Shoreline Sightseeing

Special Events

St. Patrick’s Day Cruise

Run dates

March 14

Featured

Shoreline’s ninth annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruises include traditional Irish buffet, cash bar and guided 90-minute tour of all three branches of the green-for-the-day Chicago River.

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$49 per person

Shoreline Sightseeing’s St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruises include traditional Irish buffet, cash bar and 90-minute guided tour of all three branches of the river. Two departure times are available; one before and one after the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Early cruise departs 10:00 a.m., returning 11:30 a.m. and later cruise departs at 2:00 p.m., returning 3:30 p.m. Both 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 on St. Patrick’s Day, so reserve a spot now! Tickets are $49 for all ages.

Oktoberfest with Paulina Meat Market

Run dates

2015 dates TBD

Featured

An evening Oktoberfest celebration cruise featuring German fare from Chicago’s famed Paulina Market and live German music and dancing.

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

120 min.

Tickets

$49 per person (Must be 21)

The evening will feature a traditional German dinner prepared and served by the staff of Paulina Market paired with some wonderful Oktoberfest brews sponsored by Leinenkugel & Revolution Brewing. Passengers will also enjoy classic Oktoberfest atmosphere including the Shoreline Fraulein bartenders with a souvenir Oktoberfest stein and the Euro-Express band providing live music and dancing. Festivities will take place on a starlit, two-hour cruise on Chicago’s waterways. A cash bar will be available. The Oktoberfest Beer, Brats and Boats cruise departs from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 7 p.m., returning at 9 p.m. Boarding will begin at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $49 per person. (Must be 21.)

Inaugural Cider Cruise

Run dates

2015 dates TBD

Featured

A relaxing autumn cruise sampling hard cider along with a tutorial session accompanied by light appetizer pairings.

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$39 per person (Must be 21)

Shoreline Sightseeing is tapping into the autumn season with a Hard Cider Tasting Cruise. For this inaugural event, we will be joined by representatives from Vander Mill Ciders, The Northman / Uncle John’s Cider and Artisanal Imports who will each provide a few of their favorite ciders for the season. These skilled craftsmen will also be providing a brief tutorial about the flavors and distinct characteristics of each cider to enhance your cider repertoire. Additionally, the cider tasting will be accompanied by custom-paired appetizers designed to bring out the distinctive flavor of each cider variety. This 90-minute tour will take place as you enjoy the world class Chicago skyline while cruising Lake Michigan aboard the climate controlled charter vessel Celebration. A cash bar will also be available.

The Cider Cruise will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 7:30 p.m., returning at 9 p.m. Boarding will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $39 per person. (Must be 21.)

Summer Brew Cruises with Lagunitas Brewing Company

Run dates

2015 dates TBD

Featured

A Friday evening cruise enjoying tasty appetizers while the team from Lagunitas Brewing Company shares samples of their quality microbrews

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$39 per person (Must be 21)

We are thrilled to be teaming up with one of Chicago’s newest additions to the brewing world, Lagunitas Brewing Company! Enjoy this one-of-a-kind beer experience complete with beer tastings, great food, fun music and remarkable views. Here are the Lagunitas beers for August: Little Sumpin’ Extra and DogTown! Brew Cruises will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8 p.m., returning at 9:30 p.m. Boarding will begin at 7:45 p.m. Cash bar also available.

Wine Tasting Cruises with Lynfred Winery

Run dates

2015 dates TBD

Featured

A Thursday evening Lake Michigan cruise sampling tastings of Chicago’s own Lynfred Winery with 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 cruising Lake Michigan aboard Shoreline’s sophisticated, climate-controlled Celebration. Guests will also enjoy a full pour of their favorite wine from the tasting. Shoreline’s Wine Tasting Cruises will depart from Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier at 7:30 p.m., returning at 9 p.m. A cash bar will also be available.