Chicago Line Cruises

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In a Nutshell

Docent-narrated tours cover the history of Chicago’s architectural innovations and how they influenced the present-day skyline

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 27, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must schedule reservation on http://www.groupon.com within 30 days of purchase. Offer valid only at scheduled reservation time. No refunds if you do not show up for your reservation. Cancellations permitted up to 60 minutes prior to your reservation. Chicago Line Cruises recommends passengers arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

What You Get

  • $50 for a 90-minute architectural cruise for two ($84 value)
  • Reservations are available for cruises that run throughout each week of September, October, and November. A reservation through Groupon is required. Click on the above “Check Availability” button for a calendar of available dates and times.

The fully narrated cruise travels the Main Branch as well as the North and South Branches of the Chicago River. Chicago Line Cruises recommends passengers arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

How It Works

Reservations may only be made at times available on Groupon. You may select “Check Availability” to book at purchase, or book later by following these steps:

  • Purchase deal.
  • Visit “My Groupons” or tap the mobile app to make a reservation.
  • Select day and time online to secure reservation.
  • Show up for your reservation and mention your name and the word “Groupon” to the host—they’ll be waiting to welcome you.

Chicago Line Cruises

Sometimes all it takes is a suggestion. Terry Johnson and Paul McCarthy founded their vessel-chartering business in 1980. But when a good friend recommended they offer expertly narrated tours on the history and the iconic architecture of Chicago, the pair jumped at the opportunity. Praised as the “Best architecture tour available” by the Chicago Sun-Times and “Most engaging tour of the bunch” by Time Out Chicago, their river cruises take passengers on three types of educational, 90-minute tours of the city. Chicago Line Cruises has transported more than three million Chicagoans and visitors along the river for entertainment, stunning views, and a deeper appreciation for architectural design.

Architectural Cruises

  • Learn how Chicago became the birthplace of the first buildings to be dubbed "skyscrapers."
  • Hear how the Great Chicago Fire paved the way for an architectural renaissance.
  • See a broad selection of modern architectural styles and discover the distinctive characteristics of each.
  • Experience Chicago's first architectural river cruise.

Historical Cruises

  • Hear the overarching story of how Chicago transformed from a swampy marshland to a world-class city.
  • Learn about the Chicagoans whose innovations helped influence architecture and commerce around the world.
  • Savor a cup of Starbucks coffee while a guide recounts Chicago's triumphant and tragic moments.
  • Historical tours are presented in partnership with the Chicago History Museum.

Chartered Cruises

  • Private outings are available for 20–173 passengers.
  • Full-service bars and professional sound systems are available for special events.
  • Celebrate while savoring views of the Chicago skyline from a different perspective.
  • Choose from three vessels: the Ft. Dearborn, the Innisfree, and the Marquette.

Customer Reviews

It was a great tour, very informative and entertaining. Definitely a must do tour of Chicago
Noe C. · December 14, 2016
We were so lucky to go on a perfect sunny fall afternoon. The cruise was very informative and we enjoyed everything about it.
Lisa E. · December 8, 2016
Nice and informative tour. The guide seemed very knowledgeable. It's a great way to see the beautiful Chicago scenery. Bundle up for November tours!
Jessica R. · December 1, 2016
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