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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise provided by Shoreline Sightseeing

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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise
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About
If your feet need a break from the city streets, a short sightseeing cruise is the perfect way to see the best of Chicago without breaking a sweat. Offered regularly throughout the day, it’s easy to fit this tour into your itinerary. Enjoy unobstructed views of Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, Aon Center, and more. Along the way, get the inside scoop on the Windy City’s exciting history.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • See the top sights in a short amount of time
  • Photograph the skyline from an ideal vantage point
  • Take a tour that the everyone can enjoy
  • Choose a start time that works for you
What to expect
  • Get a unique perspective on Chicago's world-famous skyline during this sightseeing boat cruise on Lake Michigan. Whether you're looking for some unexpected views of the city's striking architecture, or simply want a chance to relax on Chicago's famous waterfront, this tour is a great option. Start your cruise from Navy Pier's Dock Street and head out for a ride on the water. Along the way, you'll listen to interesting commentary surrounding Chicago history, and hear colorful details about its most famous landmarks. During your ride, you'll have a chance to view some of the Windy City's most famous (and tallest) buildings, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), John Hancock Center, and the Aon Center. You'll also be able to spot downtown neighborhoods like Streeterville and the Gold Coast, plus attractions like Navy Pier, Grant Park and the famous Buckingham Fountain. If you're feeling thirsty, feel free to grab a refreshment at the on-board bar (cash only). Or pack a lunch, as you enjoy your meal while you cruise. No matter how you choose to spend your relaxing boat ride, it's sure to offer a great time for the entire family. Please note: This cruise is seasonal and does not operate in the winter due to weather conditions.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • See the top sights in a short amount of time
  • Photograph the skyline from an ideal vantage point
  • Take a tour that the everyone can enjoy
  • Choose a start time that works for you
What to expect
  • Get a unique perspective on Chicago's world-famous skyline during this sightseeing boat cruise on Lake Michigan. Whether you're looking for some unexpected views of the city's striking architecture, or simply want a chance to relax on Chicago's famous waterfront, this tour is a great option. Start your cruise from Navy Pier's Dock Street and head out for a ride on the water. Along the way, you'll listen to interesting commentary surrounding Chicago history, and hear colorful details about its most famous landmarks. During your ride, you'll have a chance to view some of the Windy City's most famous (and tallest) buildings, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), John Hancock Center, and the Aon Center. You'll also be able to spot downtown neighborhoods like Streeterville and the Gold Coast, plus attractions like Navy Pier, Grant Park and the famous Buckingham Fountain. If you're feeling thirsty, feel free to grab a refreshment at the on-board bar (cash only). Or pack a lunch, as you enjoy your meal while you cruise. No matter how you choose to spend your relaxing boat ride, it's sure to offer a great time for the entire family. Please note: This cruise is seasonal and does not operate in the winter due to weather conditions.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5580SKY
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
Duration
30m
Departure details
  • 124 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Shoreline Sightseeing Lake Tour is on Navy Pier’s Dock Street. Your tour will depart from Shoreline’s dock on the west end of Navy Pier. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travellers
Inclusions
  • Commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
Departure details
  • 124 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA Shoreline Sightseeing Lake Tour is on Navy Pier’s Dock Street. Your tour will depart from Shoreline’s dock on the west end of Navy Pier. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
Duration
30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    124 N Streeter Dr
    124 N Streeter Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Shoreline Sightseeing Lake Tour is on Navy Pier’s Dock Street. Your tour will depart from Shoreline’s dock on the west end of Navy Pier. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Lake Michigan
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Chicago Skyline
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    John Hancock Center
    Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Navy Pier
    Buckingham Fountain
    Millennium Park
    Chicago Cultural Center
    Chicago Architecture Center
    Historic Water Tower
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Arthur P
Leawood, KS1,239 contributions
Beautiful view of the Chicago Skyline!
Sep. 2021
Even though my wife & I are originally from Chicago, we have never taken a boat tour on Lake Michigan to see the Chicago skyline until our recent trip back.

We went to Navy Pier and bought tickets to the Lake Michigan tour aboard the Shoreline Sightseeing boat. Very reasonably priced (a little over $27 per person).
The total tour was about 45 minutes. The weather was perfect and the view was beautiful.
Written 30 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paytra
5 contributions
Relaxing, friendly staff, free taxi
Oct. 2021 • Family
We loved the laid back environment. This is perfect for anyone who wants to get out on the water and see the pretty skyline. The workers were so nice and friendly. When booking a tour, we got free water taxi tickets so we didn’t have to walk to the navy pier.
Written 18 October 2021
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Bill F
Indianapolis, IN11 contributions
Lake Michigan Chicago cruise
Oct. 2021 • Family
Beautiful views of downtown Chicago. The narration was very informative. Well worth the cost on a beautiful day.
Written 14 October 2021
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Angela L
1 contribution
Can’t beat the amazing views
It’s was a nice relaxing ride. Naturally the views of the city from the boat are breathtaking. The staff was nice and friendly
Written 10 October 2021
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Thandi Garrett
1 contribution
Chicago water tour
Sep. 2021 • Couples
My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. The boat ride was very comfortable and the tour guide knew the city and buildings. We couldn’t have picked a better tour!
Written 20 September 2021
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Kim H
Houston, TX56 contributions
Nice to be on the water…
Sep. 2021 • Couples
The nighttime view is absolutely incredible! The bar is lacking, and the food options were chips and candy.
Written 12 September 2021
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cecilia
Berwyn, IL1 contribution
Amazing
My husband, son & I absolutely loved it.
We had so much fun on the cruise
We will definitely be going again soon with more friends.
Written 2 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JVBH
2 contributions
Sunday Afternoon Party Boat
Aug. 2021
Very disappointed in how the Shoreline crew did nothing to prevent or deal with a ship full of inebriated individuals on our Sunday afternoon sightseeing cruise. I understand Shoreline can't prevent what people do in their own time but they have seemed to turn a blind eye to a cheap party boat environment where unsuspecting passengers and families are stranded for an hour without help from the crew in a very uncomfortable environment.

A group of obviously intoxicated gentlemen boarded the Sunday afternoon 1:30 cruise and proceeded to yell, swear, call each other derogatory racial terms and discuss their morning drug intake for the entire 40 minutes across the boat, stopped only by one of them passing out and the others going to the front of the boat leaning sick. The crew was aware of the situation in that they were sitting next to the captain and yelling questions at him from the moment we left the dock. Amazingly enough the bar also continued to serve this group alcohol despite the fact that at least one of the gentleman was having a hard time walking. The other Shoreline employee did nothing until we docked and he quickly came to the top level to get them off. We tried to move to the lower level but were met by another large party group each drinking out of their own bottle of champagne they openly brought on the boat. The noise from the groups and the people standing to drink along the sightlines of the boat made the recorded tour undiscernible.

If you are looking for a tour of Chicago, choose another boat. If you are looking for a cheap way to party on the lake for 30 minutes, this may be your tour.
Written 16 August 2021
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Jesenia Gonzalez
1 contribution
Beautiful day!
Aug. 2021 • Friends
Loved this ride, the view was incredible I will do it again next time! Very easy getting on and off. Left at the scheduled time.
Written 15 August 2021
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Italia2010
Louisville, KY3 contributions
Fun quick trip
Fun trip with 5yr old and 10 month old. I wanted a short trip with two small volatile kids and this 40 minute tour was perfect. Great views and interesting knowledge given during the tour.
Written 13 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Martha S
Martha S
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Great Tour!
This was a great way to spend the afternoon admiring the skyline and learning about the different buildings. Our gu
Departure64311093264
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Wonderful river architecture tour
Kevin was a highly knowledgeable incredible tour guide. We learned a ton about Chicago In addition to the architect
caleb9r4m
caleb9r4m
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Great boat ride, lots of valuable inforamtion
Brandon gave a great tour! I would go again, a wonderful time on the river. Nice to have the option to sit where yo
334pattic
334pattic
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Chicago
Chicago is full of wonderful people, sights, and history, in spite of all the crime! The river cruise was great!
Vicki J
Vicki J
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Architecture boat tour
Excellent tour guide and story teller. Going at 4 pm Allowed us the opportunity to see the skyline at dusk. It was
VMphx
VMphx
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A definite must do
It was an awesome tour. Even though it was quite chilly as it was snowing, it was still so worth it. A very interes
michaelbG9144FM
michaelbG9144FM
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Great Trip
Tour guide was excellent (Evan). Very knowledgeable and good communicator. Ride was smooth. If going during cold we
libbyd460
libbyd460
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Would recommend!
Besides the slight snow, we enjoyed the tour. It was one hour and filled with just the right amount of history if C
eddy_eagles
eddy_eagles
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Rain or shine
Our tour guide / docent was amazing. Even though we got caught in the rain, I had the absolute best time and feel l
AnutterTraveler
AnutterTraveler
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Worthwhile sunset experience
I was part of the "Sunset" version of this tour, which goes during summertime probably as it was in June. I really
Christine M
Christine M
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Guide was absolutely fantastic! Beautiful & informative tour of this gorgeous city. We went first week in Nov and i
rolan000
rolan000
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Amazing tour
It was an amazing tour. Chicago has a lot of history and architectural facts. Guide and the whole experience was p
mikeyt2k
mikeyt2k
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Excellent
Me and my 8 year son absolutly loved this Chicago River Cruise! We enjoyed learning about Chicago architecture and
708marisag
708marisag
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Jim is the best!
This was a great tour because of Jim. He was very knowledgeable and loved his jokes. Definitely go with Jim and don
areyoukittenme93
areyoukittenme93
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Fun even for those who have been to the city before
Absolutely loved this tour! Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and told lots of good stories. The views we
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