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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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Nighttime Architecture River Tour - great way to spend a summer evening!

We took the Friday night, Architecture River Tour at 8 pm which provided a beautiful view of the city lights, some wonderful photo opportunities, and a great way to spend a summer... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 August 2016
Kristy W
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Allen Park, Michigan
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ZEELAND
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Paid $39.00 per person (4 adults) on Sat 8/27/16. Very good tour guide. Enjoyed boat trip. A bit pricey though.....

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Allen Park, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We took the Friday night, Architecture River Tour at 8 pm which provided a beautiful view of the city lights, some wonderful photo opportunities, and a great way to spend a summer evening. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided an excellent presentation! We had previously gone on the daytime tour a few years ago, but the night lights offered... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Decided to book with Shoreline because a friend had done the trip the day before and highly recommended it. Our tour guide was Ben. He was very accommodating and knowledgeable.

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Richland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We had so much fun on our tour today. Our guide was great. Very knowledgeable. Beautiful day and beautiful city. Definitely a must do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We booked the 75 minutes cruise which departed at 4:30 pm. While I have been on similar cruise before I was impressed by the knowledge of the tour guide, and enjoyed her witty comments. Overall an enjoyable trip the hot weather notwithstanding.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The Architecture tour is a must do early in the day as it's cooler and early in a multi day visit as it gives you insight to the city and what to see and what's going on. The stories of Chicago's history from its inception as a settlement, to the great fire, to the latest skyscrapers. Great. Boat serves snacks... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

An architecture boat tour was repeatedly recommended to me as a Chicago attraction and I'm so glad I went. The tour highlighted a lot of buildings in Chicago and made for a very enlightening experience. You learn how intentional architects were when designing buildings next to existing ones, and how space is intentionally used rather than haphazardly considered. A plus... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The Shoreline Architecture Tour on the historic Chicago River departing from Navy Pier ended up being a very interesting experience. Adam, our tour guide, did a terrific job with his presentation that was chalk full of information scripted on a very humorous and attention-grabbing way. It appeared as if it was going to rain any minute and we were a... More 

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Franklin, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

While visiting Chicago To see a concert, we decided to take the Shoreline Sightseeing Tour of Chicago architecture. It is a 75 minute boat ride along the Chicago river which is narrated (in our case, Nick, who was outstanding). It was fascinating To learn about local history as well as about the architecture with which I am totally unfamiliar (And... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We took the architecture river tour and it was wonderful. Our tour guide Victor was extremely knowledgable and very entertaining. We were able to get architectural information as well as historical background on buildings in Chicago.

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