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Chicago Line Cruises

Chicago, IL, USA
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About Chicago Line Cruises
Offering Architectural Cruises, covering the north and south branches of the Chicago River, Historical Lake and River, Cocktail Cocktail Cruises and Firework Cruise offered in the evening, all cruises are 90 minutes, and have complimentary Starbucks Coffee and soft drinks.
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ElTouristo61 wrote a review Oct 2020
New York City, New York2,210 contributions147 helpful votes
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This roughly 90-minute tour aboard a Chicago Line’s boat provides a great introduction to the architecture and history of Chicago…home of the first skyscraper. Our guide was knowledgeable, at times funny, and passionate about her work. She was always quick to point out the architectural gems along the Chicago River while providing the building’s back-story and information on the building’s designer. A little pricey but well worth it. An unbeatable and unique view of Chicago’s skyline!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Alison S wrote a review Aug 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Lucius and Dolan were fantastic! They did more than one job and made it seamless. We wouldn’t have known a Mate usually helped. Knowledge, humor and engagement were just right. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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SandyraeM wrote a review Jul 2020
35 contributions35 helpful votes
the cruise was narrated beautifully. You could tell the guide loved chicago and art/architecture. He was also funny and provided many little known quite interesting facts Also were pleased with the social distancing We were only ones on our bench and all were 6 to 10 feet away. With many benches marked as closed. All wore masks. Felt safe
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Date of experience: July 2020
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pjsid wrote a review Feb 2020
South Burlington, Vermont185 contributions116 helpful votes
For an enjoyable architecture tour, you need three things: To be comfortable, to learn about architecture and to feel you got your money's worth. They failed on all three points. 1. To be comfortable: So this is Chicago and we are tourists. The weather is up and down so who knows how to dress? It ended up being a cold and post-rain/rainy night. I was worried about the cold, but thought surely they had planned for that. Nope. Not only were the seats all wet with no way to dry them but there were no blankets or heaters or anything to make it more enjoyable. So we opted to go downstairs where it would be less cold, but then you get the full magic of the architecture. And we were still cold. 2. To learn about Architecture. This was my second architecture tour. The first one taught us about the architecture and used the buildings as examples. We learned about the progression of the styles and to tell one style from another. On this tour, there was a little bit of Chicago history but otherwise it was just point to a building and say who built it. Then point to the next so quickly you barely figured out which building she was talking about. I think she was cold too and just wanted to get it over with. 3. To be worth the money: We specifically booked this tour company because they talked about a cocktail cruise which sounded like a fun way to do the sunset tour. The cocktail package was $20 a person (over the boat price) so I expected great things. They did not deliver. Cocktails to them was a small assortment of beer, wine, crappy margarita mix or Baileys. We didn't even drink $10 worth of drinks between the two of us. Save yourself the wasted money and time and go somewhere else instead.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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JeffBreedlove wrote a review Jan 2020
Atlanta, Georgia3,732 contributions321 helpful votes
My complete and total endorsement and recommendation. First, the tour is brilliant. One really learns about the architectural history of Chicago and it is informative and fascinating. The tour is not too short nor too long and the boat is designed in such a manner that one can see out. Second, I made a mistake when booking our time. To their credit, the staff on duty - both young adults, were kind and helpful and found a way to get us on board. I really appreciate this type of customer service and it really was kind of them to help us given the mistake was totally on me. Go Enjoy!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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