(Heather Charles / Chicago…)
Spring weather isn't a sure thing in Chicago—but Chicago water taxis are determined to make spring a shore thing.
Shoreline Water Taxi began its commuter service Monday between Erie Street and Willis Tower. The Wendella boats, which travel to Union Station, Chinatown and Goose Island, began running April 14, and expect to expand their schedule later this month.
Wendella had to delay the start of its spring service because of the harsh weather, but operations chief Andrew Sargis is optimistic about this year.
A Shoreline spokeswoman said the company did not delay the start of its season. Here, Going Public looks at Chicago water taxi service routes and rates.
>> The Chicago Water Taxi via Wendella boats
Cost: Single tickets vary from $3 to $8, depending on the route. An unlimited weekday pass is $8 while a daylong pass on a weekend day or holiday is $10.
Routes: The boats currently travel between Ogilvie/Union stations (northwest corner of the Madison Street bridge) to the Michigan Avenue bridge with a stop at LaSalle/Clark Streets. There is also weekend service to Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown.
Wendella will begin its summer schedule May 24. The boats will then travel every day to Chinatown and North Avenue (the southwest corner of the Cherry Street pedestrian bridge on the northern tip of Goose Island). The summer schedule will run until Sept. 21, when the company reverts to its current spring schedule.
>> Shoreline Water Taxi
Cost: Commuter fares are $2; adult fares for non-commuter service range from $5 to $8. A one-day adult pass is $23 while a two-day pass is $29.
Routes: Shoreline on Monday began its morning service between Erie Park (the north end of the park at Erie and Larrabee Streets) and Willis Tower (233 S. Wacker Drive).
Regular daily service begins Memorial Day on the Chicago River between Navy Pier, the Michigan Avenue bridge and Union Station and on Lake Michigan between Navy Pier and Museum Campus. Weather permitting, this service will run on weekdays before Memorial Day.