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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

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icon40 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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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Commentary on board
Food and drinks (available for purchase)

Departure Point

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
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
Pass By:  
John Hancock Center
The John Hancock Center, is a 100-story, 1,128-foot supertall skyscraper
Pass By:  
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. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
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

Reviews

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IndigoFenix
, Sep 2020
Great experience overall. I was confident in the COVID19 protocols. Staff was friendly and professional.
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Relaxing
Faria_Z
, Sep 2020
Fun and relaxing experience. It was a nice overview of the skyline. 4 stars because I wish it did a chicago river tour, otherwise it was very pleasant. Social Distance seating was also a plus.
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History on all the skyscrapers
Kenneth_S
, Sep 2020
My children and I had a great time, and will definitely come back. My kids loved viewing the skyscrapers and the lighthouse.
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Educational date night
Lauren_W
, Aug 2020
Great date night ride with a huge splash of education in Chicago history. Loved it and learned so much!
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exceptional customer service
alvarez
, Aug 2020
very polite and professional, courteous and top notch cudtomer service! i was warmly greeted and boat ride was excellent!
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Great Time
Corey
, Aug 2020
Great sightseeing for an affordable price. Wonderful example experience! Would definitely do this tour again.
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Terrible
Enrique_O
, Aug 2020
I booked the tour at 4:30 pm, we arrived at the time we had to arrive, at the address sent to our mail, when we arrived at the place, we saw that the window where tickets are purchased was closed, we spent 30 minutes trying to communicate With customer assistance, after several attempts they answered the call, I explained the case and it turns out that there was another ticket office approximately 600 meters away from the address of the place, when we arrived we explained the situation and asked for a refund because by 6pm we had another tour with another company, they said that a refund was not possible adi we had to take the tour with the new schedule adjustment they gave us. The tour is not really a big deal, good view of the city but I recommend that you take the tour that shows the architecture more closely, also, the company did not take into account in canceling the tour due to the bad weather, in the middle of the tour It started to rain, which made us want to jump out of the boat because we couldn't enjoy anything, also, we lost the other tour with the other company. a waste of time and money.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you for sharing about your experience. We will take a look at the directional information on the vouchers and see if we can make the dock information more clear.
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Everything
Brandi_M
, Aug 2020
Great experience. My son really enjoyed himself. We are planning to come again. Will highly recommend
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Beautiful evening
Brian_L
, Aug 2020
Great value, on time, clean ship, great staff. Overall an excellent experience. Also, learned a bit about the architecture, new and old. All of us (6) had a great time and were able to take some very nice pictures.
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Amazing experience!!!
Kelsi_S
, Aug 2020
We went to the 7:30 ride and it was amazing!! The tour was informative and the sights were beyond anything we’d expected!!!
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