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Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Entertainment, Guest Posts, How To, Travel | 0 comments

How to Get Around Chicago: Take A Water Taxi

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When you travel the waterways of Chicago, you notice things you never see at street level. Water taxis are a convenient and affordable way to experience the expanse of the river while still having access to the busy streets of the city.

If you are planning a day in Chicago and are seeking things to do at different water taxi stops, we have a handful of ideas to get you started.

Clark Street Riverwalk

Right in the heart of The Chicago Riverwalk, the Clark Street stop gives you stellar views of the river, famous Chicago buildings (such as the Marina Towers and the Merchandise Mart), and A-list attractions. There is even Divvy Bike Station at the corner of Clark Street and Lake Street if you aren’t in the mood to stroll. Divvy Bikes can be ridden around the city for a small fee. When you are done riding, you can park them at any of the 580+ stations across Chicago, Evanston and Oak Park.

Michigan Avenue

The Magnificent Mile (or Mag Mile for short) is a primo strip for shopping and dining. The Michigan Avenue water taxi stop is just stairs away from the attractions and stores that have made this area famous. If the Mag Mile is your destination there is plenty to enjoy; shopping at American Girl Place and Bloomingdales, visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Sports Museum, or dining on a Chicago classic, deep dish pizza, at Giordano’s.

North Avenue

There is a water taxi stop on Goose Island, which is a short walk from North Avenue. Goose Island is a manmade island in the Chicago River, an island responsible for the name of the Goose Island Beer Company which began nearby in 1988. Once you are on land, simply take the Cherry Street Bridge to North Avenue. There are oodles of shopping opportunities and after a short walk you will find Halsted Street, home to some of the best restaurants and theaters in Chicago, including the famous Steppenwolf Theatre.


The Chinatown dock is in Ping Tom Park, a city park named after an acclaimed Chinatown businessman and civic leader. First step ashore you will find yourself at an attractive pagoda, a welcoming entrance to this Chicago neighborhood. Favorite places to dine include Joy Yee, known for affordable noodle dishes and every type of bubble tea you can imagine, or Lao Sze Chuan, a favorite stop for lovers of spicy food. After lunch, head to the Chinese American Museum of Chicago to learn more about Chinese customs, see stunning artworks, and experience educational exhibits.

Check out the website at for rates, schedules, and hours. There is limited service (if any) during the winter months, but during the summer there are oodles of opportunities to ride the water taxis. People who live on the route even use it to commute.

See you on the river!

Mali Anderson is a Chicago-based writer and photographer. Her articles on culture, food, and parenting have been published throughout the country. See more of her work at