Classic Lake Tour

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Chicago boasts not only a rich architectural heritage but also four of the country's six tallest six buildings. It all adds up to America's most spectacular skyline. An unforgettable panorama awaits, so be sure to bring your camera on this Lake Michigan cruise!

Gate Price

Adult: $19.61
Child: $7.29

Classic Lake Tour brings you the splendor of Chicago’s panorama, and so much more, in a memorable thirty to forty-five minute maritime excursion on the waters of Lake Michigan. You’ll see the Windy City’s world-famous landmarks, including the Lighthouse and Willis (Sears) Tower, and you will be guided by a professionally-recorded narration that takes you through the ins and outs of Chicago’s history, highlighting the tour’s major landmarks.

Classic Lake Tours, which depart from Chicago’s action-packed Navy Pier— a massive complex that has been voted Chicago’s #1 attraction— offer you the perfect chance to get out on the water and see it all from the comfort and safety of the company’s reputable vessels. What will you see on your cruise?

  • The Hancock Building: this skyscraper boasts the world’s fastest elevator, and has an amazing 360-degree observation dec.
  • Chicago Lighthouse: once a beacon for locals and pirates alike.
  • Willis (Sears) Tower: at 110 meters high, this famous tower is the tallest in the Western hemisphere and the fifth largest in the world.
  • Museum Campus: home of the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium.

All of the sights you see on this cruise are likely to be prominent stops on your Chicago itinerary, pre- or post-cruise, so look at this tour as a great chance to get your bearings and as you preview the great city of Chicago.

This city is the world’s hub of architecture, and a Classic Lake Tour gives you a variety of cruise options designed to suit your skyline- sightseeing preference, including an early departure that would suit anyone interested in capturing Chicago at sunrise, as well as late-night excursions that provide the romance of the city with all its lights aglow and twinkling on the horizon!

You can also opt for a seasonal (summer and early autumn) forty-five minute Sunset Cruise aboard one of these red, white, and blue vessels. Whatever your preference, Shoreline Sightseeing has something for you!

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  • Seasonal attraction

Phone: 312-222-9328


Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611


June–August: Departs daily every half hour 10:30 am–7:30 pm
May and September: Departs daily every hour 11:30 am–5:30 pm
October 1 - October 19: Departs weekends every hour 11:30 am–5:30 pm (weather permitting).


All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity. Evening cruises are not included with the Go Select.


October 20 - April


Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Driving Directions

Illinois Street east towards Lake Michigan to Navy Pier. Take the Navy Pier Exit off of Lake Shore Drive.

Present your Go Select Pass at the Shoreline Sightseeing ticket booth or the Navy Pier Ogden Slip ticket booth.

All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity.

Save even more with these pre-built discount packages that include Classic Lake Tour bundled with other great Chicago attractions.

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