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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

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  • 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take in iconic views of the beautiful Chicago lakefront and its many landmarks during this 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

What's Included

  • Commentary on board
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 124 Park Dr, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    Shoreline Sightseeing Lake Tour is on Navy Pier’s Dock Street. Your tour will depart from Shoreline’s dock on the west end of Navy Pier. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

Return Details

  • Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

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.

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.

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


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!

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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!
Let's chilly out on the lake due to the wind even on a hot day so bring a sweatshirt 😀
My advice would be to bring your own as they do allow you to bring items onboard.
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Amazing views!
Robert_S, Nov 2021
Great tour - excellent views and narration by operator. Also did the river architecture tour and would recommend both.
Relaxing ride with great...
Lauren_D, Oct 2021
Relaxing ride with great views!! My son enjoyed the rocking of the boat and the waves on the lake. I enjoyed soaking in the views!
Great views, fun...
Mohamed_S, Oct 2021
Great views, fun experience, and learned a lot about Chicago. Highly recommend to the entire family.
Was amazing!! Price was...
Nayou_B, Oct 2021
Was amazing!! Price was very affordable Wish they could give a snack like they used to do before. Would definitely recommend them!!
The experience was really...
John_W, Oct 2021
The experience was really great. Great views of the city and historical information. Provides views you can’t get in the city.
Wonderful Crusie
PRANJALI_P, Oct 2021
The skyline view is amazing! Worth going on the cruise! The cool breeze, sun and the view! They do tell the history of chicago and the famous buildings ! Loved it! ♥️
Beautiful site seeing, nice crew
Marco_A, Oct 2021
Trip was nice, eventhough it rain we had a good time. We stayed covered in the lower level. I recommend this, it is a reasonable plan.
Chicago on the Pier!!!
PATRICIA_D, Oct 2021
I picked the perfect day weather was awesome. Sites were marvelous! I really enjoyed myself. I shall return.
Great Experience
Victoria_B, Oct 2021
Phenomenal experience! Nice crew, beautiful sights, and the perfect amount of time! Had a wonderful time and would do another tour again in a heartbeat.
Good times
Jessica_S, Oct 2021
The audio tour about the history of the city was the highlight of the day. Seeing the city from a different perspective was truly pleasing.


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