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One Time Exception: Chicago Water Taxi


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One Time Exception: Chicago Water Taxi
Cost $3 (Returns and Day passes available).

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Chicago offers many ways to get around the city. From the iconic L, to the bus network that is understandable to some… to the madcap taxis.  During some months of the year when the Chicago River isn’t frozen over, there is another option – the Chicago Water Taxi. This takes a route from Madison Street, over to La Salle, and finally to a stop near North Michigan Avenue. As I was near the Boeing store near Madison Street, this was more than convenient, as I wanted to get back to the Intercontinental on North Michigan. Yes, I could have caught the L, then walked, but this seemed more fun.

Ticket buying was a case of using a Credit Card machine, and soon enough, I had a ticket to ride. Boarding the board was by a gangplank, and soon enough the water taxi was on its way.

For those of you who have done the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s boat tour, this follows part of the route the tour takes, up the Chicago River.

So, yes – you could use this to replace part of the boat tour, but you’ll have no commentary ;)

Pictures are better than words in this case, so lets do some pictures.

The boat docked near North Michigan Avenue, and soon enough I was at the top of the elevator, and heading back to the Intercontinental.


The North Michigan Avenue Dock

Overall: For $3, it’s a steal if you want to see the architecture of the Loop on a budget.  But choose a nice day to do it, otherwise, you’ll 1) freeze or 2) get wet…

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