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Summer Specialty Cruises at Navy Pier

There’s no better way to spend a summer day in Chicago than on the water! Luckily, Navy Pier has a variety of cruises for all boat-lovers in the area. Peruse your cruisin’ options, grab your crew, and get on deck!


If you like soakin’ up the sun while on a boat, we have plenty of day cruises aboard Spirit of Chicago for you to choose from. On select Wednesdays, Chicago History Museum Lunch Cruises offer passengers two hours of Chicago architecture, historical landmarks, and a delicious buffet. The cruise is led by knowledgeable Chicago History Museum tour guides who will give you accurate and interesting information about all the sights seen. On select Tuesdays this summer, music enthusiasts can hop aboard one of our Chicago Senior Cabaret Lunch Cruises. In addition to a lunch buffet and learning about the dazzling Chicago skyline, the baby boomer set can enjoy a wide range of musical entertainment, with everything from jazz music to show tunes. The Gospel Lunch Cruises are a great way to spend an inspirational afternoon with your family on select Saturdays! This lakefront cruise features live gospel music from Tecora Rogers and the Chicago Spirituals. Feast on the lunch buffet while enjoying live entertainment and the bright company of other passengers.

If you’re looking for a cruise with a little less sun and a little more booze, we have unparalleled night cruises sure to fit the bill. Seadog’s Wine Flight River Cruises are 75-minute trips on the Chicago River, complete with four wine tasting stops along the way. In between wine tastings you’ll learn about Chicago history and architecture, and during tastings you’ll learn about wine and all things “fine” in Chicago. If your palate is more accustomed to beer, spend some time on Seadog’s Beer Flight River Cruises. The four beer tasting points will offer you a wide sampling of beers including The Flying Buttress, Seadog’s private label. There are also evening cruises on Lake Michigan, which include both appetizers and drinks. The Shoreline Sightseeing Brew Cruise offers 90 minutes of beer samples, and the Shoreline Sightseeing Wine Tasting Cruise offers an evening of wines from Lynfred Winery.

If you’re really confident about your sea legs, try one of the Full Moon Dinner Cruises available through Spirit, Odyssey, or Mystic Blue Cruises. Wander the outside decks, view the Chicago skyline lit up by the moon, and enjoy some dancing. Each cruise also includes dining, drinks, and music. These cruises are perfect for date night or a fun evening out on Lake Michigan.

You can make your reservations for any of the cruises online. Be sure to enjoy the beautiful weather while you can, and take advantage of Chicago’s waterfront views. Our boats are in ship shape and ready to take you on a relaxing, fun, and memorable cruise.


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