Taxi, Anyone?


As we merrily make our way down the Chicago  River, you will note a rather interesting sight.  Sometimes waiting for a taxi can be an exercise in futility.  Ah, but what about a taxi on water?  Utilizing the water resources of Chicago, the summer months provide an alternative to the frequent taxi trials and tribulations found in our fair city.

Enter the Chicago Water Taxi service!  For a mere eight bucks you can take a taxi (water-style) all day to various locations along the route.  This waterway ‘cab’ travels along each branch of the Chicago River.  Why, it certainly assists commuters wishing to avoid the mayhem of traffic in the downtown area during rush hour!  By the way, many people use the service for commuting (just in case you thought I was making it up)!

The stop you see in the photo above is the, “Chinatown Station”; notably distinctive with its Chinese temple-style architecture.

No need for cab hailing along this corridor!  Regular stops allow for easy access about every 15 minutes.  Don’t you just love this idea? No meter running, no delays; ah, save perhaps the odd duck family who is taking a rather leisurely morning jaunt down the watery thoroughfare!  All aboard!

  40 comments for “Taxi, Anyone?

  1. May 12, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I like water taxis, you feel like you’re not just going somewhere, it’s an adventure. 🙂
    Thanks for Cher-ing. Hope this day treats you kindly. 🙂
    Big hugs, Donna xo

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    • May 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Ah, thank you Donna! I agree! It is great fun gliding down the river and feels much more like an adventure, as you so perfectly said! And to you as well my dear! Thank you! Big hugs, Cher xo


  2. May 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    A great idea! A stress relief too for those on a tight schedule.

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    • May 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

      I think so too, John! I am amazed at how many commuters utilize the service (along with tourist, locals, you name it!) Cher xo


  3. May 12, 2015 at 10:05 am

    We got smaller ones at our false Creek but wow this one is massive!

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    • May 12, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Oh really, Andy? I didn’t know that! Say, do you think this taxi could use a LARGE LAMP for night service? ;-P Cher xo *gets a double clink*

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  4. May 12, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Very cool!

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    • May 12, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Isn’t it just? I love the water taxi service!! Cher xo


  5. May 12, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Wow, that’s really cool! I love how you introduce Chicago in so many informative and helpful ways!

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    • May 12, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Isn’t it cool, Erika? Awh, bless! Thank you for that! I really appreciate it!! Cher xo

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  6. May 12, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Dude – the human loves the idea of a water taxi!! No such thing here – (Oregon)- but they wouldn’t get ME on one of those things! *(Darts under bed)*

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  7. May 12, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I didn’t know this! I have to remember this next time I’m there. Much prefer to be by water anyway. 🙂 thank you!

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    • May 12, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      I feel the same way!!! Oh, you are most welcome! Yes, next time you are here, please try it! Cher xo

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  8. May 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    No traffic jam, so why not? 🙂 A nice ride too, Cher! We had catarmarans for water transport in Brisbane, Australia. They were fun! Thanks for sharing 🙂 ❤

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    • May 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Oops! It should have been catamarans. 😉

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    • May 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      Agreed, Iris! Ah, that must have been great fun!! I’d love to try that! Thank you, Iris! Love, Cher xo

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      • May 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm

        Yes, really wonderful to see people going about their life as they commute daily, Cher. I did enjoy my three years in Brisbane! Love, Iris


      • May 13, 2015 at 7:32 am

        Oh yes, I agree, Iris! I flew into Brisbane but didn’t get to spend any time there. I am sure it was brilliant for you, Iris! I think commuting via water taxi would put one in a rather cheery mood to start the workday and at the end of the workday too!! Love, Cher xo

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  9. May 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    If I was in Chicago – I’d know where MY money was being spent – certainly NOT on maintaining a car.

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    • May 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Interestingly enough, we sold our car 2 years ago and don’t miss it at all!! 🙂 🙂 Cher xo

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  10. May 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Reblogged this on georgeforfun.


  11. Amy
    May 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Love the water taxi idea, how practice for the people in Chicago to commute.

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    • May 12, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      It is a great idea for commuters, isn’t it, Amy? Convenient and fun at the same time! Cher xo

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  12. May 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    That does look like it’s fun. I haven’t really taken water taxis even when I lived places that had them.

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    • May 13, 2015 at 7:05 am

      I think it’s a practical and fun idea, Joseph! It is quite amazing how many commuters use the system each morning and afternoon. Cher xo


  13. May 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Love water taxi’s – in Maine we took them all the time to get out to the islands.

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    • May 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      I love them too, Mary! I did/not know Maine used them, too! Cher xo

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      • May 13, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        Ah yes, there are hundreds of islands along the coast. The place were you’ll see most of the taxi’s are in the Portland area.


      • May 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm

        Thank you, Mary! I had no idea! I am going to do some research so I can see what the taxi’s look like! Cher xo

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