Water activity

Chicago: Lake Michigan Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

Activity provider:Shoreline Sightseeing
Water activity

Chicago: Lake Michigan Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

Activity provider:Shoreline Sightseeing

From US$ 34.93 per person


See the sights of Chicago from Lake Michigan on this sightseeing cruise. Admire stunning views of the Chicago skyline and see many of the city’s iconic landmarks.

About this activity

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Duration 40 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Audio guide included

What customers loved


  • Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline from this Lake Michigan cruise
  • Marvel at Chicago’s historic lakefront sights and attractions
  • Listen to pre-recorded commentary about the city’s history and architecture
  • Enjoy a fast entry process with a ticket that lets you skip the ticket office
  • Choose between English or Spanish speaking tour times
Full description

Immerse yourself in the sights and learn about Chicago’s history and architecture during a cruise on Lake Michigan. Take advantage of skip-the-line entry privileges with a barcoded ticket that lets you proceed directly to the boarding line.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the city for the first time, taking in the spectacular views of Chicago's skyline from the lake makes for a perfect outing. You’ll see the city as never before while listening to commentary on Chicago's history and architectural gems. Simply hop on board, sit back, relax, and enjoy as you admire Chicago's most significant landmarks and striking buildings that make up the city's skyline that has appeared in so many movies and TV shows.

  • Skip-the-line cruise ticket
  • Pre-recorded commentary in English or Spanish (depending on option chosen)
  • Boarding photo (available to purchase)

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Meeting point

Join the boarding line for the Skyline Lake Cruise boat on the south side of Navy Pier, about 300 feet from the start of the pier. Look for greeters in bright orange.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks
  • Electric wheelchairs

Know before you go

  • In the colder months (November 1 to April 15th), the tour is 30 minutes long
  • Please note, a $10 per ticket change fee will be charged by the local partner for any date or time changes made on the original date of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 519 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
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This was a fun experience. We were in a large group of 24 people and the process was simple when purchasing tickets online. We loved the convenience of the small bar and the tour itself. The only down side was that the instructions on the meeting point were not very helpful. We walked around the pier for about 20 minutes trying to find the correct boarding location until we noticed the small light colored print at the bottom of the email that said it was with Shoreline.

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August 31, 2021

I absolutely loved everything about it!!! The staff was very professional and friendly. I decided to take my children ages 6 and 9 on this cruise at 9pm, so they could see how beautiful the skyline of Chicago is at nigh on our weekend adventure and they absolutely loved it!!! Parking was close by near the Navy Pier….security all around I felt very safe with my boys in the area.

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August 15, 2021

My first cruise was supposed to leave at 8pm, but due to traffics, we couldn’t make it so I called to reschedule an hour later. And the lady on the phone was so kind and adjusted it for us. And the boat ride was perfect. I was able to have conversations with the people sitting next to my friend and I. And they have a bar so you can get drinks anytime. Overall, we really enjoyed the ride.

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July 4, 2021

Product ID: 46393