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Shoreline Sightseeing

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Ed P. · 1 reviews
· 8 hours ago
This tour is as per advertised! Highly recommend this as a great experience. Shows Chicago at its best.


Vanessa R. · 1 reviews
· 14 hours ago
Our guide was knowledgeable and funny! We all had a great time! Bring a jacket for evening times


Nicole H. · 5 reviews TOP REVIEWER
· 3 days ago
Love this tour. It is a must for anyone visiting Chicago!

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This deal sold out, but we've got a new Shoreline Sightseeing Deal here - go get it!

Chicago's architectural boat tour is one our best tourist offerings. Unfortunately, many locals live here for years without taking the tour and learning about Chicago's innovative, important, and gorgeous buildings. Correct that mistake with today's Groupon - Shoreline Sightseeing is offering their stunning Architecture Boat Tour for just $14 - half off the normal price of $28. Depart from the Navy Pier Ogden Slip location and spend an hour navigating Chicago's waterways, admiring and learning about your beautiful city.

This one-hour tour will take you from Chicago's rebirth after the Great Fire of 1871 to its triumphant rise as the home of the skyscraper and the cradle of modern American architecture. It's a perfect spring excursion for a date or for entertaining out-of-town guests. Leashed pets are allowed, as are (presumably) leashed people. Shoreline's expert tour guides will recount the dramatic story of your city in the shadow of architectural giants like Mies van der Rohe, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and Helmut Jahn. You will travel down the sunny main branch of Chicago River, up the windy north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past the Sears Tower to the old Post Office Building. Do you know why they reversed the flow? That was on Opposite Day of 1943. Would you like to know a little bit about more than 40 of your favorite buildings on a cruise? You will, unless your favorite building is the architectural eye sore of Soldier Field (the tour guides actually deny its existence).

Enthusiasts give Shoreline an average of 4.5 stars on Yelp:

  • "This tour was really fantastic. It's a really fun way to get to see the city and learn some Chicago history. Our guide, Kip, was super knowledgeable and really funny. There's roof top seating which is key to being able to look up at all the buildings. There's also a full bar on the lower deck." - Katy S.
  • "We love it on summer nights - warm with a light breeze, the sun casts a beautiful light on the buildings, and you'll truly feel like you're on vacation in another world. Perfect for the end of a long day in the city." - Amanda G.
  • "If you haven't been, SHAME ON YOU! This is a must if you are a local Chicago resident or an out-of-towner..." - Katie B.

Shoreline has been toeing the line since 1939, the year that tourists flocked to the city to see the system of zip cords Al Capone built between skyscrapers to quicken his villains' escapes. It's a family owned and operated business offering the largest touring fleet in all of Chicago. Alcohol, drinks and snacks are available on most tours, and all of their Architecture Cruise boats have easy boarding ramps and are accessible to people with disabilities. You will have six whole months to get out and set sail - but you're land locked until you get your Groupon.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 30, 2009. Amount paid never expires. Check the website for times. Valid for Architecture Boat Tour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Shoreline Sightseeing

Shoreline Sightseeing has been whisking passengers along Lake Michigan since 1939. Traveling down the reverse-engineered Chicago River, Shoreline’s architecture tours explore the history of the city’s landmark buildings—from the Great Fire of 1871 to the work of famed architects Mies van der Rohe and Jeanne Gang. Colorful bursts illuminate the sky during fireworks cruises, and nighttime tours allow for glimpses of lit-up buildings. Classic lake tours drift into Lake Michigan, giving passengers a chance to espy the whole city, and water taxis connect visitors from one destination to the next, speeding between Navy Pier, the Museum Campus, Michigan Ave., and the Willis Tower.

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