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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

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icon40 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Take in iconic 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 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
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Food and drinks (available for purchase)

Departure Point

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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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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  • "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!" See review
  • "And a bar for drinks and snacks available for purchase." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Amazing cruise
Kay
, Jun 2021
Excellent cruise in the Lake Michigan. Amazing breathtaking views from the coast of the City. The crew was very helpful.
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star-5
Awesome addition to our impromptu anniversary
Cynthia_M
, Jun 2021
The Skyline was awesome , night view of Chicago 💥The history of the city was informative, and we live here🤩
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star-3
Save yourself the trouble and purchase directly from Navy Pier cruise lines
Imelda_G
, Jun 2021
Purchased a sightseeing boat cruise of Lake Michigan, 45 minutes, docking from Navy Pier in Chicago. Viator was very unclear in its communications, email and text, about where the boat was docked and the name of the cruise line was hard to find. We almost missed docking time because the address that Viator provided was wrong. The docking location was farther than the address given at the pier so we had to rush to get to the correct location in time. It was super frustrating and took away from the cruising experience. The cruise line was Shoreline Sightseeing and I’ll purchase from them directly rather than going through Viator next time. Also, the photo that Viator had on its website underneath the cruise that I purchased was not accurate at all. It seems like Viator just took a random stock photo to market the product. The vessel that we actually got on was just okay, not the boat that was pictured when purchasing. Viator is a third-part vendor but it can do a better job of researching the experience they are selling and provide clear information to consumers.
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When its raining they should pause the tour
Georgia_D
, Jun 2021
It started raining before we left for the tour and I got rained on because they didn't close the windows before me and other passengers were drenched. Couldn't see the sites because it wasn't clear visibility. Came from Wisconsin my mother and I for a trip to Chicago which ended up underwhelming.
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star-5
Do it
Sherrie_W
, Jun 2021
I loved that this adventure was easy to book and find. The cruise was amaxing and i would recommend it .
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star-5
Mini Cruise and inexpensive.
Syed_Parwez
, Jun 2021
Everything was well organized. Good service. Mini cruise was excellent. Good commentary and description was very informative. Keep doing the good work of entertainment.
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star-5
It was amazing. My first time ever being there and it’s so nice and the staff is so friendly.
Tamera_D
, Jun 2021
Going on the Cruise and seeing everything was breathtaking And of course the shopping was fun as well 😉
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star-3
Nice
Berke_K
, Jun 2021
Nice to know all about the arthitecture around the city. Only downside was that tickets were not checked when boarding. I felt like I bought those tickets and did not even need them. I’ve seen people getting on without tickets.
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star-4
Simply Breathtaking
Liti_R
, Jun 2021
Breathtaking views. Great service. Friendly and helpful staff. Clean boats. Wonderful experience for the entire family.
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star-5
Awesome
Camille_R
, Jun 2021
Learning about the History of Chicago. The tour was great. The day was sunny and the breeze felt wonderful.
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