Chicago Skyline Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

Chicago Skyline Lake Tour: 40-Minute Sightseeing Cruise

From $27.25 per person

See the sights of Chicago from Lake Michigan on this 40-minute Classic Lake Tour. Admire the stunning views of the Chicago skyline and see many of the city’s iconic landmarks. Learn about Chicago’s history and its architecture during the cruise.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 40 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
Optional audio guide

What customers loved


  • Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline from this Lake Michigan cruise
  • See Chicago’s historic lakefront sights and attractions
  • Listen to pre-recorded commentary about the city’s history and architecture
  • Skip the ticket office and proceed directly to the boarding line by pre-purchasing your ticket online
Full description
Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the city for the first time, taking in the spectacular views of Chicago's skyline from the lake makes for a perfect outing. This 40-minute Lake Tour takes you on a sightseeing cruise that highlights Chicago's most significant landmarks from beautiful Lake Michigan. You’ll see the city as never before, while listening to informative commentary on Chicago's dramatic history and architectural gems. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights as you admire the striking buildings that make up the Chicago skyline that has appeared in so many movies and TV shows.
  • 40-minute sightseeing cruise
  • Boarding photo
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Join the boarding line for the Skyline Lake Cruise boat on the south side of Navy Pier, about 300 feet from the start of the pier.

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    What to bring

    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Food and drinks
    • Electric wheelchairs

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    • Please note, a $10 per ticket change fee will be charged by the local partner for any date or time changes made on the original date of the tour
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 342 reviews

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    The boat was very nice, ran on time, nice and friendly crew. There was plenty of comfortable seating both in the sun or the shade. We had done a river tour before, so wanted to focus on the lake this visit. Wish the tour element was not "recorded" but a live person sharing information about the Chicago skyline, Navy Pier, Lake Michigan -- for more personal interaction and personality...

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    September 1, 2019

    Beautiful views!

    This tour showed beautiful sides of the city! We went for the evening tour so we caught golden hour and sunset for wonderful pictures and views. The one annoying thing was the speaker describing what we were seeing was relatively hard to understand and I would have liked to hear him clearly. They also loaded us a little late and therefore left a little late too but that worked out just fine.

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    July 9, 2019

    One of the most picturesque views of Chicago shoreline

    We took the last cruise at twilight and view of the shoreline as the lights come on in buildings presents Chicago in all its glory - should not be missed. The boats are easy to get on and comfortable even for seniors and the ride is very pleasurable. It may get a little chilly after sundown depending on weather conditions. Check-in with printed tickets was a breeze with no wait. Weekends are busy and it was a good idea to have tickets in advance.

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    August 21, 2017

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