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Chicago Line Cruises, Chicago

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Boat Tour · Tour
"Without question the best architectural tour available in Chicago: witty, informative, engaging." - Chicago Sun-Times

Located at the City's historic North Pier docks, Chicago Line Cruises offers Architectural and Historic tours down the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. On our 90-minute tours, our knowledgeable docents provide guests with a unique glimpse into Chicago's Architectural History. Complimentary muffins, cookies, Starbucks coffee and lemonade available on all of our cruises.

Whether you are visiting Chicago for the first time or have lived in the city for years, we welcome you to join us for an experience that you will not soon forget!

For directions to Chicago Line Cruises and to view our current schedule, please visit us at or call us at (312) 527.2002.
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  • This roughly 90-minute tour aboard a Chicago Line’s boat provides a great introduction to the architecture and history of Chicago…home of the first skyscraper. Our guide was knowledgeable, at times...  more »
  • The late afternoon cruise I was on was excellent. The staff and the lady doing the talking were superb. The talk was interesting, yet not overly involved and hit the highlights of the building...  more »
  • It was a crisp cool spring day. The sun was shining, and the boat was full. I hadn't taken it in years, but we had friends from out of town, and they said they loved Chicago architecture. We all loved it, there was so many new buildings, and some old favorites. The root guide was very knowledgeable, and funny. The boat has free cookies, coffee and hot chocolate. They also have a bar, but you know that's not free. The boat also has restrooms. The tour last 1.5 hours and is worth the price.
  • Ed did an amazing job hosting our architecture cruise. He was funny and informative. I've never looked at buildings much, but taking the time to really just admire the design and craftsmanship that goes in to structures all around us was really nice. They offer complimentary drinks and cookies. I would use Chicago line cruises any day!

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