- Tours depart from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue.
- Water Taxis stop at Union Station/Willis (Sears) Tower, N. Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and Shedd Aquarium/Museum Campus.
- Commuter Water Taxis stop at Union Station/Willis (Sears) Tower, Michigan Avenue, and Erie Park.
Departures: Departure times vary, but most tours begin around 10 am and go through sunset. Water taxis run from about 10 am to 5 or 6 pm most days. Themed cruises and Fireworks cruises are available.
Admission: Lake tours are $8-$9/child, $17-$18/adult. Architecture tours are $18-$21/child, $32-$35/adult. Water taxis are $3-$5/child, $5-$8.
Parking: Parking is available at Navy Pier for $21 Mondays through Thursdays and $25 Friday through Sunday.
Bathrooms: There are bathrooms available on the larger boats. Most commuter boats do not have bathrooms.
Nursing: There is no designated nursing area. There is plenty of seating.
Handicapped/stroller accessibility: Water taxis are not accessible. I would not bring a stroller.
Food: There is a bar available on the tour boats that offers alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks.
Special events: Shoreline Sightseeing offers Firework Cruises, Sunset Cruises, Brew Cruises, Wine Tasting Cruises, and special event cruises throughout the summer. See the Special Events page for current events. Skyline also offers group tours and charters.
We paid: We received complimentary tickets for the Architecture Tour and complimentary refreshments. Our tickets would have been approximately $100 for 2 adults, 2 children, and an infant (free); our drinks would have been $7.
We took an architecture tour on a Saturday morning. Even though we’ve done a bit of everything in Chicago, an architecture boat tour was something we missed until now.
Our tour guide introduced himself and started off with some jokes; he was pretty entertaining. I was concerned that the boys might be too young to really appreciate the architecture part of the tour (which they were), but they were excited to be on a boat and had lots to look at so they didn’t get bored. I am not exactly an architecture buff, but I was surprised to find that it was actually fascinating. I’m not going to give away any of the interesting stories or tidbits here (you have to take the tour for that!), but it was really interesting and the view was great; I enjoyed it a lot. We lucked out and had really beautiful weather for our tour. I would suggest that you be sure to have sunscreen (maybe even a hat).
The bar and bathrooms were located on the lower level of the boat. There were chairs there, but everyone sat on the upper level of the boat for the better view.
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Disclosure: My family received complimentary tickets and refreshments. All opinions are my own.