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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

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Chicago, United States
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iconOffered in: English

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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 superlative-worthy 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 iconic 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
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.
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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Reviews by Viator travelers
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Great tour
Alyson_H
, Aug 2020
The tour was informative, the staff were nice, and the boat was clean. I really enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone!
star-5
Amazing experience for two or the whole family
KiaraD
, Aug 2020
So beautiful and informative tour. We were able to learn about the history of Chicago while enjoying great scenery. Also took a picture before getting on the boat featuring downtown Chicago which was amazing
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Buyer Beware
Lise
, Aug 2020
Viatir did not want to facilitate rescheduling my lake front cruise even though there was rain along with dangerous wave conditions unexpectedly in the weather that day. I think accommodating weather conditions that weren't expected is a minimal customer service expectation. I was told to reach out to the shoreline cruise, but was given the runaround and told to speak to Viator, who in turn told me to work it out with shoreline cruise. VERY DISAPPOINTED with my service especially since I planned on referring clients if I had an enjoyable experience.
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Awesome
Tosca_C
, Aug 2020
It was an awesome tour. My husband and I really enjoyed our first visit to Navy Pier. I would recommend to anyone.
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Super satisfied
Arasia_N
, Jul 2020
The cruise was fantastic. The weather was perfect, the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the city. This was just a relaxing experience.
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Beautiful
Lynette
, Jul 2020
It was a beautiful sight. I really enjoyed it. I also learned about the history of Chicago. It was worth the price. I most definitely would like to go again next time
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Boat Ride with Granddaughter
Valerie_H
, Jul 2020
The tour was nice but was a little misleading. I thought that we were going to go along the Chicago River but we only did a circle around the pier. Maybe that was for a longer ride but they should specify that on your ticket purchase. Outside of that it was nice 40 minute ride for the price.
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VonLavonne_N
, Jul 2020
I really enjoy myself and my guess and we will be back again thank u I would like to take my grandson so that he will see the difference thing in Chicago
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Excellent
Larry_M
, Jul 2020
Overall excellent experience👌🏽👍🏽...the bartender was great with the drinks,and the guide was very knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you for joining us on a tour of Lake Michigan! You can't beat those, especially with a drink in your hand. We appreciate the review!
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Good
VALENTINE_F
, Jul 2020
Good I will do it again enjoy my me and my mom excellent time on there I will being more family and friends
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you for taking your mom on our tour we are happy to hear you both enjoyed it! We promise when you come back you will learn something new - our guides all deliver the tour a little differently!

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