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Shoreline Sightseeing

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Address: Departing from Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: 312 222 9328
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Description: 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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A good way to get the basic low down on Chicago's architecture. Also appreciate the little side notes from the speaker about other attractions. Worse viewing from the upstairs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Iowa
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A good way to get the basic low down on Chicago's architecture. Also appreciate the little side notes from the speaker about other attractions. Worse viewing from the upstairs deck even if weather isn't perfect. Feel it's a bit pricey, especially for families.

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Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Don't let the word architecture scare you off. This tour is much more than that. It is a great history lesson of Chicago and how it became this incredible city of skyscrapers. During the tour you will see the changing times of Chicago and how the city continues to adapt to them. Becky was our tour guide. She was incredibly... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I've been on the architecture boat tour before, and this one was easily the best. Victor, the tour guide, was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable on the subject. Out of 75 minutes, he was speaking for a good 70 minutes. His timing was excellent -- it's easy to miss buildings that may be hidden by those on the river, but he... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I guess it was like any other architectural boat tour. Have not tried others so cannot compare but as for the ride, it was worth every dollar to go through the towers of Chicago.

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Marlboro, NJ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This architecture tour (75 minutes) exceeded my expectations. Our docent, Jim, was knowledgeable and entertaining. Not only did he gave a very comprehensive description of each of the important buildings. He also provided historical background of Chicago and and included context to appreciate and understand each architect and his/her defining style. This was not a dry and boring presentation. It... More 

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Sacramento, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Architecture River Tour, another awesome experience. This tour is fantastic for visitors to the Chicago area. We recommend it 100%. The guide was excellent and entertaining. It was very informative and interesting to learn about all of the history.

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Detroit, Michigan
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Shoreline tour is a great way to view the Chicago Architecture, via river. The tour guide was very informative and interesting - adding a lot of Chicago history to his talk. The cruise was comfortable. Drinks are available for a fee.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The boat tour was fantastic. We did the Shoreline tour thought the Go Chicago Pass. We showed up at the Michigan Ave. dock 10 minutes before the tour and went straight onto the boat. We had a wonderful tour guide on our trip. She had a good balance between giving out lots of information while making it approachable and interesting.... More 

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Johannesburg
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went on the Architectural Chicago River Cruise Tour and our guide was Jim. Not only were the sights awesome but Jim was also incredibly informative and in an entertaining way that made sure the knowledge stuck with you (like the school teacher you never had). Well done Shoreline Sightseeing and well done Jim! P.S the rum cocktails from the... More 

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Washington
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Between the Gray Line hop on/off tour bus, this boat tour was by far the best option to go with if you the choice. Excellent narration regarding the different architectural styles was very informative! The tour lasts 75 minute so it won't eat up your entire day. I highly recommend this for first time visitors to Chicago.

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