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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise provided by Shoreline Sightseeing

Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 06/26/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/26/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
You'll start at
600 E Grand Ave
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USAShoreline 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.
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    Lake Michigan
    Stop: 40 minutes -
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    Chicago Skyline
    Stop: 40 minutes -
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    Pass by John Hancock Center
    Pass by Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
    Pass by Navy Pier
    Pass by Buckingham Fountain
    Pass by Millennium Park
    Pass by Chicago Cultural Center
    Pass by Chicago Architecture Center
    Pass by Historic Water Tower
You'll end at
600 E Grand Ave
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USAShoreline 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.
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  • 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
Important Information
Departure Point
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Commentary on board
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Cash-only bar on board
  • Some boats are single deck vessels, the type of vessel you are placed on cannot be guaranteed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
lemeze wrote a review Jul 2020
Baltimore, Maryland1 contribution
Had a very lovely experience with a few of my other South African friends. Well worth the amout we paid and the service was excellent.
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Date of experience: July 2020
Leah t wrote a review Jul 2020
Plymouth, Wisconsin5 contributions1 helpful vote
It was very informational. The prerecorded voice was a little boring but overall good. I think it would be hard to keep children's attention.
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Anthony C wrote a review Jul 2020
2 contributions
Ok. So the ship just goes into Lake Michigan and dicks back. If just shows you The view from the lake side. I learned that this Cruise does not go into downtown Chicago and thru the canals. Which was very disappointing. So if you want to go into the heart of the town and see
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Date of experience: July 2020
Response from Amy H, Director of Sales at Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise
Responded Jul 7, 2020
Thank you for taking our tour, we are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy it as much as your had expected. We would recommend our 75-Minute Architecture Tour next time. This tour goes down the Chicago River and provides many details about Chicago.
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Nickie M wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions
My mom and I enjoyed the sightseeing cruise. Loved seeing the buildings from the water and learning a little about them. Cruise was very relaxing.
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Date of experience: October 2019
TATU67 wrote a review Sep 2019
Gross-Gerau, Germany37 contributions4 helpful votes
My family and I needed a getaway weekend and so we had a short trip to Chicago for the Buddhist Obon (Summer festival). We booked our trip to see Chicago on the water and it was well worth it! The whole family loved the sights and the crew was very knowledgeable about the area
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Date of experience: August 2019
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This was my third time doing this tour, and my husband’s first. I knew he would absolutely love it and appreciate
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“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it”
I don’t normally write reviews but an exception is being made. I took the 5pm cruise with my German Shepard and was
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Kathy C
Best way to see the city
We took the Sunday night 7 pm tour to see the city lights in the dark. Gorgeous!!! Many building tops were lit up
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Awesome Tour Guide Experience
Viv was awesome I loved her energy! She was very informative and knowledgeable. Also appreciated her going around c
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Very informative and worthwhile. Our guide was so knowledgable and the tour rounded out our history lesson
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Fun experience
Great experience. Full bar and bathrooms. Our guide was informative and entertaining. Bring a coat just in case the
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Chicago River cruise a must!!
I have always loved visiting Chicago having grown up just 50 miles south of the city. Visiting now 50 years later,
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Best Views Along the River
FANTASTIC tour of the city!! Very informative tour! Knowledgeable tour guide! Highly recommend. Great way to see t
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Brian S
Fun and informative
very well organized. tour guide was knowledgeable and funny. appropriate social distance. great experience.
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Fun, relaxed, informative
It was lovely to see the city near sunset and to learn about the different architecture types and theories. Warnin
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So fun, informative and FUNNY!
First the COVID safety’s protocols made our group feel super safe and welcomed. The tour guide was so informative,
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Outstanding tour
The tour guide, Sam, was the ideal guide for this cruise through Chicago’s outstanding architecture. He was tremen
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Tour guide was hilarious and very informative. Well worth the money and chance to see so much of Chicago
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Interesting tour
In the time of Covid we decided to have a staycation and explore our city just like tourist. This was a very pleasa
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Our anniversary
Much better than I thought it would be. My wife and i had a great time. We will definitely do this again, i plan on
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  • Duration: 40m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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