The start of spring means that you’ll glimpse bright yellow water taxis coasting down the Chicago River. Wendella Boat Tours started the Chicago Water Taxi for downtown Chicago commuters in 2007 but they’re a great way for tourists to catch scenic views of the Windy City. They float on the lower level between Michigan Avenue and La Salle Street and run on a schedule of about every 20 minutes. On spring break, I grabbed my kids and headed to the underground labyrinth to the water taxi stop.
We hopped on a taxi, which only costs $4 for rides all day. The views include landmark buildings like Marina City as well as crowded tour boats and the famously murky, green, waves of the Chicago River. The boats are equipped with indoor covered seats as well as more scenic, outdoor benches, which my kids preferred . Just remember to bring a jacket because the wind whips on that river. On a sunny day, the ride is tranquil and breezy, there’s even a bar for hardcore unwinding. We rode the water taxi for 40 minutes and got off at the Michigan Avenue stop, which is only a few blocks from Millennium Park. We strolled through the park, taking in the sculptures, including the iconic Cloudgate (The Bean). You can grab hot dogs and chips or sit down at the Park Grill for more leisurely dining.
Photo courtesy of Chicago Water Taxi