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Lake Michigan 30-Minute Speedboat Ride
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Lake Michigan 30-Minute Speedboat Ride

By City Experiences By Hornblower
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Ages 0-99, max of 19 per group
Duration: 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • 30-minute lakefront speedboat ride
  • Informative and amusing descriptions of the world famous Chicago skyline
  • Unobstructed views of the beautiful Chicago skyline
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Chicago
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Boarding: Navy Pier. Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local parking is available at 600 E Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 for our Navy Pier Departures. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois St. and 403 E. Grand Ave. (one block from Navy Pier).
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5042CHISPE

    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Coast Guard regulations require a photo ID for each guest to board
    • All cruises are weather permitting
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • NOTE: Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes prior the start time (7:30 AM).
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travellers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    The tour operator has provided the following answers to customers’ questions.
    Where is the departure point for the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
    The 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride departs from Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611.
    Answered Apr 2021
    Is there parking near the departure point for the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
    Local Parking is available at 600 E Grand Ave. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois St. and 403 E. Grand Ave. (one block from Navy Pier.) There may be a fee for parking.
    Answered Apr 2021
    Are there any restrictions for the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
    This ride is not recommended for guests with conditions related to the neck or back or that may be pregnant.
    Answered Apr 2021
    Are there any age restrictions on the 30 Minute Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride?
    There are no age restrictions, however children under 12 years old require an accompanying adult. Infants under 3 years old go free as lap children.
    Answered Apr 2021

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5042CHISPE

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    • City Experiences By Hornblower
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    • SueF671
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great cruise
      The cruise was excellent. Views of the city alternated sides so everyone could enjoy. But everything else was pathetic. The service was like a comedy. Half the table got their first course at least 15 minutes after the other half. The head waiter had to ask if we had gotten our entrée yet. Pathetic!
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    • michelem19662020
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worse trip advisor tour we have ever done
      Worse trip advisor tour we have ever done. Direction stunk! Could not find where to get tickets and we were staying at the hotel!!!! Poor signage. Staff was not helpful. Main meal was good but desserts made me ill. The boat spent two hour driving back and forth in front of Chicago within the pier never going outside of it. LITERALLY BACK AND FORTH FOR 2.5 HOURS. VERY SLOWLY. They landed 20 min. early and sat there not letting people off. Alcohol and drinks other than water were extra and we paid over $300. Man, I am so disappointed and I trusted trip advisor.
      Written May 24, 2024
    • Wifey9
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must do
      It was an amazing boat and very roomy. I loved the atmosphere. The food was good and it was a good variety. Our waiter was a little overwhelmed and it took awhile for drinks. I wish there would have been more choices for appetizers. We ordered the 2 Brie's and only received 4 pieces of bread. Wouldn't recommend appetizers, especially if you have 4 people.
      Written April 21, 2024
    • Tourist32467879939
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      It was a good vibe, good music, food was good and the staff was a joy to have. Our waitress was very tentative.
      My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and it was a very pleasurable experience. The drinks were good and the music was as well.
      Written April 14, 2024
    • Cassie551968
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good food good music good time
      This was a birthday gift for my husband. We spent the weekend downtown. The lunch buffet was delicious and I would do it again. In fact I’d love to come back on my birthday in July
      Written March 29, 2024
    • maryhE6480GT
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The perfect evening to celebrate our engagement 💍
      We were celebrating just getting engaged 💍❤️ The cruise was perfect! The city views were breathtaking and the food was fabulous! Our server was Annette and she was excellent! She even took photos of us on the deck of the boat with the city in the background. It was the most memorable evening with A bottle of champagne to celebrate!
      Written February 28, 2024
    • A6193MTfionam
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Disgrace of a tour and don't waste your money
      We paid $531 for this supposed premium dinner cruise. My friend is vegan. For a 3 hour cruise it took almost 90 mins and my friend finally ate a bread roll and was given a plate of raw vegetables as a starter. When we complained they steamed them. I ordered ravioli which was a small tasteless bowl of food. After more than 2hours the main course arrived. Classed as chicken but more the size of a poussin, it came with raw sprouts and a couple of potatoes. Distinctly average. My friend ordered gnocchi which came with cheese so as a vegan it had to go back. It was cold and tasteless when it came back. The only available dessert for my vegan friend was fruit which she doesnt eat. I ordered tirimisu which was inedible. More of a tough Yorkshire pudding with some weird disgusting custard type cream. This all arrived virtually as the cruise was ending. If we had wanted steak or prawns this would have been an extra cost. I remind you this is classed as a premium dinner cruise. No alcohol or soft drinks were included and we paid $531 for the privilege of raw inedible food. When I spoke to the chef and manager of the cruise they were both extremely embarrassed. A joke. This was our last night in Chicago and we though a premium dinner cruise would be a lovely way to remember the city. All we remember is that we haemorrhaged $531 for food that will have cost less than $31. Don't waste your money.
      Written January 13, 2024
    • shadowm236
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      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Too expensive to be average.
      Finding the dock was frustrating. There is no signage giving directions from any of the nearby streets. The food was average; nothing special about it. The music being played in the background was more for a nightclub rather than for dinning. For the cost, this was a poor experience. I do not recommend.
      Written November 25, 2023
    • Daydream47771843098
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The most wonderful experience
      We had the most AMAZZZING time on board the Odyssey glass roof beautiful boat. There were 30 of us and we we so delighted by the whole experience. As soon as we boarded for the the night cruise the staff were sooo wonderful. Gabriella was the manger on duty and she greeted us as we boarded and was so attentive throughout the whole cruise. Our Fabulous waitress was Heather and she was soo amazzing too. The bar staff were also great too . We were in total awe of the delicious food. Lovely choices and served to perfection. The DJ played great music . From start to finish we all had the most wonderful experience and will definently be back soon.. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE
      Written November 14, 2023
    • Paradise67722013073
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great time at an affordable price!
      I had a great time with my wife. It was fun, the food and music were great! Overall, a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon to celebrate my birthday!
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    • W3870AQpauliner
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      We had an amazing trip on the seadog Oct 17th 2023 - beautiful day for a thrash about in the waves - WOW !! Then a fantastic trip through Lake Michigan Lock and into the River with Daniel as our very knowledgeable guide. Would definitely recommend. our kids aged 17 and 21 loved it - as did we. Just the right balance of fun, exhilaration and educational too !
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    • diannakmorrow
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    • X6330EPjuliem
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      It was interesting AND really fun. I learned a good bit about local architecture and public infrastructure and then when the “pedal to the metal” ride on Lake Michigan was underway, I was laughing and having a blast. We were lucky to have a gorgeous warm day for this boat ride. A good value IMO and a great memory. I felt safe at all times. Jake gave us a very good tour, handled questions well, and is clearly very knowledgeable about his hometown. I’d do this again.
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    • karenwU3177YY
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      Great communication
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      Written October 20, 2023
    • 553DC
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    Sarrahhs
    San Francisco, CA4 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    Ensure you are at the pier 10-15 minutes before the advised 815 pm time frame. We missed our boat after arriving at the pier at 8:03 pm. The entire boat was packed and the security checkpoints/staff stated that there was "no 815pm time slot," even when I showed them the confirmation for my time slot. They both looked confounded as the boat took off in front of us.

    I am very disappointed we did not get to experience this on our short vacation. Be wary of who you book this trip through, ours was through "Chicago Seadog Lakefront Speedboat Tour." I am currently hoping I can still get a refund for this unsatisfied trip.
    Written June 4, 2021
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    Laurie K
    West Seneca, NY703 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My cousin andI were in Chicago for a few days and decided to give this boat tour a try sounded fun. I purchased tickets on Groupon as they were buy one get one, I would not have paid full price for a half hour ride. Our tour guide I believe here name was Maliea and she was amazing, she normally does the 75 minute architecture tour but this day she did Seadog tour. She was very informative as well as kept tour fun, made us laugh.

    Depends on where you sit you may get a bit wet or sprayed by boat mist. We were told sit mid boat on isle for less wetness, we got a bit wet but not bad. It was a decent ride, stopped 2 times and floated to listen to talk about buildings and local landmarks which was interesting, but I thought it would be a much faster speed boat ride, wasn’t what I expected but it was also a bit windy this day. The captain was a female named Jamie and she did a good job.

    Was fun but definitely a 1 and done activity, although the Navy Pier has a lot of good eats and was nice to walk around on a gorgeous day.
    Written September 9, 2023
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    Mary O
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022 • Family
    The ride was enjoyable. Trip Advisors listed City Experiences as the name of the boat company. Sea Dog boating personnel did not know they are affiliated with City Experiences and initially turned us away. We had already spent 45 minutes looking for the right boat so we knew to persist. Trip advisor website stated the trip was nonrefundable AND that an alternate date or full refund would be offered if trip was canceled due to weather. Which one is true?
    Written July 5, 2022
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    johnmcdonald
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2024 • Solo
    Chicago has such an epic skyline but I think it's best appreciated from the lake. If it's sunny, Seadog's speedboat ride is fascinating and also great fun. We enjoyed Anna's commentary a lot, and then, when the captain hit the jets, it was exhilarating. Top tip: hang onto your hat (literally), and beware sitting at the back, especially on the sides, because that's just asking for a drenching.
    Written June 7, 2024
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    Jon C
    Chicago, IL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Family
    I took my family and my in-laws, who were in town for their anniversary, on the 30 minute speedboat ride this morning for their first time before lunch downtown, today. I’ve been on on many of their different lake/river excursion options but this one never fails to offer a little speed, fun, and offer up Chicago’s magnificent skyline. Captain Tom and our guide, Abby, were fantastic!
    Written August 28, 2021
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    JenP
    Brookfield, IL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    Seadog Cruises offered a fun, informative 30 minute jaunt around the Chicago Skyline. Our Captain Swag and Steve and narrator Chopper were funny, friendly and very helpful. We has a group of 15 including three wheelchairs. They helped get the chairs up and down the ramps and couldn't have made our party feel more special.
    Very fun for the kids and with a tiny bit of spray to cool us off!
    Written June 22, 2021
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    Tamara K
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023
    Because I am not at Chicago native, I was lost trying to find the meet-up spot (I highly recommend asking someone for instructions). The boat tour was cool, pretty fast. It was a very short history lesson the city. We made about 3 stops on the water and came back, so it didn't seem like a long 30 minutes.
    Written August 13, 2023
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    Kathy
    Urbana, IL5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun tour! Seats are cushioned and comfy. It was a hot day, but once we got up to speed it was very wind and a little cold, so take a jacket or windbreaker, even if it is 90 degrees. Our Guide. Abby was fun and Jamie’s was a skilled Captain!
    Written September 29, 2021
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    Antonio Carlos
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021 • Couples
    Tour guide Ted Bear, first mate Camille and captain Tom provided my wife and I with an experience we will never forget.

    Ted was our guide and made the whole tour super fun, even the safety talk! He is a natural!

    Captain Tom and Camille kept us safe during the whole ride.

    Couldn’t have gotten a better crew to appreciate the Chicago Skyline and feel the lake wind on our faces!

    Will go back for more!
    Written September 11, 2021
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    Dee J
    Cleveland12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021 • Couples
    Although we arrived late and missed our boat because our driver did not know where the boarding dock was, the ticket operator was kind enough to offer the next tour to us and we were glad she did because it was AMAZING! Despite all of the passengers getting wet (and that water was COLD!) we still had fun laughing as we were getting soaked and sang along with the songs. My fiancé and I enjoyed every minute of it. We will definitely go again!
    Written September 26, 2021
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