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Take in iconic views of the beautiful Chicago lakefront and its many landmarks during this 40-minute 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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Food and drinks (available for purchase)

Departure Point

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

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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.
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
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John Hancock Center
The John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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

  • 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise.
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.
What is the social distancing policy during Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise.
What is the maximum group size during Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

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
  • "And a bar for drinks and snacks available for purchase." See review


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Must do
, Jun 2021
Great experience and the staff was amazing. Definitely doing it again. The weather was great and they have beer and wine for to buy.
, Jun 2021
Nice and relaxing good atmosphere. What more can I say, it was a wonderful tour. Chicago is a beautiful city
, Jun 2021
Wonderful trip....we were late to arrive but the young lady at the kiosk rescheduled us easily and waalaaa. All the young gentlemen were helpful boarding the boat and the info about the city.
, Jun 2021
My family and I had a great time! Totally would recommend for other family’s to try. And was very affordable.
A different view of Chicago.
, Jun 2021
It was awesome to see Chicago from a different angle. Staff was very courteous... will do again. I Al's enjoyed seeing the water facilities on the water. It's amazing how everything is put together on the lake. Nice is the best way to describe it.
Amazing! Fun!
, Jun 2021
I had amazing time! It was a beautiful day to be on the lake and see everything. The staff was friendly and very professional. The tour in general was just perfect.
, Jun 2021
The tour was great! I captured some memorable pictures of the Chicago skyline. Tour information was informative.
, Jun 2021
This was my 5 year old son's first boat ride. The staff was so friendly.My older son and I enjoyed all the information.
, Jun 2021
Pathetic and unreliable service. We had booked the tour thru this company and for reason we couldn’t reach on time, all we asked them was to reschedule our trip for the next day, and they couldn’t do that. Apparently they couldn’t reach the local tour company for 24 hrs of following up. Same reason they have for 5 times. We asked them to refund the money finally or give us an email where we can reach out, they couldn’t provide that as well. Please never book Thru them. You will loose money.
Amazing cruise
, Jun 2021
Excellent cruise in the Lake Michigan. Amazing breathtaking views from the coast of the City. The crew was very helpful.

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