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    Family-friendly
      $37.57
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      Only on the Explorer Pass

      This attraction is available on the Explorer Pass, but not the All-Inclusive Pass.

    What you'll do

    Shoreline's Skyline Lake Tour is one of the best experiences in Chicago. Hop on a boat at Navy Pier and explore Chicago from a totally new vantage point.

    Take the Skyline Lake Tour with Go City®

    • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
    • The only pass in Chicago to include the Skyline Lake Tour!
    • Enjoy a relaxed 40-minute lake tour with the option to hop on and off. 
    • Professional pre-recorded narration.
    • Stops at the Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, and Navy Pier.

    You’ll enjoy panoramic skyline views and picture-perfect backdrops on this 40-minute Skyline Lake Tour. Keep an ear out for the guided narration if you want insights into the views and local knowledge of the area.

    Your tour will take you out onto Lake Michigan, heading both north and south on the lake, spotting many of Chicago’s famous landmarks and the classic skyline vista as you go. See the Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and more. Through the guided commentary, you'll learn fantastic facts about the buildings you pass, what lies beneath Lake Michigan, and the historical significance of Navy Pier.

    Don't forget your camera as you'll enjoy some of the best views of the city from this unique vantage point.

    Skyline Lake Tour highlights

    • Navy Pier
    • 875 N. Michigan
    • Shedd Aquarium
    • Adler Planetarium
    • Field Museum of Natural History
    • Streeter Ville
    • Grant Park
    • Buckingham Fountain

    Skyline Lake Tour facts

    • The very first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885 and, at 10 stories high, towered over the surrounding buildings. Nowadays though, the city is home to the second-largest Skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Willis Building really does tower over its neighbors at 110 stories.
    • Chicago is home to an astounding 56 museums, including the famous Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art.
    • This is one for the comic book lovers - Batman’s very own Gotham City was based on Chicago.


    Go City is a better way to sightsee. Your pass includes Skyline Lake Tour tickets, plus admission to dozens of top Chicago attractions for one money-saving price.

    Experience Skyline Lake Tour and many other attractions with the Explorer Pass.

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    Know before you go

    Pass redemption is limited to one daytime cruise per day, either Skyline Lake Tour OR the Shoreline Architectural River Cruise.

    Getting in

    You can redeem your ticket at Navy Pier. Upon arrival at the ticket booth just show your Chicago pass and you'll be given a spot on the next available cruise. 

    Passholders do not need to reserve in advance, just visit the Navy Pier Shoreline ticket booth to receive your timed departure ticket. Please note that your timed departure ticket cannot be modified once issued.

    Navy Pier location: 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

    Please note

    • All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity.
    • For onboard safety information, please visit Shoreline's website.

    For more information please see the Skyline Lake Tour website.

    Where you'll be

    Map of location of attraction

    Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, US

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    Operating hours

    We recommend visiting the Skyline Tour and Lake Hopper Cruise website for the most up-to-date information on hours of operation.

    Closings & holidays

    In the case of good weather in the colder months, the cruise will still run. Please visit the Skyline Tour and Lake Hopper Cruise website for departure times.

    Skyline Lake Tour

    (312) 222-9328

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    Free cancellation

    Plans can change, we get it. All non-activated passes are eligible for a refund within 90 days from your purchase date.

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