taxi runs between the stadium area and Navy Pier and a another route follows the Chicago River. It was easy to take the water taxi down the river all the way to the train station. It not as economical as the bus, but cheaper than the street taxi. Plus you get a different view of the skyline. There... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Buy a day ticket and ride from China town and along the river walk. We used the boat as place to rest and snack while kicking around for the day.

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Thank Andy S
Chenoa, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This boat ride on the Chicago river is the best way to see the city and to get around!! All day passes are available for a very reasonable price, allowing you to get on and off at any of the stops anytime. Crews are friendly and helpful! And best of all, no traffic jams!!! Must do while in Chicago!!!

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McHenry, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've taken the water taxis for many years. Great way to introduce friends to Chicago experiences. Affordable.

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Thank Whoalora
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I always take visitors in summer months to Chinatown for lunch or dinner on the water taxi. It is a beautiful scenic ride with reasonably priced tickets that are valid for 24 hrs. My friends and grandkids love it!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the Chicago Architecture Cruise Tour and really enjoyed it. I was in the boat for more than one hour and could see awesome buildings and took many pictures. Also, the guide was really funny.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to take the Water Taxi from Navy Pier as we were getting short on time. A great experience and quick way to get around Chicago while enjoying the architecture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent value for money. First from near the museums across the waterfront. No commentary (nice change) - suspect it could be rough though. Second along the river with a combination ticket. About 20-25mins each

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a cheap and interesting way to get great photos from the water looking back at the city with out taking a commercial boat trip

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