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Shoreline Sightseeing

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Address: Departing from Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: +1 312-222-9328
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Shoreline Sightseeing is Chicago's leader in river and lake cruises...

Shoreline Sightseeing is Chicago's leader in river and lake cruises! Featuring state-of-the-art tour boats and expert guides, Shoreline presents the Chicago skyline as you've never seen it before. With so many options among our lake and river cruises, we're sure to offer a tour your whole group will love. Our famous Architecture River Tours are led by knowledgeable and entertaining guides showcasing the city's rich architectural heritage. We also offer skyline lake tours, romantic sunset tours, and exciting fireworks cruises from which to see dazzling displays throughout the summer. Themed offerings include wine tasting cruises, brew cruises, 4th of July options, and St. Patrick's Day cruises. So set sail with Shoreline today, where every day is a celebration of Chicago!

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Fun trip on the river

Rachael was incredibly enthusiastic and made the tour a fun and informative experience. Really enjoyed it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
New York City, New York

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rachael was incredibly enthusiastic and made the tour a fun and informative experience. Really enjoyed it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an informative and fun trip. Our tour guide, Rachel, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The buildings are amazing.

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Saltillo, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the Building ride which takes you all the way through the lake wasn´t that expensive (42 dlls for two people), has a bar inside the boat and you can have some snacks also (not included in the price) But the thing is that it takes sooooo loong that was a little boring you can acces with wheelchair and... More 

Thank Jorge P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know everyone thinks that these are tourist traps but they are worth the ride. The bridges and architecture is unique and impressive. You might even catch a protest under the bridge which is very telling about Chicago and it's culture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice way to view the tall buildings while you hear a thorough explanation about the history and the architectural styles of almost all of them. The time it took for the tour was perfect and the price of 36 dollars including taxes per adult was very reasonable. We were happy to tip the guide.

Thank R A
Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took an architecture river tour with Paul from Shoreline. He was a great tour guide and the time just flew. Wish I could remember half the things I learnt as it was all very interesting and gave a new perspective on the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed this on a beautiful fall day. Tour guide Sarah was entertaining and had a wealth of knowledge of Chicago history and architecture. I've done these cruises with other Chicago companies, and this was the best one so far.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great time on the architecture tour. The tour guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. If you sit on the benches not the seats in the middle, pick the side on the right as you walk onto the boat. Had to sit in awkward positions because he was always talking about the building behind us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Chicago Architecture Tour along the Chicago River is an excellent way to see the many large buildings along the river and to learn about their historical significance and importance to the city. We were very fortunate to have great weather (warm for late October, especially in the sun) to sit outside on the boat, enjoy the view and listen... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of all day we decided to go to the Navy Pier, it was cold, windy and periodically it woud sprinkle. However, we decided to take the Architectural Tour. I am so glad we did. It gave us an opportunity to see Chicago, without fighting traffic, pedestrians and my map reading (or lack of abilities). Victor, our tour guide was wonderful.... More 

Thank Susan B

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