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Chicago Skyline Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

Chicago Skyline Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

From US$ 26.16 per person

See the sights of Chicago from Lake Michigan on this 40-minute Classic Lake Tour. Admire the stunning views of the Chicago skyline and see many of the city’s iconic landmarks. Learn about Chicago’s history and its architecture during the cruise.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 40 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included

What customers loved


  • Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline from this Lake Michigan cruise
  • See Chicago’s historic lakefront sights and attractions
  • Listen to pre-recorded commentary about the city’s history and architecture
  • Skip the ticket office and proceed directly to the boarding line by pre-purchasing your ticket online
Full description
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. This 40-minute Lake Tour takes you on a sightseeing cruise that highlights Chicago's most significant landmarks from beautiful Lake Michigan. You’ll see the city as never before, while listening to informative commentary on Chicago's dramatic history and architectural gems. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights as you admire the striking buildings that make up the Chicago skyline that has appeared in so many movies and TV shows.
  • 40-minute sightseeing cruise
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Food and drinks
    • Electric wheelchairs

    Know before you go

    • 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 387 reviews

    Review summary

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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

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