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Your Awesome guide to Chicago

The #1 tour for TripAdvisor travelers is back on the water!

With the city’s largest fleet – 11 touring vessels and 6 water taxis – and dozens of architectural guides, Shoreline Sightseeing is one of Chicago’s most popular tours. Purchase your tickets today for your own awesome adventure: from scenic trips along the river to skyline tours on Lake Michigan.

Shoreline Sightseeing: More boats, more tours, more guides – to suit your schedule!

Our Tours

  • 75 min
    Our knowledgeable guides give you historical highlights of the city’s landmark buildings on all three branches of the Chicago River. Each Architecture Tour ticket includes a free one-way water taxi ticket.
  • 40 min
    Leaving from Navy Pier, this narrated tour gives you an amazing view of Chicago’s majestic skyline from Lake Michigan.
    Whether you choose an architectural tour down the river or a skyline tour from the lake – on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from June through September, you can add the spectacle of a Navy Pier fireworks display!

Which experience is right for me?

Utilize our interactive map below to explore our tour routes to determine what sights you want to see.
[Choose Blue for our Architecture River Tours. And Red for our Skyline Lake Tour routes.]
You can also compare tours and see departure times by downloading our tours brochure.

Guide Spotlight

Meet Rachael S.

Rachael has been a Shoreline guide since 2015, and she uses her background in improv comedy for a fun and spontaneous tour. She is still in awe of Chicago's skyscrapers and loves how much there is to do in the city year-round.

Meet the team
Rachael S.