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Chicago Line Cruises

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611-5144
Near North Side
+1 312-527-2002
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable tour. Great scenery and great commentary from the guide. Fantastic buildings. Do it around sunset.

Thank mariasO7789JC
Reviewed November 27, 2018

We really enjoyed this cruise. It was beautiful and interesting. We learned so much about the city and enjoyed all of the views!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Seaside100847
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Would do this tour again...only in summer. Did it in November...a little cold but learned a lot. Tour guide was knowledgeable.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

Went on the Chicago architectural tour, it was a great tour. The guide was very informative. Unfortunately we booked in advance not knowing it was going to be a bitterly cold day. Although the crew provided hot drinks and cookies, it was so cold. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank shazzzbo
Reviewed November 6, 2018

What a wonderful way to see Chicago. I did not realize there was so much more to this city. Learned a lot about the history of the buildings and the history of the city. Very informative commentary. Drinks and cookies were also a nice treat.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank dtelles2016
Reviewed November 5, 2018

We really enjoyed our tour, even though it wasn't the warmest of days, and there were a few drops of rain. Our guide was the most knowledgeable person we met on our stay in the city, she was upbeat and fun, and you could hear...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BenLar137
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We did this tour, per a local’s recommendation, and they were right. The architecture in Chicago is amazing, and the tour guide gives you an in depth history of it. I strongly recommend doing a morning tour, and then going to eat lunch/dinner at the...More

Thank BrentG266
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Bought the Groupon tickets for the 90 minutes architectural boat tour. I thought it would be a double deckers boat as shown on the Groupon picture so if it rain we can have the option of sitting downstairs. It was a much smaller boat and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RoverSanFrancisco
Reviewed October 31, 2018

The tours are always enjoyable . I have been on them 3 times not always the same. Very knowledgeable and gives you a great view of Chicago would highly recommend.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank gracestern
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Wonderful cruise led by docent Judith Kaufman whose knowledge and stories are captivating as well as educational . It's a must do event.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank roberttheg
Terry J, Manager at Chicago Line Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

Robert, We are pleased you enjoyed your cruise and Judith's stories. However we can take credit, Judith works another company. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Chicago.

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December 11, 2018|
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Response from Terry J | Property representative |
Yes, you can we will opening our 2019 Season to Viator in a few weeks.
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The Bar Package include access to the premium bar, standard mixed drinks, beer wind and soft drinks, and open bar.
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Sorry for the delay, yes the boat will return to the same dock.
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Boston, Massachusetts
Architectural Boat Tour: which one is better (3 Replies)
Hi, Everyone recommends taking an architectural boat tour when in Chicago and I think it sounds like a great idea, but is there one tour that stands out from the rest? Which one would you recommend taking? Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour Chicago Line Cruises Wendella others? thanks.
June 22, 2010|
Response fromChristyC|
I prefer the Chicago Architectural Foundation tour. I think their docents are better informed than the others. If I have kids with me, tho, we usually do the seadog cruises, cuz those are more of a fun ride.
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago Cruises or Shoreline Sightseeing? (3 Replies)
My husband and I want to take an afternoon architectural tour while we’re in town the first week of May. We're trying to choose between two tour companies – Chicago Line Cruises and Shoreline Sightseeing. Any advice?
April 14, 2009|
Response fromCitylights|
The best tours are through the Chicago Architectural Foundation. Their site is www.architecture.org. The docks are at the SE corner of Michigan and Wacker Drive.
Need assistance on parking for the day in the city (7 Replies)
We will be spending the day in Chicago on June 14th. I want to pre-pay for our parking spot for the day on spothero.com; however, this is our very 1st visit to Chicago, so I'm needing some help on deciding on a good place to park, which is where you guys come in. Below is a short outline of what we'll be doing that day. (This is the trip our daughter chose this year, so these are the things that she wants to do.) We would like to stay parked while eating and taking the tour and just do some...More
May 14, 2015|
Response fromjennmaybe|
Just an extra note---I have spent hours trying to figure this out, but have not had any luck.