Don’t be fooled folks, water taxis are not just for tourists. Seriously. We love taking water taxis just as an activity on a nice summer day. They make for fun, affordable family fun. You can soak up the lake breezes and take in the stunning architecture. Or, you can easily use them as a cool form of transportation, like we did recently, when we took one to Chinatown. There are two companies that operate water taxis in Chicago. Shoreline and Chicago Water Taxi.
Shoreline offers two routes of water taxi service. The lake route runs between Navy Pier and Museum Campus. This is a great option with kids and can elevate any trip to one of Chicago’s museums. Often times, we’ll leave the Shedd and jump on the water taxi to Navy Pier to grab an ice cream treat and walk around the pier. My kids are huge fans of Navy Pier and the rides there. The river route serves Navy Pier, the Michigan Avenue Bridge and Willis (Sears) Tower/Union Station.
Chicago Water Taxi operates on a loop on the Chicago River, connecting passengers between Chinatown and Madison Street on the south branch; La Salle Street and Michigan Avenue on the main branch, and North Avenue on the North Branch. As you know, we frequent Chinatown often, and recently we arrived by water taxi, which just added to the day of fun. The water taxi arrives at Ping Tom Memorial Park, which is about a 7 minute walk to the main artery of Chinatown. The kids loved arriving by boat. After we had finished an early dinner at Ming Hin, one of our favorite restaurants, we returned by boat and enjoyed a glorious nighttime cruise home.