Chicago Day Bike & River Cruise Combo

Experience Chicago by bike and by boat!


Chicago boasts an 18-mile Lakefront Trail for cycling, running and walking and this tour aims to show you what we feel is the best part of it. Starting at our conveniently located South Loop office, we’ll take you on a tour from Grant Park north to Lincoln Park with plenty of stops, stories and photo ops in between.

See eight of Chicago’s most high profile neighborhoods - South Loop, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, River North, the Loop and Printer’s Row - in addition to both of Chicago’s showpiece parks, Grant Park and Lincoln Park. Cruise along the Lakefront and hear loads of information about Chicago’s history, architecture and culture as well as quirky facts and stories from one of our world class tour guides.

This tour covers the major Chicago sites as well as dipping into the surrounding neighborhoods, often missed by most visitors, for an experience that is unlike anything else we’ve ever offered in our decade-plus in Chicago!


Cruise down the Chicago River in style and admire the city's breathtaking architecture. Board a Chicago River Architecture Tour with an experienced live guide who will detail the 130 year long story behind the legendary skyline of the Second City.

On board, you will have bartenders and staff keep you comfortable and entertained (cost of drinks/snacks not included). This inclusive tour will navigate through the heart of the Windy City on all three branches of the Chicago River. This 75 minute cruise through the heart of Chicago is a can't-miss for visitors and locals alike!

  • Seating is general admission and is based on a first come, first served basis. We suggest arriving 30 minutes prior to your departure time to get in line.
  • Boarding begins about 15 minutes prior to departure and the boat leaves at the time indicated on your ticket.
  • Boats will not be held past the posted departure time and we cannot issue refunds for those who miss their departure.
  • All bags are subject to screening.
  • Restrooms are available on board.

Package Highlights

  • Live Guides
  • 3.5 - 4 hour bike tour of Chicago
    • Grant Park
    • Buckingham Fountain
    • Art Institute
    • Millennium Park (please note that we do not ride inside the park)
    • Navy Pier
    • North Side Beaches
    • Lincoln Park
    • Clark Street Corridor
    • Chicago’s Loop
    • Federal Plaza
    • Printer’s Row
  • 1.25 hour boat tour on the Chicago River
    • Willis Tower
    • Centennial Fountain and Water Arc
    • Merchandise Mart
    • Michigan Avenue Bridge
    • Wrigley Building
    • Chicago Riverwalk
    • Lyric Opera of Chicago
    • Marina City
    • Tribune Tower


  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    Due to the river cruise company policies, this package is non-refundable.

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point for the bike tour?

    The Chicago Bike Tour meets at our office, located at 910 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 130, Chicago, IL 60605, at the south end of Grant Park. Our entrance is located on 9th Street, steps away from the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 9th.

    • If you are taking the public Subway (the L), we're located midway between the Roosevelt stop (Red, Orange and Green Lines) and Harrison (Red Line only).
    • We have several parking options within a few blocks of our office and all have rates posted as you enter. Please note that the open air lots will require you to pre-pay for parking and tow violators regularly for not having a ticket on their dashboard. Additionally, parking rates are subject to special event pricing on busy weekends when there are festivals, concerts and other major events, so please plan accordingly.
  • Expand/Collapse Where do I meet for the river cruise?

    You'll meet at Wendella Boats, located at 400 North Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building. You will be directed to the correct dock from there.

    Boarding begins about 15 minutes prior to departure and the boat leaves at the time indicated on your ticket, so we suggest arriving 30 minutes prior to your departure time. Boats will not be held past the posted departure time and we cannot issue refunds for those who miss their departure.

  • Expand/Collapse What cycling skill level do I need for the bike tour?

    While all of our tours maintain a leisurely pace, we want our guests to have fun and be safe, so being able to ride a bike is paramount.

    You should have good balance, be able to start and stop comfortably, and be familiar with hand brakes. We will be riding on bike lanes, through parks, and occasionally with traffic. Riders should be prepared riding single-file behind other riders and riding in a group. Safety is our number one priority but confidence in yourself is the first step to overall group safety.

    If you're not sure how you'll fare, we invite you to come to our office about 30 minutes prior to your tour start time to try the bikes. 

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for children?

    Yes! Our Chicago Day Bike Tour is a wonderful way for kids to discover Chicago. Please keep in mind that children under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult on the tour.

    • For children up to 12 years old or 45kg (100lbs) without good bike handling skills we offer 2-wheeled tandems that allow the passenger to pedal or coast, without having to maintain a high level of balance. All riders over 45kg (100lbs) must ride their own bicycle. We have various sized city bikes to accommodate just about every size of rider, from extra small 20 inch wheeled bikes for riders that are 3.3ft (100cm) to extra large for riders up to 6.5ft (198cm). Unfortunately, we do not have adult tricycles, adult tandems, or bikes with training wheels for adults or children that may be less confident in their riding ability.
    • There is no additional charge for trailers, tandems or baby seats. Due to limited availability, please book baby seats, trailers, tandems, 20” and 24” wheeled bikes in advance. 
    • Please Note: All extra small 20 inch and small 24 inch bikes are equipped with both hand brakes and pedal brakes.
    • Our city tours are very casual, with only slight elevation changes on varying surfaces including smooth gravel and pavement. It is necessary, however, that any person participating in our bike tours have at least some bike riding experience, and should be comfortable riding in a group.
  • Expand/Collapse Is the lunch included in the price?

    No, the cost of lunch is not included. Your options at the lunch stop will include salads, sandwiches, and wraps which you can enjoy indoors or outside in the park. You are welcome to pack your own lunch.

    Please note that only the 9:30 a.m. tour includes a stop for lunch. If you are joining us on the 2 p.m. tour, please eat prior to your tour.

  • Expand/Collapse Is a helmet included?

    Yes, helmets are provided and we require all riders to wear helmets on our tours.

    Your safety is top priority for us and studies have shown that helmets can reduce head injuries by at least 85%.

  • Expand/Collapse Can we buy water at your office?

    Yes! We have cold water available for purchase in our office before your bike tour.

  • Expand/Collapse Do we go inside the museums and monuments?

    Unfortunately, 3.5-4 hours does not give us enough time to enter any of the sites that we see on our Chicago Day Bike Tour.  This tour is designed to enjoy the city from a broad perspective and come away with a greater understanding of its history and layout.

    After your tour, we have lots of information in our office in regards to museum opening times and the best way to see them.

  • Expand/Collapse Is there parking available?

    Parking near the Fat Tire Tours office (Bike Tour)

    There is a parking garage in Columbia Plaza (the building we are located in). It is operated by PMI Parking. Note the address of the parking garage (2400 Virginia Ave NW) is slightly different than our address (502 23rd St NW), but they are in the same building. There is also street parking available near our office, but be sure to check the meters as they may restrict the parking time to 2 hours. Or, they may not allow parking during certain hours. Though parking is available, we always encourage our guests to use the METRO to avoid street closures, heavy traffic and difficulty finding parking.

    Wendella Boats has parking information on their website you can find here.

  • Expand/Collapse How do I receive my boat ticket(s)?

    You will receive two separate emails from Fat Tire Tours. The first will be confirmation of your purchase with us, and the second will be an email with your tickets included. You can either print off your tickets or present them on your mobile device in order to board the boat. 

    Please note that due to processing times, your tickets may take up to 24 hours to arrive in your inbox. If you have not received an email with your tickets within 24 hours, and have checked your spam box to ensure they did not incorrectly send there, please Contact Us and our team will be happy to help. 

  • Expand/Collapse Are there food/drinks available on board the boat?

    Yes, there are drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks available for purchase on board.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    All tours run rain or shine. We encourage guests to consult the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

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