Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour

Price — $19.00 – $43.00

Boat tours resume with Phase 3 safety protocols and cashless ticket purchases. Capacity is limited to 25% to ensure proper social distancing.

Explore Chicago's amazing architecture and dramatic history from Lake Michigan or along the Chicago River!

Health and Safety protocols will include systematic deep cleaning, protective masks required for passengers and crew, and social distancing for boarding and while on the tour. 

Shoreline Sightseeing ‘s Skyline Lake Tours combine a 40-minute lake cruise with a professionally recorded narration on Chicago’s dramatic history and famous landmarks. A favorite with families and visitors from around the world, the tours offer amazing views of Chicago’s iconic skyline.

Shoreline Sightseeing is a unique and memorable way to discover the beauty and history of Chicago’s famous architecture.

Discover why Shoreline Sightseeing's Architecture River Tour, which was rated the #1 Day Cruise in America for 2018 by TripAdvisor, is a must-do experience for both locals and visitors from around the world! Led by Shoreline’s experienced, educated, and entertaining docents, this 75-minute tour includes details, facts, and the history of more than 40 buildings that line the Chicago River. Find out how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire to become the birthplace of the skyscraper and how Chicago has ties to 21st Century architecture marvels like the Burj Khalifa.

Enjoy breathtaking views and outstanding photo opportunities as you cruise down all three branches of the Chicago River. Shoreline Sightseeing has two docks, both conveniently located at popular Chicago attractions. Depart on your open-air boat from the NW corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge or make an Architecture River Tour the first thing you do when you arrive at Navy Pier.

Shoreline Sightseeing’s Architecture River Tour departs daily and frequently March – December. Advanced tickets are recommended to secure a spot on this one-of-a-kind tour. Shoreline also offer its popular Spanish Language Architecture River Tours with bi-lingual guide on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:45 a.m., departing from the Michigan Avenue Dock. Shoreline’s complete tour schedule is posted daily at www.shorelinesightseeing.com.

Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour

  • Mon-Fri 10:00AM – 9:00PM
  • Saturday 10:00AM – 9:00PM
  • Sunday 10:00AM – 9:00PM


  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Gift Certificate
  • Pets Allowed
  • Private Parties
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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