Family Friendly Cruises on the Chicago River

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Island Time located at Island Party Hut (between Lake Shore Drive and Columbus on the Riverwalk)

355 Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago, IL 60601

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75 minute cruise on the Chicago River, breathtaking views of the city & skyline + amazing photo ops! Get out and have some fun!

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Get the whole family out of the house for this one of a kind cruise aboard the Island Time!

We offer our guests a chance to see the city in a whole new light. Guests are treated to sights of the city's architectural wonders from a postcard-worthy vantage point as they cruise down the river. No noisy guide, just island tunes as you view Chicago's bridges and buildings from a different perspective. Cruise down the Chicago River aboard one of Chicago's largest boats, snap some great pictures and enjoy a full bar on board!

The boat takes your comfort and safety very seriously. The boat and its staff are implementing safety measures in line with the City of Chicago's "Be Safe Chicago" guidance. Please click here for more/important details.

Due to current restrictions, only a limited number of tickets will be sold. Buy now before you miss out!

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  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: a 75 minute family friendly cruise on the Chicago River
  • THE VIEWS: Enjoy breathtaking views of the city and skyline!
  • PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Capture amazing photos of your family as you cruise!
  • DRINKS: Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase onboard.
  • THE BOAT: Our two-story yacht has full service bathrooms, bars and helpful staff

FREE STUFF: Your tickets also include over $200 in Freebies* including: Up to $30 in FREE DoorDash cash from DoorDash, $10 of FREE Bitcoin from Coinbase, $10 in FREE food from Ritual and more! Click HERE for more info. *All offers valid for first time users only and subject to change without notice.


  • For 9:30AM cruises boarding will begin promptly at 9:15AM, for 12:00PM cruises boarding will begin promptly at 11:40AM.
  • All guests must be present 10 min prior to departure time or their spot may be given away. Those who miss boarding will NOT receive a refund.
  • Please have your printed Eventbrite QR Code ready as you enter the boarding line.
  • As soon as boarding is complete, the gate will close and the crew will start preparing for departure. No one else will be permitted to board.
  • Please be on time, as the boat will leave without you!

PHOTO CONTEST: Enter to win our photo contest by posting pictures to Facebook or Instagram using "#ChicagoFamilyCruises" Our panel of judges will go through the pictures and winners will be contacted after the cruise!


  • Does my child/baby/infant need a ticket? Yes. All guests including children, babies and infants need tickets due to safety regulations.
  • What is the dress code? There is NO Dress code for the boat.
  • Can I bring my own food/drink on the boat? You can bring food and beverages purchased at Island Party Hut Tiki Bar and Grill (located steps from the dock) aboard this vessel. Other than that no outside food or beverage may be brought on the boat.
  • What do I need to bring to get on the boat? Your printed ticket from Eventbrite that displays the square QR code. If you plan to consume alcoholic beverages, you must have a valid 21+ government issued ID.
  • What happens if it rains? Rain or shine we cruise! The first floor of the boat is indoors and climate controlled. In the unlikely event that the captain deems it unsafe to cruise we will cancel the cruise and issue full refunds.
  • How do I get to the boat? Please see below for a map and a detailed list of directions.
  • Where is my ticket? Click here.

IMPORTANT UPDATE/NOTICE as of December 22, 2020: Please note despite this experience being scheduled we will be monitoring the guidelines and recommendations from the relevant agencies/authorities and notify all ticket-holders via email if anything changes.

Any individual with Covid-19 symptoms should avoid gatherings and stay home. Please exhibit proper hygiene and cleanliness as recommended by relevant health organizations should you plan to attend these experiences.

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The Island Time is docked at Island Party Hut on the South side of the Chicago River between Lake Shore Drive and Columbus. The physical address is 355 Chicago Riverwalk. Use the maps along with the directions below to get to the boat!

Dropped Off

  • If getting dropped off by taxi, tell the driver to drop you off at the corner of East Wacker & North Columbus, then take the stairs down to walk east. You will see the Island Party Hut on your right almost immediately.


  • Take any stairway down to the Riverwalk on the south side of the Chicago River.
  • Walk east toward the lake.
  • You will see the Island Party Hut on your right between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.

Parking Options

Alternate Parking Locations: In the event that both lots above are at capacity, we’ve listed additional parking options.

  • ABM Parking Services - 400 N McClurg - (855) 234-0260
  • ABM Parking Services - 323 E. Wacker - (312) 268-8116
  • LAZ Parking - 350 E. Monroe - (312) 616-0600
  • Navy Pier Lots - 600 E Grand - (312) 595-5072

Rules, Regulations & Disclaimers: A valid ticket with scannable QR code is required by all guests to board. It is recommended to print a paper ticket to prevent any technology complications which would prevent your ticket from displaying on your phone. There is no guest list at the boat, each ticket must be scanned. Security reserves the right to inspect all bags and persons. Absolutely no outside food or beverage may be brought on the boat. Enjoy responsibly and no guest under 21 is permitted to accept or be served alcohol. Please be aware that this experience will comply with the Illinois Liquor Control Act 235 ILCS 5/6-16(a). Guests who are deemed intoxicated (or otherwise unfit) upon arrival, will be denied entry and no refunds will be given. We want all guests to enjoy themselves on the cruise, but please note you will be on the boat for an extended amount of time and our number one priority is the safety of all guests. The boat will depart the dock as soon as boarding is completed. Once the boat begins its cast off procedure, for the safety of all guests, absolutely no late arrivals will be allowed within the security fence to board. If you are late, you will be left at the harbor without a refund. In the event of dangerous weather conditions, security situations, mechanical issues with the locks, the boat, etc., the boat may not cruise, but the party will still go on at the dock. In the event of rain, or other inclement weather, the party will continue on the enclosed portion of the boat. Any ticketing/technical issues will be handled by Eventbrite.com. Please contact them directly at https://www.eventbrite.com/contact-us/. Sorry – no refunds or price adjustments. The Eventbrite system does not allow us to restrict people who are underage from buying tickets. Cruise length will vary based upon multiple factors, including, but not limited to: boarding time, lock operations, boat traffic, weather, special events such as fireworks, emergency situations, etc. The music's volume level will be set to an acceptable level intended to please all guests and may be regulated/limited by safety regulations set forth by the captain. For further Terms and Conditions of this experience and ticket purchase please see “Ticket Purchase and Event Terms and Conditions” in checkout before purchasing these tickets; which shall also be binding and shall be incorporated by reference as though fully stated herein.

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Island Time located at Island Party Hut (between Lake Shore Drive and Columbus on the Riverwalk)

355 Chicago Riverwalk

Chicago, IL 60601

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