Frequently Asked Questions
Chicago Cycleboats – Chicago River Tours
We are happy to accept riders of all ages and are equipped with life jackets in all sizes. However, in the case of special 21 and over events, you must be, well, 21 or older.
There Are Two Cycleboat Sizes
- The 16 passenger boat rides hold 10 pedalers and 6 riders. There are 5 cycling stations on each side of the boat, which means that only 10 passengers can be cycling at once.
- The 26 passenger boat rides hold 16 pedalers and 10 riders. There are 8 cycling stations on each side of the boat, which means that only 16 passengers can be cycling at once.
- Riders are welcome to sit, stand, or switch with cyclers at any time! Additional seating is available when not cycling.
Reservations are not required but are strongly encouraged, especially on evenings and weekends. Avoid the uncertainty and get your ticket to ride now.
When selecting a snack to accompany your ride, apply the one-handed test: if you can’t eat it with one hand without making a mess, then leave it on dry land. Chips, pretzels, cheese and crackers, popcorn, etc. are safe bets. Lasagne, not so much.
Riders who are of age are welcome to bring beer, wine or pre-mixed cocktails (no hard alcohol) to enjoy on their Cycleboat ride! Of course non-alcoholic beverages are okay, too.
We have ice, coolers and cup holders on board and will even provide a souvenir cup or koozie for each rider. This should go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway: you must be 21 or older (and have the ID to prove it) if you plan on drinking adult beverages on the Cycleboat. Please keep in mind that open containers are only allowed on board the Cycleboat and cannot be taken onto the Chicago Riverwalk.
90 minute cruises will have a bathroom break at departure location (half way through cruise) and the 120 minute cruise has a bathroom on the boat to be used as needed throughout the cruise.
All Private Cruises must be canceled one week (7 Days) prior to the scheduled departure time to receive a full refund. All Public Cruises must be canceled 72 hours (3 Days) prior to the scheduled departure time to receive a full refund. All cancellations must be submitted via email to [email protected]
Chicago Cycleboats operate rain or shine. Don’t worry, the Cycleboat has a canopy to keep you dry! If the weather is deemed as too severe by our Cycleboat staff, a ride will be rescheduled.