Chicago Water Taxi
The Chicago Water Taxi is a fun and inexpensive way to travel downtown Chicago. Offering a unique perspective of the city, The Chicago Water Taxi has resumed full service for 2008 and costs only $2.00 per ride. Water Taxi Tickets may be purchased on the boat (cash only) and multi-ride discount passes are available.
The Chicago Water Taxi recently announced plans to begin service to Chinatown’s Ping Tom Park this summer. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, the Chicago Water Taxi will run an hourly shuttle from Michigan Avenue to Chinatown, making all stops. Water Taxi service to Chinatown will run only on weekends and will cost $4.00 from Michigan Avenue or $2.00 from Madison Street.
The Chicago Water Taxi currently stops at Madison Street (Union Station), Clark Street and Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit the official Chicago Water Taxi website.
When asked about their proposed station at River East Plaza, a contact at Chicago Water Taxi said “It does not look like we will be going to River East this season. The building has not given us docking rights. We will continue to look for docks east of Michigan Avenue but for the time being we will not be going there.”
Chicago Water Taxi
In 1962, Wendella started a rush hour commuter service between Michigan Avenue and the Northwestern Railroad Station, enhancing transportation options for the city’s thousands of commuters by utilizing the resources of the Chicago River. Known as the RiverBus since 1999, now the new Chicago Water Taxi, Wendella provides seven-day a week water transportation service to thousands of commuters. Since 1962, the RiverBus has safely carried an estimated 4 million rail commuters. In 2006, the RiverBus documented more than 19,000 departures and was the official water transportation for Tall Ships Chicago 2006.