Shoreline Sightseeing has roots deep in Chicago history. Now in our third generation, we have grown as the city has grown.
Uncle Jim Martin changes the name of “Shoreline Marine Company” and launches “Shoreline Sightseeing.” Its twenty-five cent tours left from the Shedd Aquarium out onto Lake Michigan.
Uncle Jim sells his speedboats and buys the company’s first large touring vessel: the Blue Dog.
Uncle Jim’s brother George Martin joins the business and runs Shoreline Sightseeing for the next 25 years.
To meet growing demand, Shoreline commissions the Marlyn, the first tour boat to display the well-known red, white and blue of its fleet.
George’s nephew, Charles Collopy, takes over the business.
Shoreline adds a fleet of water taxis to help guests visit Chicago’s most famous landmarks.
Shoreline’s popular Architecture Tour debuts, leaving from Navy Pier.
Charles’ sons, Chip and Matt, become owners of Shoreline Sightseeing.
Shoreline now has Chicago’s largest fleet, with 11 major touring vessels and eight water taxis.
Shoreline adds the Michigan Avenue dock to support even more Architecture Tours.
Shoreline has the city’s largest fleet with 11 major touring vessels and eight water taxis. For almost 80 years, Shoreline has shown the beauty and majesty of Chicago to generations of families – from countries around the world. Our plan is to keep growing as Chicago grows and show off the best of this city with pride.