Mercury's Canine Cruise in Chicago, IL

Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline112 E. Wacker Dr.Chicago, IL 60601
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Bring your pooch sightseeing on Mercury's Canine Cruise, a dog-friendly boat tour in Chicago! The breathless sights, cool breeze, and educational commentary will keep you entertained as you take the city from the perspective of the river and lakefronts. There's truly nothing like cruising on the water with your best friend!

up to 1.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Cruise duration is an hour and a half.
  • Includes live commentary and a dog-friendly map to help your pet explore the neighborhood.
  • Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Boarding starts 15-minutes before departure.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Bar menu and snacks available for purchase for both humans and dogs.
  • Water bowls, safe outdoor seating, and newspaper lined restrooms for pups available.
  • Motorized wheelchairs are not permitted on board.
  • Bring anti-nausea medication if you're prone to seasickness.


from Mercury's Canine Cruise
Dogs? On boats? Yes!

Bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago's waterways. Sit back, relax and soak in the city as you enjoy a lively narration of Chicago’s rich history and architectural marvels with dog-friendly highlights.

Keep your dog on your lap, in a seat, or on the deck. The cruise boat offers plenty of safe outdoor seating and water bowls for your pet. Enjoy a great day out of doors with your favorite companion.

In October, bring your pup in costume and kick off the fall season with a Howl-O-Ween Canine Cruise! There will be pumpkin dog treats and prizes for the best doggie costumes (humans can dress up too)! Exact dates TBA!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Mercury's Canine 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 the 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 the 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?

This guided city tour highlights Chicago's skyline from both the lake and the river with a friendly commentary on architectural, historical, maritime, and dog-related points of interest. The local guides will show you all of Chicago’s downtown skyscrapers and describe many fascinating details about each building or landmark along with fun facts about dogs and dog-friendly attractions.

How long is the cruise?

The tour duration is approximately 90 minutes.

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! There are "Heads" located on board as well as one lined with newspapers for your dog(s) during the Canine Cruises.

Do tours still depart when raining?

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