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Shoreline Sightseeing

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Departing from Navy Pier, Departing from Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Downtown / The Loop
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With just a weekend free in Chicago, we decided to do the architecture river cruise. We got lucky as it was a great day weather wise when we did it. The tour was informative and fun. I got to really appreciate the architecture and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Beerbloke
Reviewed 3 days ago

My daughter has lived in Chicago since 2010. I go several times every year. Each time I bring a friend, we ALWAYS go to the SHORELINE Sightseeing cruise. It's a great history lesson of the city and I learn something new each and every time!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank marymmurray
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who would think we’d be doing an archictectual river tour in Chicago on January 5th? We did! It was a beautiful sunny day with temps in the high 40’s, so why not? It was perfect. Our guides were interesting and knowledgeable. The buildings sparkled in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Doymo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Chicago several times but only recently took this tour. Our guide was fantastic and the information was very interesting even if you have no interest in architecture.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank NicholeC381
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour itself was great, the tour guide was funny and nice and I learned more than I expected to from the tour. I went in November so it was very cold, but I expected that so it was ok. The staff was also very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mshphsm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would totally agree with many other reviews as the Architecture Tour on the river was OUTSTANDING. Captain Kenya expertly piloted us and Jim (our guide) was incredibly knowledgable about all of the different eras of architecture we saw throughout the tour. Jim also gave...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank d10lee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting Chicago we took this tour on St. Patrick's Day. What an awesome way to appreciate the views of this city. This was truly a unique tour. Being that it was St. Patrick's Day the water was green - which my girls loved! We...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Christina S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have never been to Chicago and didn’t realize it was on a river. Went to Navy pier and saw this tour and was so glad we did. The tour guides were excellent with their knowledge of the sights. The boats were clean and comfortable,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank rowlandp664
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting to find out a little bit about the buildings in the city and their architecture and to view them from a completely different perspective. Did this on a freezing cold day - make sure you wrap up warm! 4 stars as feel it’s...More

Thank 0908267
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The boat was comfortable and the tour guide did a very good job explaining the architecture. The trip is a reasonable length.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a
good starting point to sample the city's energy and
flavor. This central business district boasts
Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier
shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep
your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many
photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of
Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of
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Daisy P
July 20, 2018|
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Response from 457lesleys | Reviewed this property |
Very easy access at Navy Pier. A gentle ramp rather than stairs. Large flat deck so again no need to go up or down stairs. Definitely have stairs if you choose to board a tour that start on the river rather than Navy Pier.
June 29, 2018|
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Response from chicagohartnett | Property representative |
We offer a 75-min Architecture River Tour and also a 40-min Classic Lake Tour.
June 21, 2018|
Response from chicagohartnett | Property representative |
You would need to contact the Shoreline call center.