We’ve been talking it up on Facebook for the past month or so, but if you haven’t heard yet, Tall Ships® Chicago 2013 presented by Pepsi® will be making its triumphant return to Navy Pier this August 7-11! Yes, once again Chicago will play host to the magnificent TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®, a commemoration of U.S. and Canadian military events during the War of 1812.
Beginning on July 4 in Cleveland, OH, the Tall Ships Challenge is truly an event of numbers. During the course of the Challenge, two countries will be visited, five Great Lakes will be sailed, 22 port appearances will be made, five races will be won (or lost), and millions of visitors will witness the spectacle! Every single Tall Ship participating in the Challenge will be a sight to behold, but we’re especially excited for the two international Tall Ships headed to Chicago: the Sørlandet hailing from Norway and the Pathfinder from Canada!
The five-day festival kicks off at Navy Pier with a spectacular Parade of Sail on Wednesday, August 7. The remaining days of the festival (Thursday-Sunday) allow visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the vessels. Visitors that opt for the special Dockside Boarding tickets will be able to climbing aboard the stunning replica ships for a tour. Sail Away tickets holders will be even more deeply immersed in the history of the Tall Ships when they take to the seas for a cruise on Lake Michigan!
Within the Tall Ships Chicago festival grounds, spectators will also be able to witness modern match racing on the east end of Navy Pier with the Chicago Match Cup. This $100,000 sailing competition is the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and will feature twelve of the world’s best teams in match race sailing with live commentary to compliment the thrills on the water. For more information on the Chicago Match Cup, go here.
Tall Ships Chicago 2013 is one of the most highly anticipated events at the Pier this summer so be sure to get your tickets in advance because this is one event you won’t want to miss! See you onboard!
For more information on the event or for tickets, group discounts, and ticket order forms, click here.