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Address: Departing from Navy Pier, Departing from Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number:
+1 312-222-9328
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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Great Start to a fun trip!

This was our first activity on our first day in Chicago! It was a great kick off to our week of sightseeing. We heard some history, saw some of the prominent buildings that make... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Lisa H
Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our first activity on our first day in Chicago! It was a great kick off to our week of sightseeing. We heard some history, saw some of the prominent buildings that make up the Chicago skyline and got our bearings for the week ahead. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a large fleet of boats to insure a short wait before excursions. A fast efficient ticketing and boarding service eliminates long waits that are experienced with competitors that have a limited number of sightseeing fleets and long long lines and slow boarding procedures. The best of the rest!

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Leawood, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were in Chicago for a wedding and only had one evening to book a "tourist" activity. We decided his Architectural boat tour would be a good choice for our group of 15 to get an overview of the city. We chose the 6:15 time slot, so we could see the city both in the daylight and at sunset. Both... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

The architecture tour is quite fun and informative (it largely depends on your guide). Seeing the city by the river offers unparalleled views, but I would recommend first timers going on a water taxi instead. You see the same buildings for a tenth of the price. And you have fewer people crowding on one boat.

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Winkler, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

I met my friend in Chicago for a girls weekend. We had a lot on our bucket list, so we weren't sure if we were going to do it all. My friend had heard that this tour was a MUST. I was hesitant, since I'm not terribly interested in architecture, but we ended up at Navy Pier just in time,... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

I took an architecture river tour one morning in November. I think that may be somewhat of an off-season but nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed our tour and actually appreciated that it wasn't crowded. If you take a morning tour, I don't advise doing the one on the lake. The morning of my tour there was heavy fog. Luckily it burned... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

During a recent trip to Chicago for work, I had a little down time and was staying close to the River Walk where Shoreline docks. It was my first time in Chicago, so I decided to take the Architecture Cruise to learn more about the city. It was a beautiful day and I really enjoyed the cruise. Adam, our guide,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Very knowledgeable guide with a very fast but interesting patter about many buildings along the Chicago River and who built them and the history around them!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Loved every minute of the ride. The host (Ben?) was not just knowledgeable, but quite witty as well! Do take it towards the late afternoon when people are leaving offices. Offers quite a contrasting views in different parts of the ride.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

We were walking on the east side of Michigan Avenue near the Tribune Tower, the weather was perfect and we had 2 hours to kill so we bought tickets for the Architectural Tour on the Chicago River. I kept muttering, "Who knew?!" to my husband during the tour. I learned a lot about the history of Chicago and the buildings... More 

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