Then and Now

Water Taxis

During the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, which took place the same year the Chicago Athletic Association opened...


The city set up a train and boat station at Michigan Avenue and Van Buren to give visitors easier access to get down to Jackson Park on the South Side.

What’s cool is that these days you can still take a water taxi to numerous points in the city. Hop on outside of Ogilvie and Union stations and take it up the river to LaSalle/Clark or Michigan Avenue. Grab the water taxi at on the bridge at Wacker and Michigan and pop down to Chinatown for dim sum at MingHin or ramen at Strings. You can even get a ride to Goose Island (the actual island, not the brewery. Sorry!). At $8 for a day pass (individual fares can also be purchased), it might be the easiest — and most scenic — way to get around town.

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