Chicago river tours

Seadog Architecture Tours

Get up-close views of Chicago's unique architecture and famous landmarks.

What's Included

Speedboat Ride
Narrated Tour
75 Minutes
  • A 75-minute cruise through the historic Chicago Locks and up the Chicago River
  • Up-close views of all the famous bridges of the Chicago River
  • Entertaining narration with amusing stories and facts on Chicago's history
  • Fascinating stories about some of Chicago's most famous buildings including the Tribune Building, Willis Tower, Lyric Opera and the Merchandise Mart
  • An exciting speedboat ride along the lakefront featuring views of Chicago including Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago Harbor, Chicago's Museum Campus and more!

Cruise Schedule

Monday - Thursday:
Departure Times
11:15am 1:15pm
3:15pm 5:15pm
Friday - Sunday:
Departure Times
*8:15pm on Friday & Sunday only
11:15am 12:15pm
1:15pm 2:15pm
3:15pm 4:15pm
5:15pm 6:15pm
7:15pm 8:15pm
Odyssey Chicago River in front of River Point

Important Information

Our vessels are accessible for most standard manual wheelchairs.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Infants under 2 cruise free.
BYOB (no glass) and snacks, and enjoy a cool cruise along Chicago's iconic waterfront.
BYOD too! Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome on board for free.

Seadog River & Lake Architecture Tour

Navy Pier - Seadog

Ships departing from this dock

Navy Pier


600 E Grand Ave

Your Spirit cruise departs from the historic Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. Depending on the tour you choose, you’ll get up close with the amazing architecture along the Chicago River, see the city’s iconic skyline from Lake Michigan, or both!

Ready to Book?

Don't miss out - seats on Seadog fill up fast! Tickets can also be purchased at our ticket booth on Navy Pier if seats are available.

Tickets starting at $36.95
Purchase Tickets

*Cruising with a child under 2? Please add a $0.00 infant ticket to your cart. Infants cruise free, but are required to have a ticket so we can get an accurate headcount.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are food and drink allowed on board? +

Yes! However, we do not sell food or beverages on board, but you’re welcome to bring your own refreshments as long as there is no glass.

Are there restrooms on Seadog boats? +

Yes. Restrooms are available on all Seadog boats.

Is Seadog okay for all ages to ride? +

Seadog offers something for everyone! We do not, however, recommend cruising for those with cardiac conditions or orthopedic conditions associated with the neck or back. It’s also not recommended for women in late terms of pregnancy. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult to cruise aboard any Seadog product. Don’t forget, you must be at least 48 inches to board Seadog’s Extreme Thrill Ride!

What happens in inclement weather? +

If Seadog Cruises cancels your cruise due to inclement weather, you may reschedule your cruise date or receive a refund. 

If we know in advance that your cruise will be cancelled due to weather, you will receive a call from our contact center to reschedule. If you do not receive a call and/or are concerned about your cruise being cancelled because of weather, please call our reservation center at 888-636-7737 for more information on your specific cruise.

What is Seadog's pet policy? +

Friendly leashed dogs are welcome aboard Seadog and cruise for FREE (Woof!).

Will I get wet? +

It is unlikely that you will get wet on Seadog’s 30-Minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour, 75-Minute River and Lake Architectural Tour, and a 60-Minute Lakefront Fireworks Cruise. However, Seadog is an open-air speedboat so there’s always a possibility depending on lake and wind conditions.

You will definitely get wet aboard Seadog's 30 minute Extreme Thrill Ride, that's part of the fun! Please be sure to dress accordingly. Ponchos are available for purchase at our ticket booth.


It was a fantastic tour, our guide Teela was very funny and very professional! Quick boarding, very interesting facts. That was amazing!

Norbert T.
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