Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise in Chicago, IL

Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline112 E. Wacker Dr.Chicago, IL 60601
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Enjoy the beautiful Chicago skyline with spectacular views of Navy Pier's fireworks display! This informative and awe-inspiring trip down the Chicago River will leave you breathless. Learn about the city's history and landmarks from the informative onboard guide. Then enjoy the cityscape and fireworks show with your 3D glasses!

up to 2.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Enjoy Chicago's Navy Pier fireworks in 3D from the Lake on Saturdays, or from the mouth of the River on Wednesdays.
  • Informative live commentary from your onboard guide.
  • Boarding starts 15 minutes before departure time.
  • Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Bar menu and snacks available for purchase.
  • Motorized wheelchairs are not permitted to board.
  • Bring anti-nausea medication for seasickness.
  • Live commentary is included.


from Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise
Be dazzled on a Chicago fireworks cruise in 3D on the Chicago River or Lake Michigan! Enjoy a stunning getaway right in the city with this 3D Fireworks Cruise, departing from the Chicago Riverwalk on Wednesdays and Saturdays weekly during the summer months.

This 2-hour boat ride takes you along the Chicago River where you'll learn about the city's history as you pass by Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus, and the John Hancock Building. Hear informative commentary from your onboard guide about the landmarks, the locks system, and more.

Then settle in for the spectacular fireworks show from the best seats in the city. Capture stunning photos of Chicago’s lakefront skyline, then put on your complimentary “3D” glasses and enjoy a musical soundtrack as you take in an unbeatable view of a spectacular fireworks display!

On Saturdays, grab a front-row seat to Chicago's summer spectacle from Lake Michigan! 3D glasses add to the fun. Includes light narration to and from the Chicago Harbor Lock.

On Wednesdays, the cruise travels along the Chicago River. Includes light narration on the main and south branches of the river. Ends with the fireworks spectacle at the mouth of the river.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise

Where does the cruise depart?

The cruise will depart from Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline dock on the Chicago Riverwalk at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. For GPS directions, use 112 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

Where is the closest parking?

LAZ Parking Garage at 111 E. Wacker Drive. This garage is across the street from our street-level dock entrance. Discount rates available for Mercury customers with validation: $14 for 1-3 hours or $15 for 3-4 hours of parking. After 4 hours, standard rates apply. IMPORTANT: You must have your parking ticket stamped at our ticket window or on your boat in order to receive the discounted rate. Stamped tickets must be further validated at the parking garage office before departing the garage.

What will I see on the cruise?

You will see Chicago’s lakefront skyline on a nighttime cruise which goes past Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus, the Chicago River Lock, and more. Then put on your complimentary “3D” glasses and enjoy a musical soundtrack as you take in a spectacular fireworks display from Lake Michigan.

When is boarding?

Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Choose any seat - all offer a great view!

Is the cruise appropriate for children?

Children under 5 are always welcome free of charge but do still require a ticket.

Is the vessel stroller accessible?

Yes, strollers may be brought aboard and will be folded and stored in the indoor salon for the duration of the cruise. They are not allowed on the deck. Please note, children must be removed from strollers before boarding.

Is the vessel wheelchair accessible?

For safety reasons, motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs cannot be accommodated aboard the ship. Guests who can transfer may use the company's manual wheelchair, based upon availability. Please note guests using manual wheelchairs must be accompanied by individuals who are capable of assisting/lifting the wheelchair over the boat’s threshold.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, there will be lots of fun photo opportunities.

Do they serve food and drinks on the boat?

Beverages – including water, soda, canned cocktails, beer, and wine – are available for purchase on board. Please note, no outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. Snacks - including small items such as chips, cookies, and nuts - are also available for purchase.

Are there restrooms on the boat?

Yes, of course!

Is there an elevator down to the river?

At this time the Riverwalk does not offer any elevators. For those who need ADA ramps, you may access the Riverwalk via the ADA ramp at State Street and Wacker Drive within the Vietnam Memorial Park. Then just follow the Riverwalk to the East under the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Their Ticket Office is marked with a blue awning. The stairway offers handrails, and shade from the sun.

Do tours still depart when raining?

Yes, cruises will depart rain or shine. The boat has open and covered seating on board.