Shoreline Sightseeing

Special Events

Jazzin’ at the Shedd and Classic Lake Fireworks Tour

Run dates

July 15, 22 & 29 and August 5

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Jazz, cocktails, the lake and 32,000 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 July and August. These evenings will include great live music, the opportunity to tour Shedd’s amazing exhibits, and a starlit Lake Michigan cruise complete with an impressive fireworks viewing over Lake Michigan. The tours will be available on the following dates: July 15, 22 & 29 and August 5. 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 p.m. and drop off back at the Shedd. The last ticket sale will be at 8:30 p.m. (Must be 21) Click here to learn more.

Summer Brew Cruises with Revolution Brewing

Run dates

June 19, July 17 and August 14

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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

$39 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, great food, live music and remarkable views. 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.

Ribs on the River Cruise

Run dates

June 26, July 24 and August 28

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A Friday evening cruise sampling delicious BBQ from Chicago’s own Butch McGuire’s while taking in the Chicago skyline

Departure

Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park

Length

90 min.

Tickets

$39 per person (Must be 21)

The Ribs on the River cruise, Shoreline Sightseeing’s newest special event, will feature a delectable BBQ tasting (small plate-style) from Chicago’s own Butch McGuire’s, dramatic nighttime views of the city’s world-class skyline and live music entertainment. There are three opportunities to enjoy this special event: June 26, July 27 and August 28. The Ribs on the River cruise departs 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. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are $39 per person. (Must be 21.)

July 4th Fireworks Cruises

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Capture the magic of Chicago's Independence Day fireworks on one of Shoreline's four special July 4th cruises!

Read more to see what your cruise options include.

Wine Tasting Cruises with Lynfred Winery

Run dates

July 16, August 21, September 10

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A relaxing evening along Chicago’s scenic waterways, sampling 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. Three wine tasting dates are available: July 16 and September 10 7:30-9 p.m. and August 21 8-9:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest with Paulina Meat Market

Run dates

September 25

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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.)

2nd Annual Hard Cider Tasting Cruise

Run dates

September 11

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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

$39 per person (Must be 21)

Shoreline Sightseeing taps into autumn with our 2nd Annual Hard Cider Tasting Cruise. Among the experts will be returning guests, Uncle John’s Cider and Artisanal Imports, who will each share a few of their favorite seasonal hard ciders. 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! 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 9:00 p.m. Boarding will begin at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $39 per person.
(Must be 21)

St. Patrick’s Day Cruise

Run dates

March 14

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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.