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“great way to see the skyline”

Shoreline Sightseeing
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$33.60*
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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$124.00*
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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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 19, 2013

We took the shoreline cruise (30 min) and another day, took the architectural cruise down the river (60 min). While I did learn a few things on the shorter tour and got good views of the skyline as a whole, the cruise down the river was much better. Its a great perspective, and our guide was pretty entertaining. Take sunscreen, just in case! There are covered seats down below, but your view won't be as good.

Thank jsm317
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We took the architecture river cruise as it looked very promising. We embarked at the Navy Pier ( please be on time or the boat will leave without you !! ) and it was a blistering hot summer's day. The queue was dispatched efficiently and it was free seating on the one- level boat. I chose to sit on the edge of the side of the boat rather than the cushy seats as I thought I would get more of the breeze to cool me ( pheeeww ...it was hot hot hot ) !!
The boat filled up pretty quickly and soon we were winding our way along the river. The narrator ( I think he was called David ) was excellent. He described the history of Chicago's building and the meteoric rise of architecture in the City from Art Decor period to the present . We admired and appreciated the symmetry and asymmetry of all the buildings ( Trump tower , Sears -Willis Tower , Wrigley Building , Tribune Tower etc ) and the bridges above us .
There was also a lot of background information about Chicago that we learnt from David ( who was eloquent , clear and a bit of a comic too ).
I would definitely recommend this tour which lasts about an hour. After which one should visit the shops etc at Navy Pier and have a drink at Happy Hour by the Acrobatic high wire station.

Thank 1NONLY
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Our group took the one hour boat tour. It was an informative, relaxing way to view the design of Chicago with architecture as the primary focus. Our guide provided us with historical information related to the areas and buildings that we saw but also with the artistic slant that the architect wanted to viewer to enjoy. That was his artistic imprint to that area. It worked very well as the buildings blended together beautifully in an urban tapestry.

Thank Viaggio133
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

I took the 60 minute Architecture river cruise. The guide Sara was very entertaining and knowledgeable about the Chicago buildings. Would definitely do it again!

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Went on the Shoreline Architecture River Tour on advice from a friend, and well worth it. Victor, the guide, is obviously passionate about his subject matter, and knows his stuff. Not only did he provide the details of buildings in existence, but he provided information of those still under construction, and development going through the various stages of planning permission.

A truly outstanding tour, with a fabulous guide.

Thank Lucles
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