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Architecture & Sightseeing Cruises

Take in Chicago’s iconic skyline and the scenic Chicago River with sightseeing cruises at Navy Pier! Ranging from 40-90 minutes in length, sightseeing cruises offer guests panoramic city views along with entertaining and enlightening commentary about Chicago’s architecture and history.

Sightseeing Cruises

Seadog River and Lake Architectural Tour

Amazing views and entertaining narration combine on this unique adventure exploring the architecture of Chicago!

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Departing from Navy Pier on Seadog, this 75-minute narrated cruise is the best way to get up-close views of Chicago’s unique architecture and famous landmarks.

On Seadog River and Lake Architectural Tour, You’ll Enjoy:

  • A 75-minute cruise through the historic Chicago Locks and up the Chicago River
  • Up-close views of all the famous bridges of the Chicago River
  • Entertaining narration with amusing stories and facts on Chicago’s history
  • Fascinating stories about some of Chicago’s most famous buildings including the Tribune Building, Willis Tower, Lyric Opera and the Merchandise Mart
  • An exciting speedboat ride along the lakefront featuring views of Chicago including Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago Harbor, Chicago’s Museum Campus and more!

Additional Information:

  • Seadog offers Multiple Departures Daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • We recommend that guests bring sunscreen and water along.
  • Seats fill up fast, so plan your cruise today! If seats are available, you can also purchase tickets for the same day at our Seadog ticket booth located on Navy Pier.

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Shoreline Architecture River Tours

Expert Guides highlight Chicago’s world-famous architecture on this Chicago River Tour. Discover why Shoreline’s Architecture River Tour was named by TripAdvisor as the#1 most popular tour in America for 2017.

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Take Shoreline’s award-winning 75-minute Architecture River Tour to discover Chicago’s renowned landmarks as presented by our expert and entertaining guides. You’ll learn how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 to become the birthplace of the skyscraper and a major influence on the school of modern American architecture. Shoreline’s Architecture River Tour features commentary on more than 40 of the city’s most famous buildings as well as close-up views and excellent photo opportunities. Tours depart day and evening from both the southwest corner of Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier and the northeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at the Apple store. For more information, visit http://shorelinesightseeing.com/tours-taxis/architecture-tour/

Shoreline Classic Lake Tours

Experience the city’s famed skyline as seen from majestic Lake Michigan on this relaxing 40-minute tour.

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Shoreline’s 40-minute Classic Lake Tour offers a relaxing way to experience the panoramic of the city’s famed skyline as seen from majestic Lake Michigan. The tour covers the entire lakefront with vistas of the city’s landmark buildings and noted attractions including the Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium and Buckingham Fountain. A recorded narration covers the highpoints of Chicago’s dramatic history and architecture. Shoreline’s Classic Lake Tours depart from Navy Pier. For more information, click here.

Tall Ship Windy Evening Skyline Sail

Leave the hustle and bustle behind! Explore Chicago’s shores with a leisurely trip around Lake Michigan. Take in the world-famous skyline, enjoy spectacular views, and discover the Windy City from the water. This is approximately a 75 Minute sail.

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Leave the hustle and bustle behind! Explore Chicago’s shores with a leisurely trip around Lake Michigan. Take in the world-famous skyline, enjoy spectacular views, and discover the Windy City from the water.

This is approximately a 75 Minute sail.

Tall Ship Windy Lakeside Architecture Sail

Leave the hustle and bustle behind, and enjoy a leisurely Skyline Sail aboard Chicago’s Official Tall Ship. Our crew today will be EXPLORING Chicago’s architectural majesty while Windy sails across our beautiful lakefront skyline. To learn about the people, plans, and persistence that shaped Chicago’s most famous sights, join us on the main deck. From […]

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Leave the hustle and bustle behind, and enjoy a leisurely Skyline Sail aboard Chicago’s Official Tall Ship.

Our crew today will be EXPLORING Chicago’s architectural majesty while Windy sails across our beautiful lakefront skyline. To learn about the people, plans, and persistence that shaped Chicago’s most famous sights, join us on the main deck. From our historical maritime roots to modern science and technology, you will be delighted with interesting facts, unique stories, and a healthy dose of whimsy.

Shoreline Lake Fireworks Tours

Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Shoreline’s popular Lake Fireworks Tours offer spectacular views of the Navy Pier fireworks plus a panoramic lake tour.

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For truly spectacular views of the Navy Pier Fireworks, take a Shoreline Sightseeing Lake Fireworks Tour. You’ll see why this tour is a favorite with Chicagoans and visitors alike. Begin with a dramatic lake tour covering the entire panorama of Chicago’s famous skyline shining against the nighttime sky. Then enjoy excellent views of the fireworks as seen from the lake!

These 60-minute Fireworks Tours depart from the west end of Navy Pier Dock Street on Wednesday evenings at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday evenings at 9:30 p.m. Fares: Adults: $23-$32 children 3 -12, $14 Infants 2 and under; Free.  Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. Shoreline’s Navy Pier dock for this cruise is wheelchair accessible For complete information or to buy tickets, visit https://shorelinesightseeing.com/tours-taxis/fireworks-tours/ or call 312-222-9328.

*Our Navy Pier dock is wheelchair accessible. Boarding begins 15 minutes before departure. A cash bar is available on board. For updated scheduling information for the Chicago Architecture Fireworks Tour please check today’s schedule or call 312-222-9328.

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Shoreline Architecture Fireworks Tours

Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. One of the best ways to enjoy the Navy Pier’s fireworks is on a Shoreline Architecture Fireworks Tours.

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Experience the Navy Pier fireworks in a whole new way with a Shoreline Architecture Fireworks Tour. Begin with a guided nighttime cruise down all three branches of the historic Chicago River for amazing views of Chicago’s iconic skyscrapers. The evening ends with an up-close view of Navy Piers’ spectacular fireworks from the mouth of the Chicago River. Shoreline’s 90-minute combination Architecture/Fireworks Cruises depart from our docks at Polk Bros Park in the Chicago River, near the southwest entrance of Navy Pier.

Departure times are Wednesday evenings at 8:15pm and Saturday evenings at 9:00pm. Adults $38 to $45, Children $19 to $25, Infants two and under; Free. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. Shoreline’s Navy Pier dock for this cruise is wheelchair accessible.  A cash bar is available on board. For updated scheduling information for the Shoreline Architecture Fireworks Tour visit. https://shorelinesightseeing.com/tours-taxis/fireworks-tours/ or call 312-222-9328

*Our Navy Pier dock is wheelchair accessible. Boarding begins 15 minutes before departure. A cash bar is available on board. For updated scheduling information for the Chicago Architecture Fireworks Tour please check today’s schedule or call 312-222-9328.

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Seadog Lakefront Speedboat Tours

Seadog’s 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat combines an exciting speedboat ride along the shoreline with informative and amusing descriptions of Chicago’s landmarks.

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Our Lakefront Speedboat Tour is the best way to view Chicago from the lake, combining an exciting speedboat ride along the shoreline with informative and amusing descriptions of the world famous Chicago skyline!

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The Lakefront Speedboat Tour Experience

As you depart Navy Pier, we’ll tell you interesting facts about the Pier and Chicago’s lakefront. Then we’ll crank up the music and race south to Museum Campus where we’ll pause to hear about Chicago’s interesting lakefront landmarks, architecture and history. We’ll then speed north past Navy Pier to cruise the Magnificent Mile, giving you unique views of the Sears Tower, Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park along the way. After a few quick facts, we’ll dash back to our dog house on Navy Pier.

Unlike the our Extreme Thrill Rides, you most likely won’t get wet (though we can’t make any guarantees in an open speedboat). Lakefront Tours are BYOB so bring along a cocktail and enjoy a cool cruise along Chicago’s iconic waterfront.

Tall Ship Windy Skyline Sail with Tales of Real Pirates

Take in the world-famous skyline of the Windy City from the water, and enjoy a leisurely trip on Lake Michigan. We will also offer on our main deck TRUE STORIES OF PIRACY on the Great Lakes! From epic battles to trickery and treasure, experience the incredible tales of real pirate adventure that happened right here […]

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Take in the world-famous skyline of the Windy City from the water, and enjoy a leisurely trip on Lake Michigan.

We will also offer on our main deck TRUE STORIES OF PIRACY on the Great Lakes! From epic battles to trickery and treasure, experience the incredible tales of real pirate adventure that happened right here on these magnificent inland seas.

Tall Ship Windy Twilight Pub Sail

Twilight Pub Sail: With such a beautiful city, Chicago’s busy hub offers many adventures and Tall Ship Windy is never shy when it comes to finding fun ways to showcase it. Sail along the Chicago coastline as the light grows softer, and the skyline begins to light up with twilight color, and the amber glow […]

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Twilight Pub Sail: With such a beautiful city, Chicago’s busy hub offers many adventures and Tall Ship Windy is never shy when it comes to finding fun ways to showcase it. Sail along the Chicago coastline as the light grows softer, and the skyline begins to light up with twilight color, and the amber glow of the city begins to shimmer! Enjoy a beverage with friends and family, as you end a long day with this relaxing sail!

This sail is approximately 75 minutes in length.

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