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“Chicago skyline with plenty of background information”

Shoreline Sightseeing
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$43.68*
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 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 May 28, 2013

This does not sound like a great attraction, but it is. We joined the boat across the road from the Navy Pier at about 7pm in early May. Bring a sweater at that time of year. The boat is well equipped and the seats comfortable. There is a good bar and the drinks are reasonable, 5 $ for a G&T etc. Some snacky things also. I really must emphasise the attraction of Chicago in May, the facilities are not under pressure and there are very few lines.

The tour was hosted by a really good guy who spoke for the entire trip giving us gems of information about the development of Chicago over the past 200 years. Whether you are interested in architecture,history or social tittle tattle this is a great trip. Well worth the money.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

The architectural river tour was well worth our time and money even with teenagers that normally would roll their eyes at another architectural or historical tour. The guide was spot on with the architectural history and made a very entertaining morning of our boat ride. A little expensive so if you have time shop around the similar tour operators. Shoreline's ticket booth was slow but every thing else for the boat ride was fine. Do this if you are visiting Chicago for the first time. All the other history makes sense after this tour.

Thank DeeDeeNC070
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Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

Our guide was so informative and entertaining and the rest if the staff was really accommodating (bartender ran drinks - I suggest the spicy Bloody Mary)

Thank thaigirl77
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We took the 1 hour architectural tour with shore line at Navy Pier. Our commentator seems to be very interesting, humorous and knowledgeable person who gave minute details of each and every building and areas that were part of this tour.
I should say the trip was one of my memorable trips and will always be in my memories.
Thanks Shoreline for arranging this.

Thank coolvaibhav
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Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

Went on the architecture tour this weekend. The boat was full but not uncomfortable. The guided pointed out many things I would have not seen in my own.

Thank Ejpjap
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