Shoreline Sight Seeing
Welcome to Shoreline Sightseeing
More Boats, More Tours, More Chicago!
Sailing Chicago’s waterways since 1939, Shoreline Sightseeing has been one the best ways to explore and discover Chicago! Family owned for three generations, shoreline sightseeing today operates Chicago’s largest and most diverse boat touring fleet with nine major touring vessels and 11 water taxis.
Come discover Chicago’s vibrant history, famous architecture and breathtaking skyline on a variety of cruise and tour options available. Shoreline offers classic Skyline Tours on Lake Michigan, guided Architecture Cruises on the Chicago River, dramatic Fireworks Cruises, guided River Ride/City Walk Architecture Tours and special events.
Shoreline Water Taxis make fast, fun connections between Chicago’s major touring destinations including Navy Pier, the Michigan Avenue Bridge, Willis Tower/Union Station and Chicago’s Museum Campus. You can also call on Shoreline Charters for memorable events from casual get-together, to corporate meetings, to special celebrations for family, friends and groups. We invite you to explore Chicago with us and we look forward to welcoming you on a Shoreline Sightseeing cruise or tour!
School Group Field Trips
Shoreline Sightseeing’s fun, convenient and informative School field trips have been specially designed to give school groups a memorable experience! From 45-minute Lake Tours to one-hour Architecture Cruises, your students will come away with a new appreciation of a city that literally rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire!
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Waterfront Adventure for School Groups
Exciting Lake Michigan boat tour with a professional narration on Chicago’s dramatic history, including the construction of the Shedd Aquarium and the reversal of the Chicago River
School Groups: 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday in April, May and the first half of June
Length: 40 min.
Tour times: School Groups: 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday in April, May and the first half of Junes.
Architecture Exploration Cruises For School Groups
SCHOOL GROUP ARCHITECTURE TOURS
Over 40 famed Chicago structures, including works by Helmut Jahn and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and their history from the Great Fire of 1871 to today
Groups will be accommodated during our public tour times. School group rates are available Monday-Friday only.
Length: 75 min.
Tour times: Groups will be accommodated during our public tour times. School group rates are available Monday-Friday only. *Professionally prepared advance educational materials for teachers are included.
Architecture Exploration Cruises operate in the spring at 10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 12:15 p.m. Vessel Capacity is 100 for 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. departures and 200 for 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Group Architecture River Tours
Group Chicago Architecture River Tours depart from Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier or our docks along the northeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Daytime school group rates are available at a reduced rate.
Featured: More than 40 iconic Chicago buildings along the Chicago River
Departure: Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park and Michigan Avenue Bridge
Run Dates: March – November
Length: 75 min.
Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time.
About School Group Tours:
- Reservations are not guaranteed without a deposit and a signed contract.
- A confirmation will be sent via fax or email.
- Advance booking required (two business-days) and popular times sell out fast!
- Payments may be made by cash, check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).
- Final Payment and minimum guest count is due two weeks before the tour.
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Proms and Project Graduation
Looking for a unique way to host your School’s next Graduation, project prom or a fundraiser With a Shoreline Charter, the vessel you select is yours alone for the duration of your 2-3 hour event. Your guests will experience the perfect setting as they cruise beautiful Lake Michigan or float along the historic Chicago River. Whether you are hosting a casual brunch for 20 guests or an upscale after prom celebration for up to 200 guests, Shoreline has the perfect vessel for your gathering.
We have offered private charters for generations of Chicagoan’s as well as thousands of regional, national and international visitors. We offer charters on touring vessels that have been custom built or custom modified to offer you the highest standards of comfort and safety. Our goal is to provide a memorable experience for our passengers touring Chicago’s dramatic waterways.
A perfect setting for:
- Senior Graduations
- Proms and Project Graduation
- Teacher Meetings and get togethers
- And More!
General Charters email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shoreline Sightseeing Docking Map and Boarding Locations
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School Trip Planning Information
Please let us know how we may help you create an outstanding field trip for your students. Contact our Group Sales Department at 312-373-7258 or email email@example.com.