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Lake Michigan and Chicago River Cruises

One of the most popular outings with visitors to Chicago is to take a cruise on the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, or both.  The city looks spectacular at night and for this reason dinner cruises along the Lake are quite popular.

        We recommend taking a dinner cruise on the lake, just to get great photos of the skyline

See Odyssey or Spirit of Chicago  for dinner cruises, although you might prefer to ask the concierge at your hotel or a friend from Chicago for their recommendation. The cruise above leave from the dock at Navy Pier.

On the other hand, an architectural cruise along the Chicago River can reveal views and details of Chicago's sizzling architecture that are available from no other perspective.  We recommend riding Chicago's First Lady, an official partner of the Chicago Architectural Foundation, as, perhaps, the best of the river cruises.  The First Lady departs on its cruises of the river from the Chicago Riverwalk, where you can, also, purchase your tickets.

              The architectural cruise on the Chicago River is a popular excursion


By the way, the Chicago Riverwalk now runs from State Street along the south side of Wacker Drive, under Michigan Avenue to the lakefront where it connects to the Lakefront trail.  Eventually, Riverwalk will be extended west to Franklin, Street, creating  what is hoped will become Chicago's "second shoreline".  If you have the time, it's a great place to view many of the interesting architectural details of Chicago's magnificent skyline. In addition to the thoroughfare, you will find seating, cafes, water taxis and a few shops to help civilize your ramble along the Chicago River.


              The Chicago River at night is attractive and  beguiling


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