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Shoreline Sightseeing
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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 July 14, 2013

We liked it. Great views of Chicago. The boat was clean and the crew was friendly. There are a number of cruises available. We went from Navy pier. There was a speech that went along with the trip, focused alot on the architecture of Chicago. The parents liked it. The kids were board.

Thank R S
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I have lived in Chicago for 38 years and my husband has lived here 20 years longer and up until this weekend, we had never taken the architecture cruise on the Chicago River. We loved it!!! A lot of the commentary was things we knew as area residents but there were a lot of little gems that we had never heard before. Our guide, Kerry, was a hoot and had us laughing more often than not. We were kinda picky about the boat we chose. Shoreline has several and amongst their fleet are two barges which we felt offered the best view of the architecture surrounding the branches of the Chicago River. We picked up our barge at the dock between Columbus and Michigan Avenues on the north side of the river. The cruise is one hour and if it is hot out, you will be hot! Brief but generous shade is provided by the many bridges but we recommend sunscreen and something cold to drink or an earlier morning or later afternoon or evening cruise. Bring your own water or buy a beer on the boat and enjoy Chicago's unique and beautiful variety of incredible architecture. Adults pay $32 each for this tour. Well worth it!

Thank Jewelsworld
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We took this tour from the bridge on Michigan Ave. and it was wonderful. Great weather, guide that was very knowledgeable about the many beautiful buildings and landscape on the Chicago River. The weather was perfect for this very entertaining cruise.

Thank blonde11-12
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Make time to take an architectural tour! Jackie was our guide and she was animated, full of energy, and made the history come alive! Our weather was amazing for July with temps in the low 80s, so the river cruise was wonderful. TAKE THIS TOUR!!! Captain Carlos, Jackie..., thanks for a great cruise!

Thank OklahomaJoan
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This was a very interesting cruise about the buildings and history of the river in Chicago. Our tour guide, Victor was extremely knowledgeable. He really knows about the architectural history of the Chicago area. We really enjoyed this cruise.

Thank BevandRod
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