Shoreline Sightseeing

Special Events

Special Events

Shoreline Sightseeing gives you dozens of ways to celebrate spring and summer in Chicago.

From our daily Architecture and Classic Lake Tours, to Wine Tasting cruises, holiday Fireworks Cruises, and monthly Brew Cruises—there’s something for everyone!



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

Run dates

Every 2017 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

$14-$18 per adult, $6-$8 per child, children 2 and under are free

For Chicago football season home games at Soldier Field, 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 ($14-$18 per adult, $6-$8 per child, children 2 and under are free). The roundtrip water taxi ride includes a choice of beverage (Miller, Miller Lite, 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 2017 season are: August 10th, August 31st, September 10th, September 24th, October 9th and October 22nd. 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 $15 in the Navy Pier parking garage during all home game days with validation.

Craft Beer Cruise with Revolution Brewing!

Run dates

May 25, 2017

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A celebration of the 8th 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 8th 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.

July 4th 90-minute Architecture Fireworks Cruises

Run dates

July 4, 2017

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Shoreline will welcome Independence Day with special Fireworks Cruises to take in the Navy Pier holiday fireworks on Tuesday, 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 and then return to our docking area to enjoy fantastic views of the July 4th Navy Pier Fireworks. Multiple tour times available beginning at 8:15 p.m. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time from Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier. Boats will remain on the water for the duration of the fireworks. 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, 2017

Featured

Shoreline will welcome Independence Day with special Fireworks Cruises to take in the Navy Pier holiday fireworks on Tuesday, 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! Cruises will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Navy Pier’s Dock Street beginning at 8:35 p.m. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. Boats will remain on the water for the duration of the fireworks. 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, 2017

Featured

Shoreline will welcome Independence Day with special Fireworks Cruises to take in the Navy Pier holiday fireworks on Tuesday, 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 followed by fantastic views of the July 4th Navy Pier Fireworks. Multiple tour times available beginning at 8:15 p.m. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time from the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge. Boats will remain on the water for the duration of the fireworks. Tickets are $69 per person. A cash bar will be available on board.

Illinois Made Cruise

Run dates

August 4, 2017

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Experience an authentic “Taste Of Illinois” cruise featuring food and beverage from Illinois Made artisans. Featured artisans include Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Tangled Roots Brewing, Café Tola, Black Dog Gelato and more!

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

Tickets $49 per person (Must be 21)

Experience an authentic “Taste Of Illinois” cruise featuring food and beverage from Illinois Made artisans. Featured artisans include Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Tangled Roots Brewing, Café Tola, Black Dog Gelato and more! 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.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Cruise

Run dates

August 21, 2017

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View the 2017 solar eclipse with Shoreline Sightseeing aboard one of our 75-minute lakefront cruises. (Special viewing glasses from the Adler Planetarium will be provided to all passengers.)

Departure

Navy Pier West Dock

Length

75 min.

Tickets

$25 per adult, $15 per child 3-12, children 2 and under are free

Join us for the best spot in town to view the solar eclipse…on the water! Enjoy a relaxing 75-minute lakefront cruise while witnessing this truly natural wonder with virtually no obstructions. The fullest blockage by the moon is expected to be at approximately 1:19pm so you will be center stage onboard for the height of this incredible experience. Special viewing glasses provided by the Adler Planetarium will be provided to all passengers. Cruises will depart from Shoreline’s dock at Navy Pier’s Dock Street at 12:40p.m. and 12:45 p.m. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. Tickets are $25 per adult, $15 per child ages 3-12, free for children 2 and under. A cash bar will be available.

Summer Brew Cruises with Revolution Brewing

Run dates

June 16, July 14 and August 18, 2017

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A Friday evening cruise enjoying tasty bites while the team from Revolution Brewing shares some of their quality craft brews. The August 18th lineup will feature Fist City, Bottom Up Wit, and Citra Hero.

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. Revolution Brewing selections for the August 18th cruise includes Fist City, Bottom Up Wit, and Citra Hero. 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. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. A cash bar will be available.

Comedy Cruise with Zanies Comedy Club

Run dates

July 21 and August 25, 2017

Featured

A Friday evening cruise enjoying three of Zanies’ funniest comedy acts while taking in stunning views of the Chicago skyline. The August 25th cruise will be hosted by Kelsie Huff, enjoy a feature performance by Jim Flannigan before headliner Pat McGann takes the reins.

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 three of Zanies’ funniest comedy acts perform on this 90-minute Friday evening Comedy Cruise. July 21st will be hosted by Jeff Arcuri, a feature performance by Bill Miller, and headliner Mike Toomey of WGN TV. August 25th will be hosted by Kelsie Huff, a feature performance by Jim Flannigan, and headliner Pat McGann. Ticket price includes performances 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 21 – August 30, 2017

Featured

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 this summer. 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 21 to August 30. 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. 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.

Wine Tasting Cruises with Lynfred Winery

Run dates

July 13, August 11 and September 14, 2017

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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. August 11th wine lineup includes Vin De City Red, Vin De City White, and Sangria Rouge.

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. A variety of red and white wines will be available for tasting. 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.

Oktoberfest Beer, Brats and Boats Celebration

Run dates

September 21, 2017

Featured

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

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 along the Chicago River. 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.

Hard Cider Tasting Cruise

Run dates

September 8, 2017

Featured

A relaxing autumn cruise to sample seasonal hard ciders paired with light appetizers while enjoying a short tutorial by our guest cider experts. Featured Cider providers include Fresh Coast Distributors, The Northman, Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Right Bee Cider and Prima Cider!

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. Featured Cider providers include Fresh Coast Distributors, The Northman, Uncle John’s Cider Mill, Right Bee Cider and Prima Cider! 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.