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Shoreline Sightseeing

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Address: Departing from Navy Pier, Departing from Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
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+1 312-222-9328
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09:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Shoreline Sightseeing is Chicago's leader in river and lake cruises!...

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!

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US$33.60*
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Tour with Ben

Tour with Ben was fantastic great balance between info and entertainment. Hope you win your case of beer

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George P
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Forsyth, Illinois
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Forsyth, Illinois
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Tour with Ben was fantastic great balance between info and entertainment. Hope you win your case of beer

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Fairhope, Alabama
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've always wanted to do the architectural tour and boy was it worth the hundred bucks for myself, hubby and son. (75 minutes) The guide was great, informative and what a unique direction in which to see the city. We booked on line the day before, easy. Go see Chicago via the river! :)

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We used Shoreline Sightseeing to travel from the Shedd Aquarium to the Navy pier. It was a lot of fun to ride on the taxi and see the shore from the boat. We decided to take the architecture tour as well, and it ended up being a highlight of our weekend visit! Rachael did a fantastic job telling us about... More 

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chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed the water taxi and river tour! We're happy your entire family learned something new! More 

Rogers, Arkansas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a couple hours to use before we left town on a 2 day trip. Got an Uber over to the plaza. Staff was enthusiastic. Guide knew her stuff. And we saw lots of buildings and covered most of the river. Great, great views of the city and a nice skyline shot at the end. Represented Chicago well.

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chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this review

Thank you for spending your last couple hours with us! We're so glad you enjoyed your trip. More 

michigan
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We recently took the architectural tour on a trip to Chicago. Our guide, Jim was very knowledgeable and did a great job explaining many interesting facts and history of the many buildings we saw on our cruise up and back on the Chicago River. The boat is quite large with areas that are open as well as covered if you... More 

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chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your ride with us! Jim is one of the best! More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This trip was surprisingly worthwhile You get a great view of many of the buildings and a great outline of the history of Chicago and about how and why the buildings were built Our guide Jim was really knowledgable and entertaining

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chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, we're so glad you enjoyed the tour! More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having been to Chicago many MANY times, including my four years of graduate school nearby, I had never taken the Architecture River Tour, so I had some time to kill on Thursday afternoon and decided to go. Jim was our "docent" and he did a great job explaining the "evolution of architecture" in "the second city". He not only used... More 

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chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we're so glad you enjoyed your trip and your run! More 

New Orleans, LA
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great way to get an introductory tour of Chicago! The tour left from Navy Pier right on time. The captain of the vessel welcomed us on board and gave a safety talk. Then the guide stepped up and off we went. He was funny without being silly, so knowledgeable about the buildings and the history. He pointed little things... More 

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chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this review

Thanks for riding with us, we're so glad you enjoyed your tour! In the spring our concession stands are only open on weekend tours. However, once the weather warms up and we get into the full swing of things more food and beverage options will be available for purchase on all the boats. Thanks for the great advice in the... More 

Warminster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After walking around the city all morning and down to the Navy Pier, we decided to take the lake boat tour after lunch so we could relax for a short while. The tour was nice enough with the boat speaker providing information and history about the buildings of the Chicago skyline. The ticket price for the kids was great at... More 

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chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we appreciate all feedback on our tours. While the river tours offer a more in depth look at the city, the lake rides are a good choice for families with younger children who might not want to take a longer tour. More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Whether you love history or just want to cruise in the water, this is great for all ages. My 9 year old niece loved being on the water and looking at the buildings. We loved learning about the hidden facts that we might not have otherwise seen. Almost did not do this but so glad we did.

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chicagohartnett, Digital Marketing Coordinator at Shoreline Sightseeing, responded to this review

Thanks for deciding to take the tour with us! We're so glad your entire family enjoyed it! More 

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