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The BEST Way to See Chicago this Summer

Giveaway with Chicago's Mercury Cruises

By Sara Yaniga, Macaroni Kid Chicago June 30, 2021

"We are visiting Chicago this summer!  What should we do and see?

I hear this a lot from friends and family who are coming to Chicago, or even from people who are new to Chicago and there is no doubt I could rattle off a list of dozens of great things to see and experience in this city.  The fact is that there is only ONE thing that I consider a "must-do" no matter if you are exploring solo, with friends or with a family in tow and that is seeing the Windy City from the water!  Most cities with a waterfront presence are situated on the East or West Coast, but Chicago is a midwestern, middle of America, gem with miles of lakefront and a river that travels east/west AND north/south! When you choose to take a cruise, you get the opportunity to see the Third Coast from beautiful Lake Michigan, or the unique Chicago Riverwalk - or even better, BOTH!


Another thing I personally love about a tour from the water is that you get the content of a guided tour without that confined feeling of a bus or the physical demands of a walking tour (which can be hard on kid legs).  Every time we have visitors we try to take them on a cruise and the Urban Adventure Skyline Cruise from Mercury Cruises never disappoints for a fun family outing. This is why Mercury Cruises have been a cornerstone of Chicago's riverfront for 85 years, offering family-friendly cruises day and night.  


“As one of the first local Chicago tour boat operators, we’re honored to continue providing Chicago families and visitors with some outdoor epic fun as they experience Chicago’s Riverwalk, amazing skyline and waterfront. We provide guests with lasting memories of their visit to our City,” said Bob Agra III, Mercury Cruises’ Vice President.



As we begin to open to traveling once again, Mercury offers a great, open-air, attraction for locals and tourists alike and Macaroni Kid Chicago (Midtown) would love to send you on an upcoming Urban Adventure Cruise, where you will really get to experience Chicago from a guided tour along the Chicago River and then take in the entire magnificent skyline from a Lake Michigan cruise.   Just click the link below for a chance to win!

Click HERE to Win 4 Tickets to Sail with Mercury Cruises!*

Quick FAQs about Mercury Cruises

  • Mercury Cruises depart from the SE corner of Michigan Ave & Wacker Dr (112 E Wacker Drive)
  • Urban Adventure cruises last 90 minutes
  • Cruises are currently offered Friday, Saturday and Sundays with multiple cruises offered a day (See Schedule)
  • Tickets are $39/ages 16+, $17/ages 5-15 and FREE for those under age 5
  • Snacks and beverages are available for purchase onboard
  • Cruises happen rain or shine (bring a poncho or umbrella if the forecast is iffy, you will still have fun!)
  • Strollers can be brought on board and stored downstairs during the tour

*This contest is open to subscribers of Macaroni Kid Chicago only, ages 18 and up (by June 29, 2021)  Please enter using the same email address you used to subscribe.  All new emails will be added to the newsletter distribution list, but may unsubscribe easily at any time.
One winner will be selected and contacted by the information provided on the entry form below.  Winner will be given 72 hours to respond.  Final cruise details, including date, will be finalized directly with Mercury Cruises. Prize has no cash value and is non-transferable.