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Address: Departing from Navy Pier, Departing from Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: (312) 222-9328
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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River Tour of Chicago

We chose the Shoreline architectural river tour as one of the options on our Explore Chicago pass. It was a great morning spent on the river. 75 minutes filled with information... read more

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We chose the Shoreline architectural river tour as one of the options on our Explore Chicago pass. It was a great morning spent on the river. 75 minutes filled with information on Chicago architecture and history. I always find the view of a city from the river, rather than the road gives a great perspective on the city. Tour staff... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's easy to be dubious about a "touristy" type attraction, but this one is fabulous. You don't have to be into architecture to enjoy it, as there's plenty of history and an appreciation of what makes up the Chicago skyline. Our guide (Kevin) was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The boat is quite comfortable, even on a chilly day. It has... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is one of Must Do for Tourist in Chicago , I have gone Twice and both Time I felt Great , It lots of Information about Different Architecture in Different Time , at the same time you get and very good View of Chicago. I recommended this tour to everyone specially during Evening time , so you can see... More 

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Monterey Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tour and tour guide! I never knew Chicago had so much architectural history! Glad I took this tour and really enjoyed the relaxing cruise down the river while learning about all the beautiful buildings. Highly recommend when in Chicago!

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great time for all, even if you are not that big into architecture, very informative and Rachel the guide is very, very good. I did this tour this past week and in June, both times were great!

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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ran into this tour after the First Lady tours were fully booked for the day, and was definitely pleased with the experience. It's cheaper than First Lady, but it basically follows the same route and our tour guide, Rachael was definitely extremely knowledgeable and funny in explaining Chicago's history and the great architecture in the city, as well as pointing... More 

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My daughter and I took the architectural tour from Navy Pier - it was wonderful. Rachel our guide was excellent, knowledgeable and funny. I just wished that the election wasn't looming and she was silenced over the Trump building!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took an architecture boat tour on the Chicago river. It was a 45 minute tour with interesting commentary about the history of the city and the buildings we saw.

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Ellington, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been on a few sightseeing tours, but this one had a unique perspective. Although I don't know a lot about architecture, I did after this tour and it enhanced my appreciation for the city. Our guide, Ben, brought a lot of humor and Chicago history to the tour. It was like a floating comedy tour with some architecture... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Tour guide did great & kept everyone laughing. Great way to see the riverfront sky line & hear its history. Pack warm if you go on a fall evening. The breeze off the water got pretty chilly.

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