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iconOffered in: English

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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Commentary on board
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.
Pass By:  
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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travellers
  • 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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

  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise .
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise .

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Traveller Tips


  • "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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349 reviews

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star-1
No one was helping
Melanie_H
, May 2022
We bought our tickets two ours before we want to ride with this cruise and it was scheduled at 7pm. We couldn’t find a single person who helped us to find the right cruise. So we didn’t get it! I paid for nothing. That was just sad!! If we had the opportunity to ride with the cruise maybe it would be great but who knows.
star-4
peaceful
rasheda_t
, May 2022
looking at the water being very relaxs while hearing the history of our beautiful city Also i love that we could bring a snack.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Asif_Q
, May 2022
Good Overall Experience. The crew members were really friendly and helpful. One of them even offered to take our pictures, that was so thoughtful. Nice views of the Chicago skyline.
star-5
Had a fabulous time! Te...
Garvita_G
, May 2022
Had a fabulous time! Te guide was full of energy and it added massively to the experience being wonderful.
star-4
Very nice trip, I...
Wilfredo_M
, Apr. 2022
Very nice trip, I definitely enjoyed it with my family, and I definitely would recommend 👌 the tour. I ll do it again next time
star-4
Good price
Sheila_B
, Apr. 2022
Very good and very economical for the price. Great views for taking pictures…… Thanks for the time….
star-5
Highly recommended
Lorie_H
, Apr. 2022
The breeze, the motion of the boat and the sunshine were all winners! We also learned a bit about our City while listening to the commentary. The length of time on the water was just right. It was a pleasant experience.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Wonder short cruise on Lake Michigan
Jana_B
, Apr. 2022
This was a short tour of Lake Michigan but very, very nice experience and view of the Chicago downtown skyline and Lake Michigan. The narrator was great too.
star-5
Great intro to Chicago skyline
Kristine_A
, Apr. 2022
Great way to see and hear about highlights of the Chicago skyline and lakeshore. Best views were from the top of the boat outside, so be sure to dress warmly.
star-5
Wonderful cruise. Learn a...
loria_g
, Apr. 2022
Wonderful cruise. Learn a lot of Chicago's history. Like it's the third largest city in the United States
star-5
Easy to book. Great...
Bettie_S
, Apr. 2022
Easy to book. Great adventures. Will book again . Booking was very fast. Can use paypal. Information was correct
star-5
Awesome
Tove_G
, Mar. 2022
The view of the buildings combined with the commentary was great! The boat was clean and nice to be on, we had great weather which helped. A very nice thing to do for tourists!
star-4
Chi City
Zhane_D
, Mar. 2022
The sun was just beginning to set so they view was stunning. The recording being played during ride was very informational.
star-5
Amazing views!
Robert_S
, Nov. 2021
Great tour - excellent views and narration by operator. Also did the river architecture tour and would recommend both.
star-5
Relaxing ride with great...
Lauren_D
, Oct. 2021
Relaxing ride with great views!! My son enjoyed the rocking of the boat and the waves on the lake. I enjoyed soaking in the views!
star-5
Great views, fun...
Mohamed_S
, Oct. 2021
Great views, fun experience, and learned a lot about Chicago. Highly recommend to the entire family.
star-4
Was amazing!! Price was...
Nayou_B
, Oct. 2021
Was amazing!! Price was very affordable Wish they could give a snack like they used to do before. Would definitely recommend them!!
star-4
The experience was really...
John_W
, Oct. 2021
The experience was really great. Great views of the city and historical information. Provides views you can’t get in the city.
star-5
Wonderful Crusie
PRANJALI_P
, Oct. 2021
The skyline view is amazing! Worth going on the cruise! The cool breeze, sun and the view! They do tell the history of chicago and the famous buildings ! Loved it! ♥️
star-5
Beautiful site seeing, nice crew
Marco_A
, Oct. 2021
Trip was nice, eventhough it rain we had a good time. We stayed covered in the lower level. I recommend this, it is a reasonable plan.

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