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“Enjoyable way to learn about Chicago architecture”

Shoreline Sightseeing
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$75.00*
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$43.68*
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The architecture tour is an hour long cruise highlighting various structures along the river; lots of interesting stories. This is a good overview tour (not alot of in-depth "architech-y" details); which is perfect for hubby since he can quickly get bored/impatient on this subject. Great to sit up top on a sunny (less windy day) or seating (available inside) downstairs if you think it too cold. There are restrooms & a paid bar for drinks/snacks on board. If you go to their site shorelinesightseeing.com & sign up for their newletter, you can $5 off tix.

Thank TravelTea
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Shoreline Architecture Tour is a fantastic way to get a quick history of the Chicago fire and the impact it had on creating modern Chicago. Guides are very professional and informative. Seeing the buildings from the water is much more relaxing than driving.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

This tour is one of my favorite things to do when I have people come visit. This tour gives a great history of the city and how it came to be one of the greatest architectural wonders of the US. The boat takes you down the Chicago river and the host gives information on how the city and its buildings came to be. You will see this marvelous skyline from a unique angle and learn how Chicago came to be one of this countries greatest cities. I have lived here over 7 years, been multiple times and always look forward to another tour to learn something else. This tour is way under rated.

Thank stephs_treks
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Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

Took architecture tour of city. Quite expensive for what you get. Took less than an hour. Would not recommend it.

Thank CarolynChester
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

This is an informative, fun experience and I loved every minute. Jeff was our tour guide - an outstanding voice and very entertaining. What a beautiful city and there is no better way to see it than from the River Architecture Tour. Shoreline does a very nice job.

Thank sfdann
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