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Staycation Ideas: Take a Cruise on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is calling your name! Sure, you’ve see the beautiful Chicago skyline. You’ve see it at night, you’ve seen it during the day, and you’ve probably even seen it lit up by fireworks, but you haven’t truly seen the Chicago skyline until you’ve taken it in from the middle of our renowned waters. Luckily, Navy Pier has dining and sightseeing cruise options for everyone!


It’s so easy to book a dining cruise at the Pier. Lunch and dinner cruises are offered aboard Mystic Blue, Odyssey, and Spirit of Chicago. Each boat boasts its own personality, a delicious dining menu, and special features unique to that vessel. Whether you’re looking for a quiet, romantic evening or a girls’ night out with dancing, you’ll definitely be able to find just the experience you’re looking for with these choices. Did we mention that all this comes with the best views of the city you’ve seen? Just imagine the candlelight, the red wine, and the city’s skyline dancing in the water. Pick your dates and book your cruise today or hop on board next time you’re at the Pier!

If your lunch and dinner plans are already made but you’d still love a fun afternoon activity, try a ride on a Shoreline Sightseeing Cruise! This quick trip down the Chicago River is not only a fun way to spend an afternoon on the water, but also a great way to learn about Chicago. Shoreline Sightseeing offers a variety of cruises that focus on Chicago’s historic architecture – there’s a reason it’s known to be one of the most photogenic cities! Join Shoreline as they highlight history and fun facts about the Willis Tower, the Wrigley Building, and many more iconic Chicago structures. You’ll never take a walk through downtown the same way again.

Shoreline even has a special cruise set for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Enjoy the festivities from the river with traditional Irish dishes and a fully stocked bar. Tickets are on sale now; there are only a few days left, so get yours quick!

And if you’re looking for a thrill, it’s not too far away. Starting in April, speedboat Seadog and Tall Ship Windy will be returning to the dock! If you don’t mind getting wet, the Seadog is the ride to try! It’s a high-speed thrill ride for anyone looking for a little fun. Tall Ship Windy takes you on fun themed excursions, like their Real Pirates of the Inland Seas. It’s never too early to book: tickets are on sale now.

You can get more information about all of these cruises right on our website.

Have you been on one of these cruises before? Which one is your favorite?


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