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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, along or grab a drink at the on-board bar, during your ride.


  • Narrated 40-minute 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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What You Can Expect

Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

Skyline Lake Michigan Tour

Get a unique perspective on Chicago's world-famous skyline during this 40-minute 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, leaving every hour of the day between 10am and 5:30pm, heading out for a 40-minute ride on the water. Along the way you'll listen to interesting narration from your on-board narrator, who shares insights into Chicago history, and 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, the Aon Center and Trump Tower. 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.

Customer Reviews

Frederick B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Everything about the experience was perfect! The boat was spotless and the crew treated us great! There was a bar on the boat with beverages and snacks were also available. We had a great time.

Debbie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Spectacular weather, boat ride and points of interest. Ride was just long enough.

Donna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I loved this cruise. We took it at 3:30 pm after we had shopped since 9 am. I enjoyed the ride and the information was good. It was great to see some of the things we had seen earlier in the morning from the Lake. I could have spent 2 more hours on the boat!!! I wish they had a cruise out into Lake Michigan.

Debbie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very relaxing and informative about Chicago's architect and history. Great end to a busy wedding weekend.

Daniel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved it.

catherine j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Beautiful day, very nice crew and staff. Could update the onboard speaker info. Will take this and architecture tours in the future!

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

it was a Great tour the was very knowledgeable about the history of Chicago enjoyed the view of Lake Michigan nice weather i highly recommend this tour thanks tours4fun you are the best

Allison O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Informative tour that was well-priced. Our family was visiting Chicago and everyone was happy with this cruise. Staff was friendly and helpful. No snags in reservations or finding the tour and location was very convenient to our downtown hotel. Great information about the city's buildings, the lake and history. A highlight of our trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Short, but very nice cruise, beautiful city view.

Marlane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

They let us board early. Staff was friendly, Boat was clean

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