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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise
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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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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.
Pass By:  
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 .
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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  • "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
Amazing
motherce_E
, Jul 2022
Nice experience and the customer service is just amazing! The ride was perfect and you can view the amazing city of Chicago.
star-5
Night sightseeing
Adrienne_S
, Jul 2022
the night lights, the history of Chicago, spending time with my love and relaxing on an evening boat ride. The staff was nice as well
star-5
My family and friends enjoyed it.
Katrice_O
, Jul 2022
Good experience. Staff was friendly. Would definitely do again. Next time would like to do a tour that travels to a different location.
star-3
First pandemic travel
Gayle_W
, Jul 2022
The shoreline is truly magnificent. I would’ve appreciated a brochure or some written information to point out the buildings that were highlighted during the tour. Finally it is advertised as a 90 minute experience a little under an hour
star-5
Very friendly staff and...
Elon_B
, Jul 2022
Very friendly staff and smooth ride for the little ones. We enjoyed listening to the history and 40mins is the perfect amount of time.
star-5
Chicago from the lake
Larry_S
, Jul 2022
Just seeing the skyline from out away from the shore. The scale of the buildings could be appreciated more. And the narrator was good.
star-5
AWESOME JUST AWESOME!!! I...
Koty_M
, Jul 2022
AWESOME JUST AWESOME!!! I advise everyone to this, if they're visiting Beautiful Chicago! Well worth it!!
star-5
Will definitely book again
Alfredo_J
, Jul 2022
Besides the great weather. It was a very peaceful and ful of Information on the tour. Friendly staff and very clean environment
star-4
Nice way to chill!
Donna_P
, Jun 2022
Lots of laughs. Good service. Great Brownie!! Great night of entertainment! Cheerful and accommodating wait staff.
star-5
Buildings of Chicago
kim_s
, Jun 2022
I enjoyed the breeze of the wind while riding the boat on the tour. It was insightful information on when the buildings were structured.
star-5
Good but could have been...
Tamilanand_R
, Jun 2022
Good but could have been little better . If there was connectivity between lake and river in one cruse.
star-4
Great views.
Abbie_T
, Jun 2022
The cruise was beautiful. There was a great view of the city the whole time and it was very picturesque.
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.

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