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$18 for a 60-Minute Daytime or Nighttime Architecture Tour by Boat from Shoreline Sightseeing (Up to $32 Value)

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60-minute tours explore the history of more than 40 Chicago landmarks while cruising down the three branches of the Chicago River

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 1, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Subject to weather conditions. Subject to availability. No advance reservations accepted. Valid on Architecture River Tour or Night Architecture. Not valid on fireworks or specialty tours. Not valid on 5/25, 5/26, 5/27, 7/2 – 7/7, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/7 - 8/11, 8/17 - 8/18, 8/31 - 9/2. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$18 for an Architecture Tour by Boat (Up to $32 Value)

Choose a sunny sky or starlit night for your setting as you travel down the three branches of the Chicago River. During 60-minute architecture tours, knowledgeable guides explain the history behind more than 40 landmark buildings, including the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, and the Willis Tower. Both tours depart from Gateway Park at Navy Pier or from the docks along the Chicago River on the northeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Boats are equipped with bathrooms and a cash bar and allow leashed dogs onboard.

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.

The Gist

What some people are buzzing about:


  • “it was really nice :)”

  • “a way to enjoy the city, not having to worry about traffic.. :) ”

  • “We absolutely loved it, one of my favorite things in Chicago and now my hubby is a fan as well, we just wish it lasted longer ;)”

  1. A

    Near North Side

    401 North Michigan Avenue

    Chicago River at the NE corner of Historic Michigan Ave. (Dusable) Bridge.

    Chicago, IL 60611


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  2. B


    600 E Grand Ave, Navy Pier

    Gateway Park at Navy Pier (southwest corner

    Chicago, IL 60611


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