My wife and I enjoyed the night tour, which cost us $30 per person. It started at 8pm and lasted until around 9:30. We started on the Chicago river at Michigan Ave. and sailed West along Upper Wacker then turned South along Lower Wacker. We reached Willis (Sears) Tower, then turned around and retraced our route. We passed our origination point and went out into Lake Michigan, traveling along the coast a bit Northward then Southward to the museum district. We then sailed back to our origination point.
It was a pleasant atmosphere on board, with everyone on the top open-air deck throughout most of the tour. The bottom, enclosed, deck contained a bar offering drinks (not included in the ticket price). We did not get splashed with water during the trip.
The views of Chicago during this tour were amazing. Within the city, we were afforded great views of several Chicago landmark buildings. Out on the lake, we got amazing views of the Chicago skyline. These views, after sundown with the city lights, were alone worth the ticket price. This is a great chance for photography, but be sure you have a fast lens...the boat is pretty stable on the river but out on the lake it's a little choppy. Exposures longer than 1/10 second will be blurry.
Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of our tour guide. He was amazing, though. His love of architecture and the city of Chicago were quite apparent. In fact, I assumed he majored in architecture but he said his degree is in music composition. He gave fairly detailed information about 15-20 buildings. He also talked about the Chicago River, Navy Pier, and other areas along the Chicago shoreline. He's probably one of the best tour guides I have ever had.
The boat (just the top deck) had ample seating. It was perhaps 1/3 full with maybe 25 people (this is a gross estimate).
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