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  • Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket

    1. Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket

    Enjoy an unrivaled view over the city of Chicago on a trip up the city's Willis Tower. This famous building, once known as the Sears Tower, is not only home to a Skydeck on the 103rd floor, but it also features The Ledge, a series of 4 glass-paneled boxes that extend out from the building's facade to give visitors a view straight down. As you wind through the ground levels of the Willis Tower, you will be surrounded by museum-quality exhibits highlighting the iconic tower. Learn about Chicago's rich history and culture through these informative visuals. Watch a video presentation, "Reaching for the Sky," where you will be briefed on the history of the building and of architecture in Chicago. Then step into your elevator and you will be amazed at how quickly it ascends. As you travel, your multimedia-equipped elevator will inform you about your vertical progress. Upon reaching the 1...

    It was amazing. If you’re visiting Chicago you definitely have to go here. Beautiful pictures from up here

  • Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

    2. Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

    Located on Historic Navy Pier, the Centennial Wheel is suspended over Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Chicago River and offers spectacular views of the iconic Chicago skyline, the many attractions on Navy Pier, as well as the famous parks and world-class attractions located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Choose between Regular of Fastpass ticket options: The Regular Barcoded ticket is pre-barcoded to allow you to skip the line to purchase tickets and proceed directly to the line to board the wheel. The Fastpass Express ticket allows you to skip all the lines - both the ticket line and the regular boarding line - and gives you VIP access via the exclusive Fastpass Boarding Entrance. Both tickets also feature the Flexible Date feature which lets you visit whenever you like, within 7 days of your scheduled ticket date - so you can plan your visit around the weather when you are in...

    Great experience! Fast pass did relatively nothing to move you up in line. 3 times around and Tyrone loading and unloading…

  • Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise

    3. Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise

    Experience more of Chicago than on any other architectural cruise as you travel not only the main Chicago River but also the North Branch of the river (as far as the Old Montgomery Ward Building) and the South Branch of the river (nearly as far as Chinatown). View all of Chicago's architectural highlights during this comprehensive sightseeing tour. Be entertained by the expert and friendly tour guides as they explain the 130 year-long history behind the skyline, while bartenders and staff keep you comfortable with refreshments.  Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. The tour starts at the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) bridge and goes up the main branch of the Chicago River past Wolf Point, and cruises along the north and south branches of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk toward...

    The tour was great. The only problem was when my wife and I were checking in and the young man said that my ticket was invalid. The only reason we were able to go on the tour is that there was another gentleman there who knew that I had already purchased two tickets

  • Chicago: 1.5-Hour Lake and River Architecture Cruise

    4. Chicago: 1.5-Hour Lake and River Architecture Cruise

    Experience the architecture cruise that started it all — a Chicago family tradition since 1935. View Chicago’s historic and ever-changing skyline on Chicago's only architecture tour with views from both directly from the Chicago River, and those only possible from Lake Michigan. During this comprehensive sightseeing tour, all of Chicago's architecture highlights will be viewed, discussed, and experienced. Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. The tour starts at the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) bridge and goes up the main branch of the Chicago River to Wolf Point before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Michigan. On the way, you will learn about ornate, historic early skyscrapers like the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower, the imposing art deco Merchandise Mart, mid-century sky...

    The police were chasing drunken boaters, so the locks were closed to all. We spent a long time in Lake Michigan and still continued the tour of the river after the locks opened again. I think it was more like a 3 hour tour and it was great fun.

  • Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

    5. Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

    Start your sunset cruise on the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue. Make your way along the main branch of the river towards Lake Michigan before entering the Chicago Locks, a modern engineering marvel, that will transfer the vessel onto the great Lake Michigan. The vessel will cruise along Lake Michigan as the sun sets behind the wonderful skyline offering several amazing views. Your local tour guide will give a very brief commentary along the Chicago River and entrance to Lake Michigan, but most of the 1.5-hour cruise is spent without narration, leaving you to watch the sun put on a beautiful display with the City skyline. Admire the many angles of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world. Capture magical views of Chicago's twin super-skyscrapers, the famous Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the John Hancock Building. You'll also ge...

    It was the best price for a river tour and I know sometimes if you pay less you get less but this star was outstanding. I would highly recommend

  • Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

    6. Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

    Climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise vessel for a 60- or 75-minute cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River, and marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary. Get an insight into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture. Your expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building, Trump Tower, and more. Relax with a glass of something cold from the cash bar, as you cruise the Windy City’s waterway, and learn its status as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

    we certainly learned a lot on the boat. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable and the whole crue made us feel welcomed . i will recommend this short boat ride to anyone interested in history and architecture.

  • Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History Ticket or VIP Tour

    7. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History Ticket or VIP Tour

    Visit the Field Museum of Natural History, one of Chicago's great museums. With more than 35 world-renowned natural history exhibitions, there's something for everyone. Imagine subterranean life in the Underground Adventure exhibit, where you'll “shrink” to 1/100th of your natural size to explore the world beneath the surface. Admire sparkling gemstones in the Hall of Gems, and marvel at one of the largest collections of Chinese jade in North America in the Hall of Jades. Then, follow the stories of the Ice Age mammoth hunters and the temples of the Inca and Aztecs, or visit the Dinosaur Hall Evolving Planet exhibit to mingle with giant sloths, woolly mammoths, Sue, and Maximo. All this is included with the General Admission Ticket option. Upgrade to the All-Access Pass and receive entry to a 3-D movie and all 3 ticketed special exhibitions. Choose the Early Access VIP Tour option fo...

    Plenty to see at the Field Museum. More interactive exhibits for the kids. Had a great day!

  • 360 Chicago Observation Deck Admission: Skip the Ticket Desk

    8. 360 Chicago Observation Deck Admission: Skip the Ticket Desk

    Soaring 1,000 feet over Chicago’s legendary Michigan Avenue, 360 CHICAGO is one of the city’s most unique attractions. Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, 360 CHICAGO (formerly John Hancock Observatory) offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s lakefront, magnificent skyline and four neighboring states. After only a 40-second ride in North America's fastest elevators to the observation deck, you can experience what Travel & Leisure Magazine voted one of the best views in America. No other tower gets you closer to the heart of Chicago. Located on the Magnificent Mile and close to Navy Pier, 360 Chicago provides easy access to Chicago’s premier shopping and dining districts.   360 CHICAGO is also the only place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy TILT, Chicago’s tallest and most thrilling attraction. The first of its kind in the world, this one-of-a-kind marvel literal...

    This was a pretty fun experience. The drinks and views are a great combo. Good music was also played. In addition to getting an amazing view of Chicago they offer the tilt, ride. However, don’t get this confused with sky deck attraction, you would be a little upset. They are 2 very different experiences. This is worth doing especially if you have never been to Chicago before, I would recommend carving out a few hours to enjoy this.

  • Chicago Lakefront: Half-Hour Seadog Speedboat Ride

    9. Chicago Lakefront: Half-Hour Seadog Speedboat Ride

    This half-hour Seadog Speedboat ride along Chicago’s lakefront is one of the best ways to view the city’s skyline while learning about the city. Combine an exciting speedboat ride with informative and amusing stories about the world-famous Windy City! As you depart Chicago's Navy Pier, your captain will tell you interesting facts about the pier and the lakefront as he cranks up the music and races to key lakefront landmarks.

    Stop near the picturesque lakefront park of the Chicago Museum campus, where you’ll learn about the architecture and history of Chicago. Admire views of the Magnificent Mile neighborhood, including the Buckingham Fountain, Sears Tower, Grant Park, and Chicago's largest shopping district. Listen to the thrilling sound of the turbo engines as you race around the Lake Michigan waterfront and back to the Navy Pier. Upgrade to the Extreme Thrill Ride Option a...

    Our tour guide was great and the boat ride was fun. The boat was easy to find as well.

  • Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

    10. Chicago River: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture Cruise

    Admire Chicago’s impressive architecture from a unique perspective aboard a 45-minute cruise sailing down the Chicago River, which features a full-service cash bar and live commentary tailored to entertain the whole family. Experience the best of the Chicago River from Lakeshore Drive to the Willis Tower, navigating along the South branch of the river, before heading back past the Chicago Riverwalk towards Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. Be entertained by the fun and experienced tour guides as they explain the history behind Chicago’s buildings along the river and the exceptional architects who created this ever-changing skyline. Enjoy the most relaxing way to sightsee in Chicago- a perfect way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion. Make sure to visit the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products, including local beer and spirits. Explore the o...

    We had a great time! Shorter ride was perfect for young kids. Boat was clean and staff was friendly.

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What people are saying about Chicago

Super easy to book! We were a little early and they let us go on the earlier boat instead of making us wait. The tour guide was outstanding! Very knowledgeable on the buildings, humorous and energetic. We thoroughly enjoyed our architectural boat tour!

I've been on a few different boat tours and this one was amongst the best. Very engaging and informative guide.

Our guide was great and very informative. His dad jokes were pretty on point too.

The overall experience was excellent. The guide was absolutely knowledgeable.

Was an incredible experience!!! I love ❤️ The Windy City