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Check Out Chicago From The Water Aboard Shoreline Sightseeing!

Shoreline Sightseeing

Sailing Chicago’s waterways since 1939, Shoreline has been family owned for three generations and today operates Chicago’s largest and most diverse boat touring fleet with nine major touring vessels and 11 water taxis.

We delight in showcasing Chicago’s vibrant history, famous architecture and breathtaking skyline on a variety of cruise and tour products. Shoreline offers classic Skyline Tours on Lake Michigan, guided Architecture Cruises on the Chicago River, dramatic Fireworks Cruises, guided River Ride/City Walk Architecture Tours and special events such as our popular Brew Cruises and Wine Tasting Cruises. Shoreline Water Taxis make fast, fun connections between Chicago’s major touring destinations including Navy Pier, the Michigan Avenue Bridge, Willis Tower/Union Station and Chicago’s Museum Campus. You can also call on Shoreline Charters for memorable events from casual get-togethers, to corporate meetings, to special celebrations for family and friends. We invite you to explore our website and we look forward to welcoming you on a Shoreline Sightseeing cruise or tour! Visit shorelinesightseeing.com for more information.

Harry Caray’s Restaurant

Located near the main entrance to Navy Pier, Harry Caray’s Tavern waterfront location, family friendly menu, and Chicago’s premier sports museum combine to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience for guests of all ages. The extensive menu includes flavorful sandwiches and wraps, pastas, fresh salads, and homemade pizzas. The Chicago Sports Museum, featuring beautifully crafted display cabinets, highlights a rotating collection of museum-quality sports memorabilia, including an extensive collection of artifacts, photographs, and vintage newspapers celebrating Chicago sports legends, past and present. Harry’s extensive patio offers the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan and the excitement of Navy Pier. Click here for more information.


LA’s most popular restaurant’s newest location is in the heart of Long Beach’s new waterfront development, The Pike at Rainbow Harbor. It’s located between the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, and the world-class Aquarium of the Pacific. Gladstone’s Long Beach is right on the waterfront, with magnificent views of The Queen Mary and the rest of the harbor. It’s just minutes away from CityPlace and the Camden Harbour View Apartments, as well as the upscale Hyatt, Westin and Renaissance hotels.

Gladstone’s Long Beach seats 425 guests in its 9,000 square feet of dining space. The restaurant is divided into several intimate areas and offers an expansive bar and outside patio. Its large menu offers the kind of food that has made Gladstone’s the number one restaurant in Southern California, featuring large portions of fresh seafood, grilled steaks and chops, healthy salads, and eye-opening desserts.

Maya Kind of Hotel: Hotel Maya


If you are headed to Long Beach or are interested in taking a tour of the Queen Mary, make sure you snag a room at Hotel Maya, a boutique hotel located in Long Beach along the water. This newly renovated hotel has all the basic hotel amenities such as dining options and pool but with an added element of luxury and sophistication.

With 199 guest rooms to choose from, Hotel Maya has accommodations for everyone, from those looking for rooms with a basic gardenview or those looking to unwind in the hotel maya picGrande Vista Jr. Suite. In-room amenities can include anything from pillow-top mattresses, flat screen TVs and private balcony.

The ever popular Fuego restaurant, featured on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, is the perfect dining experience that combines Latin flavors with authentic Mexican cuisine. Other popular amenities at Hotel Maya are the outdoor heated pool, indoor fitness center and limousine transportation available upon request.

Once you stay at Hotel Maya, you may never want to utter another name.

Tamo Terrace: New waterfront location at Seaport Hotel

Named after Japanese ash wood, Tamo offers a beautifully designed patio with comfortable seating for a relaxed experience overlooking the pier. Located at the Seaport Hotel, the newly opened Tamo Terrace has quickly become a top place for waterfront dining. Don’t miss award winning Chef Rachel Klein’s bento box served with spicy calamari and peppers, beef skewers, spring rolls and pork dumpings. The chickpea fries made with chickpea flour and served with tamarind and yogurt were an interesting offering. The tender steak frites with parmesan fries should not be missed and be sure to end the visit with the trio of desserts – crème brulee, chocolate mousse and strawberry cheesecake.

Visit tamobar.com for more information.


Amazing Views and Seafood at Barking Crab

If you’re visiting Boston, a must-see, albeit touristy, attraction is The Barking Crab located directly on the water in Fort Point Channel. Not your average clam shack, this casual seafood year-round hotspot boasts a funky nautical themed interior with wood burning stove. Fresh seafood is the focal point with items like Blue Point oysters Picture 12on the half shell, lobster and crab dip, steamers, shrimp cocktails and Old Bay crawfish.

In the warmer months, the restaurant opens the back deck complete with picnic tables, but closes the area in the winter. The interior section offers private tables and a small bar, but the restaurant is anything but formal. Don a lobster bib and your server will present you with a plastic bucket to deposit the shells from the gargantuan legendary and signature Neptune platter, which comes complete with a two-pound lobster and a four-pound mixed crab bowl, corn on the cob and coleslaw. The lobster ravioli here just may be the best in the city. The Boston cream pie is the perfect ending here.

Kids love to come here for the fun atmosphere and parents love the $7 kids menu, which even includes desserts for tots under eight. Check out the website at barkingcrab.com.

The Interactive Institute of Contemporary Art

Formerly The Boston Museum of Modern Art, The Institute of Contemporary Art has made a prominent name for itself in the city since its inception in 1936. Located on Boston’s waterfront, even its beautiful building is a work of art. Among the artists whose work was introduced to U.S. Picture 16audiences by the ICA are Cubist Georges Braque, Expressionists Oskar Kokoschka and Edvard Munch (The Scream), as well as Andy Warhol.

Here, you will find access to contemporary art as well as artists and the creative process, encouraging audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in new art. The museum hosts numerous courses, talks and films for families, teens and educators each month so be sure to check the calendar of events to find out what is currently going on. For young adults, don’t miss the teen filmmaking program Fast Forward where participants become the producers of their own documentaries.

Insider’s Tip: Every Thursday night, the museum offers complimentary admission from 5 to 9 pm for Target Free Thursday Nights.

Recharge Your Battery at Fairmont Battery Wharf

With a vibrant harbor front and just steps to the North End, Boston’s Battery Wharf area has been completely revitalized, which is no wonder why the Fairmont chose to open its second location here. With a more intimate hotel- just 150 guestrooms to its 383-room Copley Plaza sister property- you certainly can’t compete with the waterfront views.

Picture 28Each room at the Fairmont Battery Wharf is spacious and includes all modern amenities such as iPod docking stations, flat screen televisions and IP telephones. Last year, the hotel opened Fairmont Gold here for those seeking more personalized service. A Fairmont Gold room features access to its own lounge, which offers complimentary continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres as well as an honor bar for cocktails.

Whether you come for a romantic getaway or weekend escape, the only thing you’ll be left wondering is whether the hotel or location is better.

Castagnola’s is San Francisco’s Waterfront Hotspot

This is undoubtedly Fisherman’s Wharf’s waterfront hotspot. Balmy breezes rolling right off the San Francisco Bay add to the sheer bliss of the seafood inspired menu at Castagnola’s Restaurant. Favorites include fresh specialties like the Cedar Plank King Salmon and Whole Main Lobster, but there’s also steaks, lamb, and veal for the meat lovers.

If you like a little sizzle to your meal, Castagnola’s offers entertainment like nightly live comedy and jazz during happy hour. There’s good food, great entertainment, and sophisticated cocktails-all with a beautiful view- at Castagnola’s.