Urban Adventure Cruise in Chicago, IL

Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline112 E. Wacker Dr.Chicago, IL 60601
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This scenic Chicago riverboat tour will surround you with Chicago’s cityscape, modern architecture, and historic buildings. Guided by local experts, passengers learn about Chicago’s vast history, notable citizens, and iconic buildings, including Willis Tower, Aon Center, John Hancock Building, and more. Ideal for the whole family, this cruise is the best way to maximize your time in the city.

up to 1.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • 90-minute River & Lake Cruise.
  • Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
  • Restrooms available on board.
  • Boarding begins 15 minutes before.
  • Small folding strollers are allowed on board.


from Urban Adventure Cruise
Epic fun on Chicago's waterways!

Experience it all—Chicago's glorious skyscrapers, iconic bridges, buildings, and other modern marvels—on Mercury, the Skyline Cruiseline's most popular tour, the Urban Adventure Cruise!

Relax and unwind on a scenic Chicago River and Lake Michigan cruise. Enjoy the lively narration of Chicago's rich history as you take in the Willis Tower, Aon Center, 875 N Michigan Ave., Museum Campus, Marina City, and more. It's fun for the whole family!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Urban Adventure Cruise

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.

Do they serve food and beverages 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.

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, and maritime 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.

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, the ship cannot accommodate motorized scooters and electric wheelchairs. Guests who can transfer may use the company's manual wheelchair, based upon availability. Please note that guests using manual wheelchairs must be accompanied by individuals 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.

Are there restrooms on the boat?

Yes, of course! There are "Heads" located on board.

Do tours still depart when raining?

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