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Chicago Architecture Fireworks Cruise

Water Tours Chicago
$43
On Wednesday and Saturday evenings in the summer, take a dramatic, 90-minute night-time cruise and get a glittering view of Chicago's iconic skyscrapers. Your evening ends with an up-close view of Navy Pier's spectacular fireworks display from either Lake Michigan or the mouth of the Chicago River.

Make your way to either Navy Pier or Michigan Avenue for your cruise departure. Board your river boat and find a comfortable seat; a restroom and sometimes a full bar are available on the boat. The tour begins when your guide, an architecture expert, gives you an introduction to the city's landmarks. 

Along your scenic 90 minute cruise, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. A boat on the river is the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and the fireworks display.

Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the the Aon Center, the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) the Wrigley Building and the IBM Building. Listen as your guide recounts the two major events that helped shape the architectural history of the city. Learn about how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized how homes were built, and hear the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871. Both of these milestones led Chicago to become one of the cradles of modern American architecture.

Your cruise concludes with a fantastic view of the Navy Pier fireworks display.

Please see the Itinerary section below for a full list of buildings on the tour.

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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Fireworks Cruise

Water Tours Chicago
$31
On Wednesday and Saturday evenings in the summer, admire all of Chicago's fabulous lakefront sights and attractions on this 60-minute Lake Michigan boat tour, which ends with a spectacular view of the Navy Pier's glittering fireworks display. Cruise along Lake Michigan and take in amazing views of the city's famous skyscrapers and famous fireworks from a great vantage point. Enjoy drinks from the onboard bar as you relax on this sightseeing fireworks cruise.

Your tour begins with a 40 minute sightseeing cruise on Lake Michigan, where you'll marvel at all of Chicago's fabulous lakefront sights. On this boat tour, your guide will tell you about Chicago's colorful history and famous landmarks as you enjoy the panorama of Chicago's famous skyline.

See Chicago's major skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center, Aon, Trump Tower, Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and more. Spot downtown areas like the Gold Coast, Streeterville, Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. 

Your tour concludes with a fantastic view of the Navy Pier fireworks display.

Feel free to purchase beverages at the on-board bar (cash only).  This is a perfect way for the entire family to experience Chicago's beautiful lakefront!

This cruise is seasonal and operates in the summer only.

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Chicago Themed Evening Cruises

Water Tours Chicago
$55
Set sail from Navy Pier on a special evening cruise, where each cruise allows guests to experience a different side of Chicago. Events range from wine tasting cruises to brew cruises. You can even experience a live comedy show while passing by some of Chicago's finest architectural landmarks. There's something for everyone on these one-of-a-kind evening river cruises!

Make your way to Polk Bros. Park at Navy Pier for your cruise departure. Board your river boat and grab a seat or a drink to start your night.

Enjoy a relaxing scenic sunset cruise while sampling selections of wine from Chicago's own Lynfred Winery.  Or, experience a one-of-a-kind brew cruise accompanied by tasty appetizers and a live DJ.

Along the scenic 90-minute route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. A boat on the river is the best vantage point to admire the distinct city skyline.

Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the Aon Center, the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) the Wrigley Building and the IBM Building. Enjoy a drink with your friends as you sail past the iconic buildings that line the Chicago River and enjoy a nice summer night out on the town. 

Your cruise ends at its starting point.