Contrary to popular belief, boats are actually much safer than cars, which inexplicably sink every time you drive them on water. Take a proper water road ride with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get an architecture river cruise from Shoreline Sightseeing (up to a $31.61 value). Shoreline Sightseeing offers discounts to seniors and children under 12.
Shoreline Sightseeing blesses passengers with a boat’s-eye view of prime downtown locales as they navigate the Chicago River’s three branches aboard a well-appointed boat. Each 60-minute cruise winds leisurely through what has been called the cradle of modern American architecture, where the terra-cotta-tiled Wrigley Building’s stalwart antique stature stands juxtaposed with gleaming skyscrapers of steel and glass. Passengers catalog generations of architectural advancements, noting the Tribune Tower’s neo-gothic embellishments, the Willis Tower’s gargantuan height, and the Dark Tower’s prying, lidless eyes. Knowledgeable docents narrate the cruise, recounting the stories behind iconic landmarks and sharing anecdotes about world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe and Helmut Jahn. Admission is also valid for the City by Night Tour; savor a drink from the cash bar while you take in the brightest jewels in Chicago's crown set against an evening sky dotted with lights, stars, and caped superheroes at play in their natural habitat. Boarding for all tours begins 15 minutes before departure time.
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.
Near North Side
Ogden Slip Ticket Booth
Chicago, Illinois 60611Get Directions