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$99 -- BYOB Chicago River Boat Party for up to 10, Save $200

Sold out - This deal was published April 30, 2013 and sold out May 10, 2013.
$99 -- BYOB Chicago River Boat Party for up to 10, Save $200
By Travelzoo Staff
Both the RedEye and ABC-7 recommend a rental from the Chicago Electric Boat Company as a great way to get on the river during the spring and summer (especially during the Navy Pier fireworks!), and Yelpers award these cruises 4.5 stars. With this deal, gather up to 10 friends and set sail on a two- or three-hour BYOB Chicago River cruise any day of the week this summer. 

Why we love it

  • Spend up to 3 hours on the Chicago River in an easy-to-maneuver electric boat
  • Up to 10 can cruise together, or plan a romantic river trip just for 2
  • All cruises are BYOB; bring beverages and a picnic lunch or dinner
  • Cruises can be planned as early as 10 a.m. - plan a weekend brunch cruise
  • Trips can be reserved every day of the week for $99; this is the best deal we've seen this season
  • Act fast and schedule a cruise during the Navy Pier fireworks Wednesdays and Saturdays


April 30, 2013 - Nov. 1, 2013


Chicago Electric Boat Company
300 N. State St.
Marina Level – Unit EE
Chicago, IL 60654
(See Map)
Tel: 312.644.6411

What's included

  • Select:
  • For $99, regularly $300, reserve a boat for two hours
  • For $169, regularly $450, take a three-hour tour
  • Depart from Chicago's iconic Marina City beneath the House of Blues, in the heart of River North. Because all cruises are BYOB, coolers are provided or you can bring your own. Food can also be brought onboard; purchase it to-go from the many nearby restaurants.
  • Captains and tour guides are available to accompany your party for an additional fee (limit 6 people for boats with a captain). All boats have iPod hookups, CD players and radios, so sailors can provide their own soundtrack. Remember, if you plan to BYOB, don't forget to designate a driver. 

The fine print

Update (April 30, 1:30 p.m.): The 3-hour rentals are now sold out. 2-hour rentals are still available. Reservations can be made immediately; vouchers are valid through Nov. 1, 2013. Must visit this page and follow voucher instructions to make reservation. Reservations will not be taken by phone. 24-hour cancellation policy. Not valid on May 27, July 4th, August 17-18 and Sept. 2. Must be 21 or older to rent and drive with valid license. A credit card is required to confirm reservation. 9% city amusement tax not included. $500 deposit required. See below for full terms and conditions. 

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$99   $300
67% off | 1,016 bought
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Chicago Electric Boat Company
98% Enjoyed Chicago Electric Boat Company
98% (157 ratings)
Sold out at
11:40 p.m. CT on May 10


M – F, 9am – 9pm ET

98% Enjoyed Chicago Electric Boat Company
(157 ratings)
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Overall Enjoyed Most Other Comments

The staff was very friendly. The boat was easy to handle and we enjoyed the radio. The map was helpful!

Liked the discounted price

Oct 28, 2013 Carol Illinois, United States

It was a nice experience.

There was a tax and an insurance option that you had to pay for outside of your rental. This should have been stated earlier.

Oct 22, 2013 Michael Illinois, United States

I thought it was a great value and enjoyed very much!

Staff was friendly & easy to work with. My only suggestion would be to provide a map with information of the buildings you are passing by. Renting a tour guide was too pricey but a paper map with readable history /details would have provided further inerest to the trip, especially since there was no one on our trip familiar wtih the sites we were seeing.

Oct 21, 2013 DeAnne Illinois, United States

Boats are covered and enclosed which made it warmer for a mid-October outing. It was windy and raining at times but we were still able to enjoy the ride.

We were able to go west, south and then back east to the locks before having to turn around, so plenty of time to see alot we all felt.

Oct 20, 2013 Tracey Illinois, United States

Going late in the season was nice because of limited boat traffic. It was a pleasant and relaxing ride. Staff was friendly. Boat easy to drive.

Oct 14, 2013 Carol Illinois, United States

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300 N. State St., Marina Level – Unit EE
Chicago, IL 60654
Tel: 312.644.6411

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