Noble Horse Chicago Carriage Rides in Brief:
The Noble Horse Carriage Rides are a fun way to tour the North Michigan Avenue shopping district.
Boarding and Drop off is at Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue (800 North). Pick up and Drop off service to/from a nearby hotel/restaurant is available for an extra fee.
Getting to the Carriage Rides by Public Transportation:
CTA Red Line to Chicago Avenue
Parking for the Carriage Ride:
Public transportation or taxi is recommended when visiting North Michigan Avenue, but if that is not an option the closest parking garage is one block north at Water Tower Place (Michigan and Chestnut).
Carriage Ride Hours:
Every day from 10:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - midnight.
Carriage Ride Costs:
$35 per 1/2 hour, $70 per hour, with up to 4 passengers. Extra charges apply for more than 4 passengers. While a tip for the driver is not officially expected, I would recommend adding a 10% gratuity.
About the Noble Horse Carriage Rides:
Spend any amount of time wandering around the North Michigan Avenue shopping district and you're bound to seem them -- antique carriages being pulled by noble steeds ambling along next to the bustling traffic. These are the Noble Horse Carriage Rides, part of what makes this area of the city unique. While many utilize the carriages for special occasions such as weddings or proms, it's also a nice break to be able to relax and enjoy the sights and give those feet a rest. Split amongst a party of four, the $35 for a half-hour ride is quite reasonable. General boarding takes place at Michigan and Chicago Avenues, next to the historic Water Tower and across from the John Hancock Center. They usually have plenty of carriages in operation, especially during the warmer months -- I've ridden one twice, and each time the wait for was minimal.