Shoreline Sightseeing
Shoreline Sightseeing
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
TripAdvisor ranked Shoreline Sightseeing as the #1 Most Booked Tour in America! 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!
Chicago, Illinois

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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1 hour
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Recommended by 98% of travelers
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$46.87
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2–4 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 97% of travelers
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$43.95
per adult
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(388 reviews)
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Paige Davies
Cambridge, Canada2 contributions
Aug 2019
We were able to find a time slot on the long weekend in August when the city was super busy, which is accredited to Shoreline's variety of time slots offered. Our tour guide was alright, gave us the necessary information but not too memorable, which is okay because we were more so on the boat ride just to see the city on a tight time budget. Price was fair for what you get, recommend!
Written February 26, 2020
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JenP
Brookfield, IL4 contributions
Jun 2021
Shoreline Water Taxi is fun, easy to use, and offers beautiful views of the city. The ticketing staff and boat staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. Our group of 15 included three people using wheelchairs and the crew were not phased. They helped the chair users safely up and down the boarding ramps. Very kind and I especially wanted to mention Christian who helped make out day extra special. Thank you!!
Written June 22, 2021
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Anna P
24 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
If in Chicago don't miss to take a boat tour.
Gives you the opportunity to observe the city from a totally different point of view.
Our tour guide was Victor, a whole lotta information but he kept his audience captive for one hour straight. Great sense of humor, didn't allow you to fell bored even for a second.
Written October 23, 2022
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Jonathan M
Chicago, IL3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Went on a tour from Navy Pier this past Saturday and expected to be blown away by the river and city. Instead, I was incredibly impressed by the kind young man who led the tour named Adam Sachs. He knew everything and more about each building, he connected with all on the boat, and he made funny jokes to keep us engaged and eager to learn. If Adam leads the tour, the trip is sure to be excellent. Thanks again, Adam! 👏🏻👏🏻
Written August 23, 2021
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nch
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
I usually don’t write reviews but I had such an awesome experience with the amazing staff at the water taxi location Shedd. The staff was so friendly and funny. I don’t remember her name but she had a different color shirt than the rest but she was just a breath of fresh air. She volunteered to take pictures of my family before getting on the taxi. She was amazing with her staff and constantly applauding them on the radios for things they were doing. I was very impressed. The taxi crew gave my little ones hats and were so friendly and reassuring. The boats were rocking a little too much for my liking but the deckhands were great at easing my fears. It was also great to see the amazing views from the lake. It is a must do. My go to transportation! Kuddos Shoreline!!!
Written June 22, 2022
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Rwell
Sunderland, UK50 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
We took the “architecture” cruise from the Navy Pier up the river and back (approx $40 per adult) but well worth it.
We struck lucky with the weather considering it’s March, but this guided tour is very informative and entertaining. Highly recommend this if you are visiting Chicago.
Written March 12, 2020
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Mmorales702
94 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Very informative. We had Jim as the tour guide. He was knowledgeable of many aspects of the city’s history, and buildings, including more technical “nerd alert” aspects of engineering, with a sense of humor. The day was great for a top deck tour, would definitely recommend.
Written May 1, 2021
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Judy S Reeves
Georgetown, TX113 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
I have always loved visiting Chicago having grown up just 50 miles south of the city. Visiting now 50 years later, I finally took a river sightseeing tour. A beautiful day on the river and a wonderful guide, Jim. We received a fantastic discount through Trip Advisor which sweetened the deal! If you’re working on a must do, must see list for Chicago, you have to put Shoreline Sightseeing cruise on your list. And by the way, move it to the top of the list
Written September 7, 2020
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M W
Sarasota, FL193 contributions
Oct 2021
We had a short time of 24 hours in Chicago, we had an excellent trip with Shoreline architectural tour on the river. Kevin, the guide was extremely knowledgeable and also entertaining. The beauty of the buildings on the shoreline and the history given to us of the city was enjoyable. Really nice trip.!
Written October 18, 2021
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Christi C
2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
We took a Sunday morning architecture river tour. It was informative and fun. Jack was a great tour guide! He gave history, fun facts and recommendations on places to visit, eat and drink and see a show! Great time! Highly recommend!
Written October 23, 2022
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