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Overview

Take in iconic views of the beautiful Chicago lakefront and its many landmarks during this Lake Michigan sightseeing boat cruise. Climb aboard your vessel for a laid-back ride, enjoying panoramic views of the Windy City's skyline from a unique perspective. Along the way, you'll listen to informative commentary and take in views of the John Hancock Center and Willis Tower, along with many other landmarks. Plus feel free to bring your own lunch or grab a drink at the onboard bar, during your ride.
  • Narrated sightseeing cruise on Lake Michigan
  • Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Chicago's skyline
  • See Chicago's major skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center, Aon, Trump Tower and Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
  • Bring a lunch to enjoy on board during your boat tour
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Food and drinks (available for purchase)
600 E Grand Ave , 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Shoreline Sightseeing Lake Tour is on Navy Pier’s Dock Street. Your tour will depart from Shoreline’s dock on the west end of Navy Pier. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

This activity will end right where it started.
Get a unique perspective on Chicago's world-famous skyline during this sightseeing boat cruise on Lake Michigan. Whether you're looking for some unexpected views of the city's striking architecture, or simply want a chance to relax on Chicago's famous waterfront, this tour is a great option.

Start your cruise from Navy Pier's Dock Street and head out for a ride on the water. Along the way, you'll listen to interesting commentary surrounding Chicago history, and hear colorful details about its most famous landmarks.

During your ride, you'll have a chance to view some of the Windy City's most famous (and tallest) buildings, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), John Hancock Center, and the Aon Center. You'll also be able to spot downtown neighborhoods like Streeterville and the Gold Coast, plus attractions like Navy Pier, Grant Park and the famous Buckingham Fountain.

If you're feeling thirsty, feel free to grab a refreshment at the on-board bar (cash only). Or pack a lunch, as you enjoy your meal while you cruise. No matter how you choose to spend your relaxing boat ride, it's sure to offer a great time for the entire family.

Please note: This cruise is seasonal and does not operate in the winter due to weather conditions.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Michigan
Take a sightseeing cruise on Lake Michigan and marvel at all of Chicago's fabulous lakefront sights. Duration of the cruise depends on on weather. The cruise will be 40 minutes during the warmer months and 30 during the colder months.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chicago Skyline
On this boat tour, your guide will tell you about Chicago's colorful history and famous landmarks as you enjoy the panorama of Chicago's famous skyline! See Chicago's major skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center, Aon, Trump Tower, Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and more. Spot downtown areas like the Gold Coast, Streeterville, Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, and pass by famous landmarks such as Navy Pier.Feel free to purchase beverages at the onboard bar (cash only). You can also bring aboard your own lunch to enjoy as you relax and admire Chicago from the cruise. This is a perfect way for the entire family to experience Chicago's beautiful lakefront!
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
John Hancock Center
The John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper
Pass By:  
Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
The tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
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Navy Pier
Home to 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and attractions, and the Centennial Ferris Wheel.
Pass By:  
Buckingham Fountain
Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology.
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Millennium Park
Located within Grant Park, Millennium Park is home to Cloud Gate, or "the bean."
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Chicago Cultural Center
The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation's first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city's first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes.
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Chicago Architecture Center
The Chicago Architecture Center is home to a 4,000-building scale model of Chicago.
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Historic Water Tower
Chicago-focused gallery, specializing in photos, inside a 19th-century Gothic limestone landmark.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Shoreline Sightseeing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise ?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise .
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What is the social distancing policy during Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "It was a hot day and advise to wear a hat as there is no shade on top of the boat but still enjoyed the ride!" See review
  • "Let's chilly out on the lake due to the wind even on a hot day so bring a sweatshirt 😀" See review
  • "My advice would be to bring your own as they do allow you to bring items onboard." See review

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star-5
Creating memories
Jeanette_V
, Jun 2022
Creating memories with my kids. I know the history but my kids enjoyed the history as well as the experience
star-5
Lovely experience
Lola_b
, Jun 2022
It was an amazing experience with great staffs. Karina’s customer service was above and beyond. Thank you so much
star-4
Good excursion
Mamachaki
, Jun 2022
We took this book cruise out on Lake Michigan. It was a good trip and gives a beautiful view of the Chicago skyline. I would recommend it but you also want to do the architectural cruise down the river.
star-4
Views are amazing along...
Leon_R
, Jun 2022
Views are amazing along with the facts shared on the tour! Thank you to the crew and staff. We will recommend to anyone we know visiting the area.
star-5
Relaxing Boat Ride
Christina_D
, Jun 2022
What a great experience for our family! We hit Chicago traffic and missed our scheduled boat ride, but they allowed us to catch the next one! Thanks!!
star-1
No one showed up!
Lysa_V
, Jun 2022
No one showed up! How unprofessional! We waited for 30 minutes and no one was in sight, no phone call. I would like my money back since the experience was prepaid.
star-5
Family fun
Lindsay_M
, Jun 2022
Spacious, great views, slower pace for kids, bathrooms and snacks available, and good length of time to get your info and head back to the pier
star-5
Stay cation birthday weekend
Yolanda_M
, Jun 2022
It was very nice the weather was great for a sightseeing cruise. The commenter was clear and knowledgeable. The driver of the boat was great also. Overall had a nice experience will do again.
star-5
Great sight seeing history cruise for visitors and fellow Chicagoans!
Charles_T
, Jun 2022
My family loved the cruise, of course the sights were amazing but the story the history was so impressive even for someone born and raised here in Chicago.
star-3
King visit to Windy City!
Michael_E
, Jun 2022
I was south shoreline sightseeing cruise and it was great to reflect back & learn from the history of Southside Chicago. We saw old building, the lake & all the activities and enjoying the nice day of 13 day of Jun 2022 with my wife. Visiting friends & family for family wedding🫶🏼!
star-5
1st cruise in Chicago
Angela_S
, Jun 2022
This was an easy to find cruise with friendly, helpful staff in orange shirts.The cruise was timely and very informative. Check the weather before you go. Parking was an extra $29 for 1-2 hours at a nearby garage.All in all, it was a lovely outing that we would do again!
star-5
Best aquarium
Shenda_C
, Jun 2022
Watching my under two grandson reaction at dolphin show. Precious. All the kids were so excited. Great place. One of best I gone to as far as aquariums.
star-5
Beautiful day for a river cruise
Lillian_I
, Jun 2022
Perfect day with a nice breeze to enhance the experience. This was my first visit to Chicago. It was absolutely perfect even as a solo traveler.
star-5
Fun in the sun!
Cindy_B
, Jun 2022
It was a mother/daughter bridal celebration enjoyed by all. We recommend this tour, not too long and plenty to see on a pretty day.
star-5
Fun time
debbie_P
, Jun 2022
The tour of the lake was informative, relaxing and enjoyable. The weather was a little chilly for June so we had to go inside for a bit. Be sure to dress warmly.
star-5
Quick and easy to book
sumitachahal
, Jun 2022
Nice quick trip and easy to book. Got tour for 40 mins and enjoyed it. Would do Architecture tour which was not included as part of 40 mins in future. This one stayed within the lake area and didn’t go into the river to show buildings. Choose tour of 1.5hrs. If want to have a river tour with view of downtown Architecture.
star-2
Too Cold!!!!
Eric_M
, May 2022
This is an awesome cruise but it was so windy and cold , I couldn’t enjoy it. With that being said, it was my fault, not the cruise people. You guys did a great job, but if I ever do it again I’m wearing winter gear in the summer.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must do for your first visit to Chicago
Gregory_T
, May 2022
Smooth embarking, sailing and disembarking with just the right duration for a cruise to see what Chicago looks like from the lake.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Address mentioned on your...
Shubham_M
, May 2022
Address mentioned on your website was not the precise location and that actually increased my walking time
star-5
Awesome experience
Diana_N
, May 2022
Recently moved to this area from California. Very impressed with the City by the lake. The views from the boat are breathtakingly beautiful. Absolutely recommend it.

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