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“Architectural Tour of Chicago from the water” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shoreline Sightseeing

Shoreline Sightseeing
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Charlottesville VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Architectural Tour of Chicago from the water”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Despite scattered rain (we received free rain ponchos) and clouds obscuring the tops of the very tallest buildings, this was a very enjoyable tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, leavening information with bits of humor but not overdoing it. A bit over and hour and she never stopped with history, anecdote and explanation.

Visited September 2012
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

I took one of the night architecture tours combined with the fireworks and it was just amazing. It's the best way to see all the fantastic buildings in Chicago with their lights on and know a bit more about the history behind their construction.

The guide was very entertaining, giving out a lot of information without sounding like a lecture. Plus the boat is very comfortable. Only thing I recommend is arriving at least 40 minutes before the scheduled time, the line is so long it can be demotivating (but it moves fast once boarding starts).

If you have a chance, being in the city during the summer fireworks (every wednesdays and saturdays, I believe), take this tour, the show is a beautiful ending for a great tour.

Visited August 2012
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Detroit, Michigan
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“Water taxi from Shedd to Navy Pier... great way to not walk 2 miles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

Took the water taxi from Shedd Aquarium to Navy Pier and it was worth the 8 pp fee. The water was a little rough and alot of fog but still a great shoreline to see by the boat. The ladies selling tickets were extremely friendly, boat arrived in a timely fashion, and would use again in the future.

Visited September 2012
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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Do Not Buy Tickets Online...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

The water taxi service is a fun way for young and old to get from Union Station to Navy Pier and then out to Shedd and Field Museum. However, the staff on the boat is hit and miss. Really, what is there to be grumpy about? And the online ticket purchasing experience is a fiasco that no one seems equipped to deal with.

Visited August 2012
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“Great way to learn about Chicago's History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012 via mobile

Great way to learn about Chicago's History! Loved the 1hour indepth cruise! Highly recommend! Great price, very knowledgable guides well worth the experience! Definitely a Chicago must do!

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