Shoreline Cruises

There’s no better way to tour Chicago’s most magnificent skyscrapers and spectacular structures than aboard one of the Windy City’s top river boats. Established in 1939, Shoreline Cruises offers boat tours which highlight the city’s world famous skyline; Architecture Cruises on the Chicago River where cruisers can tour the city’s numerous architectural gems and learn their great history; and water taxis for cruisers wishing to navigate through the chilly Lake Michigan waters between the many popular museums and this city has to offer.

One of Shorelines most popular tours is the Skyline Boat Tour. Shoreline Cruises’ Skyline Boat Tour is a half hour cruise aboard a comfy bi-level cruise boat featuring a full bar and snacks. From mid-April to mid-October Shoreline skyline tours travel around the lakefront while giving passengers a history of Chicago and it’s landmarks along the way. There’s no better way to enjoy panoramic views of the city than on a Shoreline Cruises sightseeing tour.

Shoreline Cruises also offers one-hour river cruises along the Chicago River which includes narrated tours of buildings by world-famous architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Helmut Jahn. Professional tour guides provide a full-history Chicago’s famous structures and skyscrapers. Docked at Chicago’s Navy Pier, Shoreline Cruises tours roughly “40 landmarks of modern American Architecture.�

During the summer months, Navy Pier is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the City of Chicago and Shoreline Cruises is the first onboard to up its game. Weekly fireworks, concerts and special events abound on Chicago’s Lakefront during the summer and Shoreline Cruises has an offering for every holiday and event. Shoreline Cruises offers 90-minute combo cruises (combines river and lake cruises), Fireworks Cruises, Independence Day Cruises, Taste of Chicago Cruises, St. Patrick’s Day Cruises and special cruises for Venetian Night, Halloween and Octoberfest.

If you’re in town and it happens to be a Thursday night, check in with Shoreline Cruises to see if you can get tickets to one of several fun-filled Happy Hour Cruises where guests can enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and music for listening or dancing.

Shoreline Cruises are also available for charter tours, private events and custom charters. Shoreline Cruises features five beautiful and comfy vessels with room for anywhere from 50 up to a whopping 227 guests or more for charters. During chillier times of the year, Shoreline Cruises’ cozy Celebration features a fully climate-controlled main deck with room for 72-100 guests. Other Shoreline Cruise vessels include: the Bright Star, Evening Star, Star of Chicago and the Cap Streeter.

For more information about Shoreline Cruises visit or call 312-222-9328

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