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Chicago Skyline Cruise, Chicago, Illinois

Prepare yourself for a voyage of discovery and delight as you explore Chicago’s vibrant history, famous architecture and breathtaking skyline during a sightseeing cruise on Lake Michigan, part of our Chicago bus tour. One of the five Great Lakes and the only Great Lake located entirely in North America; Lake Michigan provides both Chicagoans and visitors with breathtaking views and endless recreational opportunities.   

See the City Skyline from Lake Michigan

See the City Skyline from Lake Michigan

The Shoreline Sightseeing Cruise

The Shoreline Sightseeing Cruise

Amazing Views of the Chicago Skyline

Amazing Views of the Chicago Skyline

See the City Skyline from Lake Michigan See the City Skyline from Lake Michigan
The Shoreline Sightseeing Cruise The Shoreline Sightseeing Cruise
Amazing Views of the Chicago Skyline Amazing Views of the Chicago Skyline

Your Skyline Cruise Experience

Climb aboard one of Chicago’s largest touring fleets at the Navy Pier docks and set sail for the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan. During your cruise enjoy the panorama of Chicago’s spectacular skyline and famous landmarks as a knowledgeable and entertaining guide provides you with fascinating back-stories about Chicago and Lake Michigan.

The Cruise Ship

Embark on your Chicago Skyline Cruise in a double-decker cruise ship. Facilities found onboard include a fully licensed bar, refreshments and restrooms.

Chicago’s Downtown City Skyline

Covering the entire downtown city skyline from north to south, your six-mile Chicago boat tour features dramatic views of the Chicago skyline from the Hancock Building to Field Museum of Natural History.

Hancock Building

Sailing north across Lake Michigan you will pass by the Hancock Center. The John Hancock Center, at 1,127 ft. is Chicago’s 4th largest skyscraper. Home to offices, restaurants and 700 condominiums, it is popular among visitors and the ideal location for those who are looking for panoramic views of Chicago and the surrounding area.

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

Heading east on your Chicago boat cruise, you will pass by the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, an automated active lighthouse standing at the northern breakwater which protects the Chicago Harbor. As you cruise past, it is the perfect opportunity to capture Chicago’s maritime charm which the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse greatly exudes.   

The Willis Tower

As your cruise ship journeys to the north catch a glimpse of the Willis Tower, its sheer size leaving you in awe. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the 108-story, 1451 ft. building is one of the tallest in America and the 7th tallest freestanding building in the world.

Museum Campus

Before heading back to Navy Pier you will journey past Museum Campus, a 57-acre museum park home to three of the city’s most notable museums, all of which are dedicated to the natural sciences: Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Field Museum of Natural History. Shedd Aquarium allows locals and visitors to explore the wondrous underwater world; the Field Museum of Natural History is a museum and educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationship in nature and among cultures; and Adler Planetarium, America’s first planetarium, offers a unique look at the Solar System. 

Travel Tip

It is important to note that while most of the tour boats are double-deckers with a partially covered overhead, a single-decker tour boat with no overhead covering is also in operation, so ensure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear.