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Address: Departing from Navy Pier, Departing from Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: +1 312-222-9328
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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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If you enjoy architecture!

Very knowledgeable guide with a very fast but interesting patter about many buildings along the Chicago River and who built them and the history around them!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very knowledgeable guide with a very fast but interesting patter about many buildings along the Chicago River and who built them and the history around them!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Loved every minute of the ride. The host (Ben?) was not just knowledgeable, but quite witty as well! Do take it towards the late afternoon when people are leaving offices. Offers quite a contrasting views in different parts of the ride.

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Dodgeville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were walking on the east side of Michigan Avenue near the Tribune Tower, the weather was perfect and we had 2 hours to kill so we bought tickets for the Architectural Tour on the Chicago River. I kept muttering, "Who knew?!" to my husband during the tour. I learned a lot about the history of Chicago and the buildings... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Rachel was our hostess. She did a wonderful job of explaining when and how each building came to be. We had a wonderful afternoon on the tour and it was November. It was a great way to see the City.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Architecture Tour, which was a great way to see the city's towering skyscrapers along the Chicago River. Tour guide was informative, but she did seem a bit bored at times and wasn't as enthusiastic as guides on other similar tours I've taken. Be warned that the boat does not have much shelter from the sun or rain.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well, what can we say but this was the highlight of our visit to Chicago. We booked it last minute the day before our trip and boy was it worth it. We were lucky enough to have Rachel as our tour guide and boy we lucked out! The 75 minute architecture tour is an absolute delightful way to get round... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I did the Architecture Criuse again, and enjoyed even more than the first time we did it a couple years ago. It's a 75 minute cruise of the Chicago River starting at Michigan Ave, and covers a bit of the north branch, and then much of the south branch. The speaker was very knowlegable about architecture, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the Shoreline architectural boat tour in November 2016, we really enjoyed it, it is very interesting to learn about how the city grew from a small trading settlement into the fantastic city Chicago is now. The guide Ben was very informative about the different buildings and their architects, how the rivers combined to make the city quiet unique and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great boat tour hosted by Ben! We got a lot of interesting deep dive information and wonderful skyline pictures. Ben is the greatest. ;)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been on the Chicago's First Lady several times and always had a pleasant experience. My husband and I choose last minute to take the Shoreline and had a great experience. Our tour guide William was knowledgeable, funny, relatable and engaging. I would highly suggest this company if you want to go on a architectural tour. One drawback on... More 

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