Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tour in Chicago, IL

Shoreline SightseeingClassic Lake - 600 East Grand Ave. Navy Pier River Tour - 94 N Streeter Dr.9Chicago, IL 60611
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Hop aboard the Shoreline Sightseeing Chicago cruise around Lake Michigan for 30 minutes. Departing from Navy Pier, marvel at the breathtaking Chicago skyline and renowned landmarks. Enjoy panoramic views of the Willis Tower, 875 N. Michigan, Aqua Tower, and The St. Regis Chicago from a unique perspective while learning their history from an audio narration.

up to 0.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • A family-friendly sightseeing Chicago boat tour departing from Navy Pier, near the West Parking.
  • Infants ages two and under cruise free!
  • Seating is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis so come early.
  • Boarding starts 15 minutes prior to cruise departure.
  • Navy Pier is wheelchair accessible. However please note that the ramp to the boat can only accommodate wheelchairs with narrow bases.
  • Dogs on leash are welcome on the Navy Pier boat rides.
  • Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at the seasonal onboard cash bar.


from Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tour
Experience the enchanting beauty of Chicago's skyline like never before with the Skyline Lake Tour from the unique vantage point of Lake Michigan—a view that will redefine your perception of the city!

Savor 30 minutes of unparalleled skyline views from the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan, creating the perfect excursion for both Chicago locals and visitors alike. Departing from the Navy Pier dock at 600 E. Grand Ave, this tour offers a captivating journey across Lake Michigan, allowing you to marvel at Chicago's renowned skyscrapers and landmarks.

During the 30-minute pre-recorded boat tour, presented in two sections, you'll have the opportunity to witness iconic landmarks such as the Willis Tower, 875 N. Michigan (formerly the John Hancock Building), Aqua Tower, and The St. Regis Chicago (Vista Tower). The unique perspectives from Lake Michigan provide an entirely new dimension to the city's landscape.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Chicago's buildings as you hear captivating stories of how the city evolved to boast such a famous skyline. Come and join this unforgettable experience that combines scenic beauty with insightful narratives, offering a fresh and captivating outlook on the Windy City's architectural wonders.

Please Note:
Skyline Lake Tour boats have limited access to people with disabilities. Boat ramps are accessible only to wheelchairs with a narrow base and not at all to motorized vehicles.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tour

Where does these Lake Michigan boat tours depart from?

Lake Michigan cruises depart from Navy Pier at 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611. The Shoreline boat is at Navy Pier's South Dock near the West Parking garage and a short walk from the CTA bus station.

Is there parking for Chicago boat tours departing from Navy Pier?

Shoreline Sightseeing does not operate any parking lots but you'll find nearby parking at Navy Pier's West and East Parking. Parking rates may apply.

Where does Lake Michigan cruise go?

The skyline lake tour covers the entire downtown city skyline from north to south. The six-mile trip on Lake Michigan proceeds north past Navy Pier to the Hancock Building, east out to the lighthouse, and south towards the Willis (Sears) Tower and Museum Campus, which includes the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Field Museum of Natural History.

Will cruises operate rain or shine?

In the spring and fall, the schedule is largely dependent on weather. However, tours will usually sail during the summer, though the weather may require a reduced schedule. It is up to the captain to decide whether conditions are unsafe and to delay or cancel the cruise accordingly. If cruises are canceled due to inclement weather, refunds will be issued for pre-purchased tickets.

Are the boats covered?

Most tour boats are double-deckers with a partially covered overhead, but four have a single deck with no cover.

Is alcohol served onboard?

Alcohol is available on most boat tours.

Are snacks and beverage available for purchase?

Yes, snacks and drinks are available for purchase on most boats.

Do the boats have restrooms onboard?

Yes, the boats conveniently have an onboard restroom.

Are the boats accessible to people with disabilities?

The boats have limited access to people with disabilities. There's a ramp accessible only to wheelchairs with narrow bases and not to motorized vehicles.

Are dogs allowed on board?

Yes, leashed dogs are allowed.