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Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise on Lake Michigan

Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise on Lake Michigan

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Chicago, United States
icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy Chicago’s fireworks in 3D during a 2-hour boat cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Before the fireworks begin, learn about the history of The Windy City as your boat cruises along the waterfront, passing sights including Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus and the John Hancock Building. Hear informative commentary from your onboard guide about the landmarks, the locks system and more, then sit back with the best seats in the city for the spectacular fireworks show.
  • 2-hour Chicago 3D fireworks cruise on Lake Michigan
  • Watch the Chicago fireworks in 3D on a premium sightseeing cruise boat on Lake Michigan
  • See landmarks such as Museum Campus and the John Hancock Building all lit up for the night
  • Hear informative commentary about the city
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Departure Point

112 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

Located on Chicago's Riverwalk just off The Magnificent Mile and within walking distance from most Chicago hotels. Address: 112 E. Wacker Drive (Michigan Avenue & Wacker Drive)

Departure Time

8:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please proceed directly to the boat with your voucher
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mercury, Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Chicago 3D Fireworks Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers.

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Too many people
Tisha_M
, Sep 2021
Considering we are still within a pandemic, the boat was entirely too packed with people. Someone was smoking weed, it just wasn’t the experience I was looking for. I thought it’d be completely different.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Tisha. We are so sorry for this experience. We can appreciate your frustration and we thank you for bringing to our attention. We are addressing internally on our end. While we did not sell the boat to full capacity, I understand your health concerns as it relates to the other passengers on board. Please note that this was a public boat tour. If you would like to discuss further, please contact me directly at atroche@cruisechicago.com.
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Disappointing
Karen_B
, Sep 2021
Many unruly children and extremely drunk people on board. Unprofessional things were said by “employees” when a incident happened to a private boater. Sat downstairs was told as the fireworks began (late, of course no fault of boat) that you had to be upstairs to actually see, by the time we made it up there the only spot was very close to staircase… Two very drunk girls in our faces were actually quite threatening with their attitudes. Worse of all - NO COVID OR MASK RULES FOLLOWED!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We are so sorry for this experience! We can appreciate your frustration and we thank you for bringing to our attention. We are addressing internally on our end. Please note that masks are not required outside on the deck and this boat was not sold to capacity. If you would like to discuss further, please contact me directly at atroche@cruisechicago.com.
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star-5
Great experience overall!
Shandra_G
, Sep 2021
I thought this was a great experience and everything ran smooth! The fireworks show was great and even while we awaited for the gate to open that was an exciting experience for me seeing all the water pouring in. My sisters and I will definitely attend again whenever we visit Chicago! Only improvement it could’ve been better music choices and an adult only boat as these kids kept running around playing 💪🏽💪🏽
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star-5
Worth it!
Sheereen_S
, Aug 2021
Beautiful skyline views and views of the pier. Awesome firework show. It rained but they had ponchos for sale which were a lifesaver because it’s hard to see anything from inside the bottom level. So we were able to enjoy the show on top with our ponchos. Good drinks and limited snacks available for purchase
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😝
Vee
, Aug 2021
The fire works was the only exciting thing about the cruise. They call it a cruise, but we only sat in the harbor.
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8/21/21
Jessica_B
, Aug 2021
Cruise itself was amazing. Booked it for a night of fun before getting married. Young children enjoyed the cruise and fireworks. Only issue we bumped into was our cruise ran a bit late due to the lock being busy, not that big of a deal, but trying to leave, the gate to leave the Riverwalk was closed. Had somebody twist their ankle trying to climb over and out of the area.
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Not a fun time
Annemarie_P
, Aug 2021
Extremely disappointed. The 3-D firework night cruise was supposed to take us around the river and end in the lake to see the navy pier fireworks. The tour guy was good but he only gave information on about five buildings. The rest of the time we were sitting on the boat waiting for the lock system to change so we could get into Lake Michigan. Do not recommend. It was a waste of time and I would like my money back.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We apologize for this experience. Due to traffic at the harbor lock, we missed our first chance to get out onto the lake, so we had to wait for the next cycle. We did make it out to the lake before the fireworks show, but as it was ending, the lock was already loading back on to the river. We got locked out and unfortunately had to wait another cycle, in which the fireworks barge got priority before commercial vessels could enter, causing further delays. We sincerely apologize.
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At the mercy of the locks
Carrin_S
, Aug 2021
The coolest part of this experience was seeing the actual fireworks. That was it. There was no actual boat ride out into the lake. We made it about 100 yards past the lock. We boarded the boat at 8:30 for 10:15 fireworks. We ended up being stuck on the boat out on the lake because we couldn’t get back into the river due to the lock schedule being too busy. Then, when we finally did get to the dock AT 11:50, the gates at the top of the stairs (which was the only way to exit) we’re LOCKED!! There were literally 70 year old people and people with small babies who were climbing over this gate to get back to the street. Perhaps the schedule needs to be communicated better so the guests didn’t have to sit on the boat for over three hours to then later scale a gate to exit. Would recommend the architectural tour on the canals, NOT this one!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We apologize for this experience. Due to traffic at the harbor lock, we missed our first chance to get out onto the lake, so we had to wait for the next cycle. We did make it out to the lake before the fireworks show, but as it was ending, the lock was already loading back on to the river. We got locked out and unfortunately had to wait another cycle, in which the fireworks barge got priority before commercial vessels could enter, causing further delays. The gate at the top of the stairs being locked is not something we’ve experienced in the past. We do not have authorization to lock that gate and suspect it was done by a city employee. We will work with riverwalk security to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We sincerely apologize.
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star-3
FUN CRUISE
Joseph_J
, Aug 2021
Beautiful trip up the river into the lake. The ship needs to play better uplifting music during the cruise. Other than that it was enjoyable.
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Anniversary Trip
EILEEN_T
, Aug 2021
Great experience! Loved our host, Emma! She explained the tour very well and made it interesting. Highly recommend!
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