1. United States
  2. Illinois
  3. Chicago
  4. Navy Pier

Chicago Classic Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

Product ID: 46393
See the sights of Chicago from Lake Michigan on this 40-minute Classic Lake Tour. Admire the stunning views of the Chicago skyline and see many of the city’s iconic landmarks. Learn about Chicago’s history and its architecture during the cruise.
About this activity
Duration: 40 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
Audio guide/headphones
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline from this Lake Michigan cruise
  • See Chicago’s historic lakefront sights and attractions
  • Listen to pre-recorded commentary about the city’s history and architecture
Full description
Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the city for the first time, taking in the spectacular views of Chicago's skyline from the lake makes for a perfect outing.

This 40-minute Classic Lake Tour takes you on a sightseeing cruise that highlights Chicago's most significant landmarks from beautiful Lake Michigan. You’ll see the city as never before, while listening to informative commentary on Chicago's dramatic history and architectural gems.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights as you admire the striking buildings that make up the Chicago skyline that has appeared in so many movies and TV shows.
  • 40-minute sightseeing cruise
What’s Not Included
  • Boarding photo

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The Shoreline Sightseeing Ticket Booth is located on the south side of Navy Pier, about 300 feet from the start of the pier. Please look out for Shoreline Sightseeing greeters in bright orange.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Food and drinks
Know before you go
Please dress for an outdoor activity. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure. Don't forget your camera.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 250 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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The boat was very nice, ran on time, nice and friendly crew. There was plenty of comfortable seating both in the sun or the shade. We had done a river tour before, so wanted to focus on the lake this visit. Wish the tour element was not "recorded" but a live person sharing information about the Chicago skyline, Navy Pier, Lake Michigan -- for more personal interaction and personality...

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September 1, 2019

Beautiful views!

This tour showed beautiful sides of the city! We went for the evening tour so we caught golden hour and sunset for wonderful pictures and views. The one annoying thing was the speaker describing what we were seeing was relatively hard to understand and I would have liked to hear him clearly. They also loaded us a little late and therefore left a little late too but that worked out just fine.

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July 9, 2019

One of the most picturesque views of Chicago shoreline

We took the last cruise at twilight and view of the shoreline as the lights come on in buildings presents Chicago in all its glory - should not be missed. The boats are easy to get on and comfortable even for seniors and the ride is very pleasurable. It may get a little chilly after sundown depending on weather conditions. Check-in with printed tickets was a breeze with no wait. Weekends are busy and it was a good idea to have tickets in advance.

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August 21, 2017

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Shoreline Sightseeing

Product ID: 46393