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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise
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icon40 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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

124 N Streeter Dr, 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.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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Traveler Tips


  • "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
  • "Let's chilly out on the lake due to the wind even on a hot day so bring a sweatshirt 😀" See review
  • "My advice would be to bring your own as they do allow you to bring items onboard." See review

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Ray_W
, Jul 2021
Want a full refund went to the location and was greeted by a boat with staff and no guide looking like a wrap up for the night. Guess we missed send off.
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star-5
Great experience
Nakita_D
, Jul 2021
Everything was nice! Cool breeze and relaxing. Staff was friendly and welcoming. Please consider taking cash and not only card for payments.
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Lake View
Michael_N
, Jul 2021
A nice short boat trip on Lake Michigan to get a great view of the Chicago skyline. The history lesson was nice as well. Plus, it was interesting to the tip of a sunken boat out on the water as well
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star-5
Great information and beautiful views
Carol_C
, Jul 2021
I’ve done a lot of the “touristy” things in Chicago, but I hadn’t taken a lake cruise. My only complaint would be that the price seemed a little high. The crew was friendly, and unlike the river cruise we did, we could clearly hear everything that the guide was saying. She gave a ton of history and interesting information about the city. We got some amazing views of the skyline as well.
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A different view of the city with history.
Randy
, Jul 2021
Absolutely Love Chicago! It was our daughters Birthday after dinner we decided a boat ride would be nice. Easy On/Off. Hearing the history, seeing the city from a different view. Upon booking, asked any special requests? I said Yes, please say Happy Birthday Lauren. Well that never happened otherwise I’d of given 5 stars.
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Fun!
Sandta_J
, Jul 2021
Helpful staff and a nice little cruise. Affordable. Would recommend this tour to anyone. Learned a lot about Chicago’s history.
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Great sightseeing
Kanae_G
, Jul 2021
It was a nice experience! Time that I chose was perfect. Being able to see Sunset with a nice breeze, appreciating the beauty of Chicago... It was a nice treat to myself.
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Skyline view
Jay
, Jul 2021
The beautiful skyline… A experience everyone visiting Chicago should explore. I found seating on the upper deck had the best view to me.
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Great tour and good price
Mario_D
, Jul 2021
Great views of the Chicago Skyline, the storytelling was on point and the crew was very helpful. If you get the tour during sunset the colors of the sky and the city lights contrasting is breathtaking
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Best Price, Best Tour , Best View
Crissie_W
, Jul 2021
Nice Crew. Great skyline view, and I enjoyed the recording of historical facts about Chicago’s landmarks. I ask that rules for passenger be reviewed for everyone’s safety . Some passengers children were very active, running, ringing the bell, and being unsupervised by their parents. A quick reminder of safety expectations for those would be nice for all enjoying the wonderful cruise
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