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Shoreline Sightseeing
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US$33.60*
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Chicago Architecture River Cruise
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US$124.00*
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: TripAdvisor ranked Shoreline Sightseeing as the #1 Most Booked Tour in America! 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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Toronto
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7 reviews
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“Best tour guide!!”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

My 2 friends and I did the architecture tour with Victor as our guide. He was amazing! Very knowledgeable and passionate about the buildings and the city of Chicago. He provided and abundance of information about each building and he spoke very eloquently at the same time. A great way to be introduced to Chicago.

Visited November 2013
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Rochester, New York, United States
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“Would recommend.”
Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

Got a lot of recommendations for Wandella tours but due to a busy November weekend (which I wasn't expecting) resulting in most tours being sold out I went with Shoreline's Architecture Tour. I wasn't disappointed.

First off, take the tour. It's worth the 30 bucks.

The city looks beautiful and it's great to know about the architecture of the beautiful city and I have zero knowledge about architecture.

The ticketing process was fast and easy. The boat was clean. It's smaller than other boats and does not have a bar on board. It was a 60 minute tour. Victor our guide was knowledgable and kept us interested. He threw in a bit of humor to keep us engaged as well.

Shoreline also has more frequent boats compared to other ones and is relatively cheaper though a few bucks more expensive than Wandella. Great part of my trip. Would definitely recommend.

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“You don't want to miss it”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

First I was a bit reluctant because of the price. You often think these kind of tours are for mass-tourists, but this one isn't at all. But this one is really worth your while.

Not only it´s a wonderful way to see Chicago (especially if the weather is good), it´s also a real jump into its history and amazing architecture.

Our guide Victor was passionnate (knows every inch of the city like the bottom of his pocket) and really interesting. It´s good to havé someone who's really into his topic and do not hesitate to give his opinion some times to times.

So i'll just say: don't go visit Chicago and miss this. Comparing to other must-see (Like the Sears, at least one hour wait), you have quite direct boarding and awesome staff.

Visited November 2013
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Chicago IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A learning experience even for locals!”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

In late October, a friend and i went on the architectural tour leaving from Navy Pier. It was his first time and my 2nd time on any such tour. The Capt and the tour guide were fantastic. I never knew of such history and stories behind the many buildings along the Chicago River. It makes me appreciate what was in front of my face and never noticed all these years!

Visited October 2013
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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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“Architecture tour is very interesting”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

We took the architecture tour twice because it's so good. The first time we had to sit downstairs as the boat was very crowded, so it was sometimes hard to follow which building we were supposed to be looking at as the guide spoke so fast and we couldn't see him point! The second time we sat on top and whilst this was better we still enjoyed both trips. We also did the Skyline tour. Worth it for us as it was included on our Go Chicago pass.

Visited October 2013
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