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Chicago Water Taxi

400 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312-337-1446
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We are Chicago's river transportation service. An iconic fleet of black and yellow boats, we serve all three branches of the Chicago River from March to November. Our stops include Michigan Avenue, Chinatown, North Avenue, Clark and LaSalle, The Chicago Riverwalk, and Union and Ogilvie Train Station. There is no better way to get around Chicago than by boat!
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400 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Magnificent Mile
+1 312-337-1446
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a treat for the whole family! We were able to see Chicago's famous architecture as well as relax on the boat riding down the river.

Thank s s
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the Water Taxi 2 times. We rode from the Skydeck to Navy Pier and then also from Navy Pier to the museum complex where we saw the Shedd Aquarium. It was fun as transportation since the weather was good.

Thank Lily S
Reviewed 5 days ago

I took the water taxi twice on my trip. I bought the all day pass for $9.00. The boats are very nice and comfortable. This was my first time taking them and I will definitely do it again when I go to the city.

Thank Dnb1234
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the Chicago River Taxi from the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue south to Chinatown. The senior rate is $2.50 each way and I think full price is $5.00. Compared to the escorted / narrated boat trips at $35.00, this is a huge bargain...More

Thank worldtraveler144
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The CWT was an integral part of one of our days in Chicago. For less than $10 we got an all day pass for the CWT, and explored the city that way. It was fun, and the staff was also very nice and helpful. It...More

Thank PixieArlo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The pickup was across from our hotel so it made for a walk to get there. We purchased tickets from the person at the water taxi/ tour area. The total cost was $5 a person or $9 all day. We did the $5 one way...More

Thank TheLukeCoop
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used the water taxi as a way to sight see and visit China Town. Very inexpensive boat ride - purchased unlimited day pass for $9 each.

Thank Sara K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the Chicago Water Taxi from Navy Pier to the Shedd Aquarium or vice versa. The boats leave on the half hour and the cost is $10 for an adult and $5 for a child. You will get a wonderful view of the Chicago Skyline...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I discovered Chicago Water Taxi recommendations on Tripadvisor and they were right on. Convenient, cheap, and scenic. We were able to get to Shedd Aquarium from the downtown Union Station/Willis Tower stop via the Navy Pier and back again with very little wait time. An...More

Thank Shelly E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a fun quick way to get from one end of downtown to the other and to see a bit of the river and buildings.

Thank Vickie L
Magnificent Mile
Over 400 stores pack the concrete along Michigan
Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent
Mile. This area between Oak Avenue and the Chicago
River is more a shopping paradise than a full-out
neighborhood. For prime upscale shopping, this is the
place to go. It’s busy, energetic, and packed with
shoppers. You'll also find hundreds of restaurants and
dozens of hotels, all on the mid- to high-end scale.
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Jason L
Does water taxi run on weekends
24 March 2017|
Response from ChicagoWaterTaxi | Property representative |
We start weekends on April 1st. Vessels run 10am - 6:30pm on weekends.
passion to travel
I am going to be there Christmas and New Years. Does the river ever freeze over so they can't run the boat tours? I hope I can go in a boat tour or taxi around via the water!!
18 July 2016|
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Response from mom2threestooges | Reviewed this property |
Yes at some point in the fall they stop running the water taxis.
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Can you stay on the taxi and enjoy the ride if you have a day pass? Or do you have to get off at each stop?
20 June 2016|
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Response from inspectorforfun | Reviewed this property |
I believe your ticket takes you where you want to go. I bet you could stay on the boat and just ride around I have not tried it.