Shoreline Sightseeing

Special Events

Harry Caray’s Park, Tailgate and Cruise to Soldier Field

Run dates

Every 2016 football season game at Soldier Field until October 31st

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Park, Tailgate and Cruise via Shoreline Water Taxi from Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier to Soldier Field games.

Length

15 min.

Tickets

$15 per adult, $7 per child, children 2 and under are free

On Chicago football season home games, begin tailgating festivities in the morning at Harry’s with a selection of brunch items, alongside all-day drink specials. Following Harry’s, enjoy a picturesque 15-minute cruise to Museum Campus. The Shoreline Water Taxi will board directly in front of Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier and will be discounted for Harry’s guests ($15/adult, $7/children 12 and under, children 2 and under ride free). The roundtrip water taxi ride includes a choice of beverage (Budweiser, Bud Light, Pepsi product or bottled water). Following the game, ride the water taxi back to Harry’s for a post-game tailgate. Shoreline Water Taxi dates for the 2016 season are: August 11th, August 27th, September 19th, October 2nd and October 31st. Water taxi service is weather permitting and any cancellations will be listed at harrycarays.com. Customers of Harry Caray’s Navy Pier will receive a discounted parking rate of $14 in the Navy Pier parking garage during all home game days with validation.

10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise

Run dates

March 12, 2016

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Shoreline’s 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruises include traditional Irish buffet, cash bar and guided 75-minute tour of all three branches of the green-for-the-day Chicago River.

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

75 min.

Tickets

$59 per person (Must be 21)

Shoreline Sightseeing’s 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruises include traditional Irish buffet, cash bar and 75-minute guided tour of all three branches of the river. Three departure times are available; one before, one during and one after the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The early cruise departs at 10:00 a.m., returning at 11:15 a.m. and later cruises depart at 12:00 noon returning at 1:15pm and again at 2:00 p.m., returning at 3:15 p.m. All cruises depart from Shoreline’s dock at the southwest corner of Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. Boarding begins 15 minutes before the departure time. These cruises are on open-air boats, so please dress for the weather. A Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise is one of the most popular things to do in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day, so reserve a spot now! Tickets are $59 per person. (Must be 21)

Craft Beer Cruise with Revolution Brewing!

Run dates

May 27, 2016

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A celebration of the 7th annual Chicago Craft Beer Week complete with craft beer samples from Revolution Brewing, appetizers, & live DJ entertainment

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$49 per person (Must be 21)

Come celebrate the 7th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week as Shoreline Sightseeing kicks off its Brew Cruise season featuring the fine craft beers of Revolution Brewing. The evening will include beer samplings of Revolution’s carefully created craft beers, food, special live DJ entertainment and a 90-minute Chicago River cruise complete with spectacular views Cruise will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8:00 pm, returning at 9:30 pm. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. A cash bar will be available.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Races Viewing Cruise

Run dates

June 10 – 12, 2016

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Shoreline Sightseeing is excited to help welcome Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series to Navy Pier! Join the excitement on board our race viewing boats.

Departure

Navy Pier West Dock

Length

120 min.

Tickets

$89 / $129 per person

Shoreline Sightseeing is excited to help welcome Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series to Navy Pier. For the first time in its 165-year history these hydrofoil races are being held on fresh water. Join the excitement on board our race viewing boats. Lake Michigan has never been more exciting!  Boats will depart from Shoreline’s Navy Pier West dock; a race village ticket is not required to board. Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure. A cash bar and light snacks will be available for purchase.

Departure Dates and Times:

  • June 10 (practice races): 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ($89 per person)
  • June 11 & 12: 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm ($129 per person)

July 4th 90-minute Architecture Fireworks Cruises

Run dates

July 4, 2016

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Shoreline will welcome Independence Day with special Fireworks Cruises to take in the Navy Pier holiday fireworks on Monday, July 4.

Departure

Michigan Avenue Bridge

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$69 per person

The evening will feature a dramatic, guided Architecture Tour on the Chicago River. Then return to our docking area to enjoy fantastic views of the July 4th Navy Pier Fireworks. Tours depart at 8:30 p.m. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time from two locations: Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier or from the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge. Tickets are $69 per person. A cash bar will be available on board.

Please note: We highly recommend all guests allow extra time to reach Navy Pier and arrive as early as possible. Historically, Navy Pier parking reaches capacity and pedestrian access is limited to those who can provide either printed email confirmation or tickets in order to receive a wrist band that allows entrance to Navy Pier. Please allow ample time to reach Navy Pier. Tickets are non-refundable.

July 4th 60-minute Lake Fireworks Cruises

Run dates

July 4, 2016

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Shoreline will welcome Independence Day with special Fireworks Cruises to take in the Navy Pier holiday fireworks on Monday, July 4.

Departure

Navy Pier West Dock

Length

60 min.

Tickets

$69 per person

The evening will feature a sixty-minute panoramic Lake Michigan tour that covers the entire length of Chicago’s magnificent skyline. Cruise concludes with front-row viewing of the July 4th Navy Pier Fireworks! The cruise will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Navy Pier’s Dock Street at 8:30 p.m. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. Tickets are $69 per person. A cash bar will be available.

Please note: We highly recommend all guests allow extra time to reach Navy Pier and arrive as early as possible. Historically, Navy Pier parking reaches capacity and pedestrian access is limited to those who can provide either printed email confirmation or tickets in order to receive a wrist band that allows entrance to Navy Pier. Please allow ample time to reach Navy Pier. Tickets are non-refundable.

July 4th 90-minute Architecture Fireworks Cruises

Run dates

July 4, 2016

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Shoreline will welcome Independence Day with special Fireworks Cruises to take in the Navy Pier holiday fireworks on Monday, July 4.

Departure

Navy Pier's Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$69 per person

The evening will feature a dramatic, guided Architecture Tour on the Chicago River. Then return to our docking area to enjoy fantastic views of the July 4th Navy Pier Fireworks. Tours depart at 8:30 p.m. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time from two locations: Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier or from the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge. Tickets are $69 per person. A cash bar will be available on board.

Please note: We highly recommend all guests allow extra time to reach Navy Pier and arrive as early as possible. Historically, Navy Pier parking reaches capacity and pedestrian access is limited to those who can provide either printed email confirmation or tickets in order to receive a wrist band that allows entrance to Navy Pier. Please allow ample time to reach Navy Pier. Tickets are non-refundable.

Summer Brew Cruises with Revolution Brewing

Run dates

June 17, July 15 and August 5, 2016

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A Friday evening cruise enjoying tasty appetizers while the team from Revolution Brewing shares samples of their quality craft brews.

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$49 per person (Must be 21)

We are thrilled to be teaming up with Chicago’s hometown brewery, Revolution Brewing! Enjoy this one-of-a-kind beer experience complete with seasonal craft beer tastings, creative appetizer pairings, live music and remarkable views along a 90-minute Chicago River Cruise. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on specific Revolution Brewing selections for each cruise. Brew Cruises will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8:00 pm, returning at 9:30 pm on. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. A cash bar will be available.

Wine Tasting Cruises with Lynfred Winery

Run dates

July 21, August 19, September 16, 2016

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A relaxing evening along Chicago’s scenic waterways with sample tastings of Chicago’s own Lynfred Winery accompanied by light refreshments.

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$49 per person (Must be 21)

Meet the talented Lynfred Winery staff and sample acclaimed wines from Illinois’ oldest and largest family-owned winery. This cruise features a short wine course, generous tastings of a selection of Lynfred wines and light refreshments, all while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Chicago Shoreline at night. All cruises will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. A cash bar will be available.

Departure Date and Times:

  • July 21 and September 16: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • August 19:
    8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Comedy Cruise with Zanies Comedy Club

Run dates

July 22 and August 26, 2016

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A Friday evening cruise enjoying two of Zanies’ funniest comedy acts while taking in stunning views of the Chicago skyline.

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$49 per person (Must be 21)

Take in the laughs—and impressive nighttime views of Chicago—as two of Zanies’ funniest comedy acts perform on this 90-minute Friday evening Comedy Cruise. Headliners include Ralphie Roberts on July 22 and Pat McGann on August 26. Check our Facebook page for the full lineup. Ticket price includes both performances (the opener and the headliner) and one drink ticket. These cruises will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8:00 pm, returning at 9:30 pm. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. A cash bar will be available.

Jazzin’ at the Shedd and Classic Lake Fireworks Tour

Run dates

June 22 – August 31, 2016

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Jazz, cocktails, the lake and 32,000 aquatic animals at Jazzin’ at the Shedd, plus a starlit Shoreline Classic Lake Tour complete with stunning fireworks viewing.

Departure

Museum Campus

Length

45 min.

Tickets

$35 per person (Must be 21)

Shoreline is excited to partner with Shedd Aquarium to offer a Jazzin’ at the Shedd and Classic Lake Fireworks Tour Package on select Wednesdays in August and September. These evenings will include great live music, the opportunity to tour the Shedd’s amazing exhibits, and a starlit lake cruise complete with an impressive fireworks viewing over Lake Michigan. The tours will be available on the following dates: June 22 to September 14. Tickets are $35 per person and include admission to Jazzin’ at the Shedd. These 45-min. cruises depart from the Museum Campus dock at 9 pm and drop off at the Shedd. Please note there are no fireworks on September 7 and 14. The last ticket sale will be at 8:30 pm (Must be 21) Click here to learn more.

Tickets are nonrefundable and are only valid for the purchased date. If you need to reschedule after purchasing, please contact Shedd Aquarium at 312-939-2438.

Hard Cider Tasting Cruise

Run dates

September 9, 2016

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A relaxing autumn cruise to sample seasonal hard ciders paired with light appetizers while enjoying a short tutorial by our guest cider experts.

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$49 per person (Must be 21)

Shoreline Sightseeing taps into autumn with our Hard Cider Tasting Cruise. The evening will include a brief tutorial on the characteristics of each cider sampling, as well as custom-paired appetizers designed to bring out the distinct flavor of the individual cider brews. Enjoy spectacular views of Chicago’s world-famous skyline on this special 90-minute cruise! The Cider Cruise will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 7:30 pm, returning at 9:00 pm. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. A cash bar will be available.

Oktoberfest Beer, Brats and Boats Celebration

Run dates

October 7, 2016

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An Oktoberfest celebration cruise featuring traditional German fare from Chicago’s famed Paulina Market, tasty Bavarian brews and live German music and dancing.

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

120 min.

Tickets

$59 per person (Must be 21)

The evening will feature a traditional German dinner prepared and served by the staff of Paulina Market paired with wonderful Oktoberfest brews. Passengers will also enjoy classic Oktoberfest atmosphere, a souvenir stein along with live music and dancing from the Paloma Band. Festivities will take place on a starlit, two-hour cruise on Chicago’s waterways. The Oktoberfest Beer, Brats and Boats cruise will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 7:00 pm, returning at 9:00 pm. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. A cash bar will be available.