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Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago
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Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago

By Shoreline Sightseeing
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If your feet need a break from the city streets, a short skyline cruise is the perfect way to see the best of Chicago without breaking a sweat. Offered regularly throughout the day, this tour is easy to fit into your itinerary. Enjoy unobstructed views of the Willis Tower, Navy Pier, and other top landmarks. Along the way, get the inside scoop on the Windy City’s wealth of history.
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Ages 0-99, max of 200 per group
Duration: 40m
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Mobile ticket
Audio guide: English
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Highlights
  • See the top sights in a short amount of time
  • Photograph the skyline from an ideal vantage point
  • Take a tour that the everyone can enjoy
  • Choose a start time that works for you

  • Pre-recorded commentary on board
  • Scenic skyline cruise on Lake Michigan
  • Restroom on board
  • Pet-friendly
What's not included
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase and you can also bring your own)


Start:
  • Shoreline Boats Tours, 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.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5580SKY

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Cruises are dog friendly
    • Beginning November 6th, 2023 through April 2024, cruises will be 30 minutes in length
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    How much is Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago?
    Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago price starts from £29.55. Discover and book Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago on Tripadvisor
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    Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago on Tripadvisor
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    Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago is hosted by Shoreline Sightseeing. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Shoreline Sightseeing on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Lake Michigan Skyline Cruise in Chicago on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5580SKY

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    • 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.
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      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.
      Pass by
      Chicago Skyline
      Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower
      Navy Pier
      Buckingham Fountain
      Millennium Park
      Chicago Cultural Center
      Chicago Architecture Center
      Historic Water Tower
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    • Shoreline Sightseeing
      8,769
      Chicago, United States
    • deborahc833
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommended
      The best thing I did in Chicago. Not only was it an absolute pleasure but it really helped me understand and orientate myself to the city and get some great ideas for the rest of my short trip. Highly recommend. PS Josh was our guide and was so informative and entertaining - even for someone who wasn’t hugely interested in architecture!
      Written 23 May 2024
    • mynameischrisand
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Terrific cruise!
      Our docent,Sylvia, was THE BEST!! WOW - she is super knowelgeable about the architecture, history & provides little tidbits of info to make this a fascinating cruise. Sylvia is energetic, upbeat & speaks very clearly. Can't recall when we've had a better docent. Interesting & informative trip up & down & along the 2 branches of Chicago River. Shoreline Sightseeing was our tour boat; driver was excellent; we had a very smooth cruise.
      Written 23 May 2024
    • Flyer61150468961
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Prime Chicago views
      Richard was great and the tour was beautiful in the Chicago sun. Perfect opportunity to take pictures and relax for 75 minutes.
      Written 23 May 2024
    • NorthStar52060527360
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unique Journey
      Courtney's tour of Chicago offered a fascinating and distinctive perspective. She expertly delved into the city's history by highlighting the individuals who contributed to its construction and upkeep. Through her insights, I gained a newfound admiration for the immense effort required to build and maintain such a remarkable city.
      Written 22 May 2024
    • kristaa549
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend!!
      Our family of adults and teens thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Brenna was a fantastic tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and engaging about everything Chicago and all of the amazing buildings in downtown Chicago! Highly recommend!!!
      Written 22 May 2024
    • Roving09819016287
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful city!
      Insightful, beautiful tour. Now I look at the city’s buildings with so much more understanding and appreciation. Boat was comfortable, tour guide and crew were excellent.
      Written 22 May 2024
    • rocioc120
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful
      Wonderful experience We had a great Tour guide Dan J Super experienced in architectural buildings and Chicago history, and also a great sense of humor!
      Written 21 May 2024
    • donnac0601
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don’t miss this!
      This is simply a stunning way to see Chicago, great guides, great commentary, beautiful buildings and a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours
      Written 21 May 2024
    • F1918XRjand
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Chicago Architecture River Cruise
      Loved the view from the river. Even though it was raining for part of it, was a great tour. Many stairs to get to boat, however, so be prepared if you use a wheelchair or walker. There is no elevator and ramp is 1/2 mile away.
      Written 21 May 2024
    • Cmstyle
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Well, worth the time if you're in Chicago
      Brooke did an amazing job of bringing all the buildings to life. Wonderful tour we happen to have a great nice warm day. It was all perfect.
      Written 20 May 2024
    • G4874CQkarend
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fun art and history lesson!
      What an interesting and unique way to see Chicago! Courtney really knew her stuff, showing the history of Chicago through the people who built it and continue to tend it. I have a new appreciation for what it took and still takes to make a great city.
      Written 20 May 2024
    • CavsFan4
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Totally worth it
      Would do this again in a heartbeat, fascinating information, knowledgeable tour guide, unique views- loved every minute of this tour
      Written 19 May 2024
    • Compass37630483090
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing tour along the Chicago River!
      Our tourguide, Brooke, did an amazing job engaging the group while also informing us about the city's history. It was a beautiful day out, and I'm so glad that we chose to take this tour!
      Written 19 May 2024
    • billmL4681HA
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Job Shorline!
      All the staff were very friendly, courteous and helpful!!! The valet parking so convenient and close to where we had to go!!! I booked the tour for my better half 50 th birthday day gift and she absolutely loved it. We will highly recommend to all our friends and family!
      Written 19 May 2024
    • Happiness03185416954
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Tour of historic Chicago Architecture
      The architecture tour was awesome. You got to see all the beautiful buildings in Chicago and got to learn about the history surrounding them as well. The tour guide was fantastic and made sure to make the guests feel involved. Overall 10/10 would highly recommend if you plan on visiting Chicago.
      Written 19 May 2024
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles125 reviews
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    JVBH
    2 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    Very disappointed in how the Shoreline crew did nothing to prevent or deal with a ship full of inebriated individuals on our Sunday afternoon sightseeing cruise. I understand Shoreline can't prevent what people do in their own time but they have seemed to turn a blind eye to a cheap party boat environment where unsuspecting passengers and families are stranded for an hour without help from the crew in a very uncomfortable environment.

    A group of obviously intoxicated gentlemen boarded the Sunday afternoon 1:30 cruise and proceeded to yell, swear, call each other derogatory racial terms and discuss their morning drug intake for the entire 40 minutes across the boat, stopped only by one of them passing out and the others going to the front of the boat leaning sick. The crew was aware of the situation in that they were sitting next to the captain and yelling questions at him from the moment we left the dock. Amazingly enough the bar also continued to serve this group alcohol despite the fact that at least one of the gentleman was having a hard time walking. The other Shoreline employee did nothing until we docked and he quickly came to the top level to get them off. We tried to move to the lower level but were met by another large party group each drinking out of their own bottle of champagne they openly brought on the boat. The noise from the groups and the people standing to drink along the sightlines of the boat made the recorded tour undiscernible.

    If you are looking for a tour of Chicago, choose another boat. If you are looking for a cheap way to party on the lake for 30 minutes, this may be your tour.
    Written 16 August 2021
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    Arthur P
    Leawood, KS1,344 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021
    Even though my wife & I are originally from Chicago, we have never taken a boat tour on Lake Michigan to see the Chicago skyline until our recent trip back.

    We went to Navy Pier and bought tickets to the Lake Michigan tour aboard the Shoreline Sightseeing boat. Very reasonably priced (a little over $27 per person).
    The total tour was about 45 minutes. The weather was perfect and the view was beautiful.
    Written 30 October 2021
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    Gladson J
    Dayton, OH44 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    They just stay within the barricades that surround the navy pier on lake Michigan. The river cruise is much better than this, so called lake cruise. Punctual, very clean. There was a differently abled passenger on board and saw that the captain was explaining the tour separately to him. Why was the captain, with the passenger? Coz the boss decided to captain the boat that trip.
    Written 31 July 2021
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    Debra E
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would recommend coming to the navy pier a good place to visit while in Chicago.. A lot to see and do downtown. You can walk sight see or take one of the boats around Lake Michigan. Also, do a little partying at night the spirit cruise looks like fun… will do that next time… so many restaurants to eat from lines can get long but worth the wait. Food trucks if you just want a snack ate lined up
    Written 20 August 2023
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    Cowboydavy115
    Spokane, WA287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2021
    This is a great way to get out into the Chicago Harbor to cool off a little and see the skyline from the water level perspective. We even saw a sunken boat with just its bow sticking out of the water near the breakwater. You sail past the Harbor Lighthouse and the harbor entrance. It was a very pleasant day out on the water and the water was calm in the harbor as well and Lake Michigan. The crew was super friendly and informative. Just a really nice boat ride, I highly recommend it.
    Written 21 July 2022
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    Stephanie C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022 • Couples
    The boat ride was a good way to relax and see the Chicago skyline from another angle, with all that fresh air and breezes from the lake. The information on the history and architecture of landscapes and the city in general was interesting. An enjoyable outing.
    Written 3 October 2022
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    Mufaddal P
    Minneapolis, MN3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much better than expected! Reasonably priced and a lot of cool info on the city piped through the speakers.
    Best way to spend roughly 1 hour on the navy pier. Kids get to unwind and if the weather is too hot or too chilly you can head downstairs to the covered level
    Written 8 August 2023
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    Mike F
    7 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unfortunately it was raining but it took them until we were half way around to put the screens down to stop water coming in. Everything was drenched.

    The most disappointing was the PA system / because we were sitting downstairs it was really poor and could catch much of what she was saying.

    Overall the views were excellent
    Written 26 June 2022
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    Alexandra R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    Arrived about 20 minutes early on a Thursday and it was not busy at all. The weather was in the 90s but out on the tour it felt like 75 perfect. Highly recommend if you want to see the city from afar.
    Written 17 May 2022
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    Sylvia I
    Mishawaka, IN3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Family
    We enjoyed the ride which takes you outside the city. But the views are great. The bad thing for us was the parking. The website says to park at a public parking but it was a mile or more away on foot! Recommend parking at Navy Pier
    Written 22 October 2023
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