Navy Pier - Chicago, IL
Most weekends and select weekdays
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*Rates do not apply for holidays, Valentine's day weekend (Feb 13 and 14) and specialty cruises
- Admire the skyline and famous Chicago attractions, as the ship's impressive panoramic windows and climate-controlled deck areas offer a variety of views.
- Savor fresh cuisine served buffet-style, refreshing drinks from full-service cash bars, and vibrant onboard entertainment under a canopy of stars.
- Dance the night away to the beats of the Windy City's hottest DJs as you cruise around Lake Michigan and back to Navy Pier.
- As one of the most exciting and unique things to do in Chicago, you'll talk about this memorable outing for years to come!
Experience a Lake Michigan cruise that features dazzling city skylines, delicious dining, and dancing under a starry sky! The Chicago Dinner Cruise is one of the most exquisite ways to enjoy an evening in the Windy City.
You'll know you are in for an evening of unparalleled entertainment from the moment you step aboard the Spirit of Chicago, one of the most elegant yachts at Navy Pier. The ship's stylish atmosphere greets you with modern amenities like festive lighting, a winding staircase between decks, and décor featuring chic silver and black accents.
Treat yourself to a favorite beer, wine or cocktail from one of the Spirit's full-service cash bars as you gently cruise from Chicago's shoreline, taking in brilliant views of skyscrapers and twinkling city lights. Stroll along the climate-controlled observation decks, or settle in at your table to relax a bit before dinner.
Ready to indulge in some of the Windy City's finest cuisine? The Chicago Dinner Cruise presents a remarkable buffet spread, offering guests a gorgeous array of salads, vegetables, pasta, hot entrees, and tantalizing desserts. Enjoy unlimited trips to the buffet, which may include (though subject to change based on seasonal ingredients and chef specials):
- Organic mixed greens or spinach-kale salad
- Orzo & bay shrimp salad
- Mediterranean couscous-chickpea combo
- Red beet salad with fresh mint & Italian parsley
- Roasted broccoli florets & classic mashed potatoes
- Creamed corn & cheddar cheese casserole
- Baked ziti with cheeses, spinach & garlic sauce
- Oven-baked North Atlantic sole filet
- Honey & sesame chicken
- Whole-roasted pork loin
- Braised beef short ribs
- Desserts galore: chocolate cake, seasonal fruit, cheesecake, custard, apple cobbler & cannolis!
Ease into the entertainment portion of your evening with a wander along the decks, taking in the spectacular shoreline scenery of Lake Michigan. Then join in one of the most vibrant things to do in Chicago when the city's hottest DJs take the background dining music up a few notches!
Dance to your heart's content to the tunes of Top 40 hits, request songs, cut a rug with family and friends, or share a romantic slow dance with your favorite passenger.
Hop aboard the Chicago Dinner Cruise for a magical evening on the water full of fun, food, fabulous sights, and plenty of memories!
- Coffee, tea and iced tea are complimentary
- You may also purchase juices, sodas, mixed drinks, fine liqueurs, specialty waters, champagne and exceptional wines
- The ticket price does not include any gratuity on either the beverages purchased, or for the excellent service provided by your server
- Rates do not apply for holiday, Valentine's Day and specialty cruises
This cruise will last approximately 2.5 - 3 hours depending on the date booked.
The cruise ship can accommodate up to 600 guests.
Only those on board will be able to enjoy this experience.
This experience takes place indoors and will not be affected by weather conditions.
What to Wear:
For men, slacks and a collared shirt are recommended. For women, nice slacks, Capri pants or a dress is recommended.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 5 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given, but rescheduling your dinner cruise is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your boarding time. Rescheduling's are subject to a $25 per person transfer fee. Failure to appear on your booked date, cancel, or reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.
What type of food is served?
The cruise features all-you-can-eat dinner buffets with delicious choices prepared on board by the executive chef and their galley staff. With advance notice, special meals for guests with allergies can be arranged.
Sample Buffet Dinner Menu
*subject to change
Organic Mixed Field Greens
Organic Spinach & Kale Salad
Mediterranean Couscous & Chickpea Salad
Roasted Red Beet Salad
Orzo & Bay Shrimp Salad
Roasted Broccoli Florets
Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole
Baked Ziti Pasta
Mashed Potatoes Entrees:
Oven Baked North Atlantic Sole Filet
Honey & Sesame Chicken
Whole-Roasted Pork Loin
Braised Beef Short Ribs
Seasonal Cut Fruit
Chocolate Drizzle Rice Krispy
Strawberries & Vanilla Custard
What is the dress code?
For evening cruises, appropriate attire is between business casual and dressy. Men traditionally wear slacks and sport coats, with or without ties. Women wear dresses or nice pants. T-shirts, jeans, shorts and sneakers are not recommended.
Can you hold a reservation and pay later?
Reservations cannot be held without payment.
Are there any age requirements?
There are no age requirements for this cruise. Please note, children under 3 can board for free. Please notify Cloud 9 Living at the time of booking if you will have additional guests under the age of 3 so seating can be planned accordingly.
Where does the cruise go?
The ship departs from the South Side of Navy Pier. While sailing routes may vary, the cruise goes as far south as McCormick Place and as far north as Montrose Harbor along the Chicago skyline.
What kind of dance music do you play?
The dinner cruise features a full range of popular dance tunes spun by some of the city's hottest DJs. Selections may include Rock, Blues, Line Dances, Motown, Oldies, Salsa, Hip Hop, Country, and current chart-toppers from every musical genre.
How do I get to the ship?
The ship is conveniently located at Navy Pier just off Lake Shore Drive. Ample parking with shuttle service to Navy Pier is available just off Illinois St. and Grand Ave.
What type of entertainment is offered?
Sit back and relax on one of the climate-controlled decks. Dine on the bountiful buffet. Experience the view as the interactive MC spins popular favorites and dance hits.
Is the ship wheelchair accessible?
Yes. The ship can accommodate wheelchairs for boarding and provides a handicap-accessible restroom. Please notify us of any special-assistance members in your party prior to the cruise so we can provide the appropriate assistance upon arrival.
Are gratuities included in the price package?
Gratuities are not included in the package price and are suggested for all on-board purchases and outstanding service.
What do drinks cost?
Mixed drinks and cocktails begin at $9.00, beer begins at $5.00 and wine by the glass begins at $6.00. Soft drinks and juice are available for $2 each. Please note drink prices are subject to change.
If my party is not able to make it or we miss the ship will we receive a refund?
There are no refunds once the dinner cruise is booked, however with a 72-hour notice we are happy to reschedule your cruise date. Failure to appear on your booked date or reschedule with 72-hour notice will result in a loss of your dinner cruise.
How is seating arranged on board?
The ship features cabaret-style seating. The majority of tables accommodate 4 to 8 people and guests are sometimes seated with other parties.
Can you tell me a little about the ship?
The ship is spaciously designed with three climate-controlled interior decks, outdoor strolling decks at the bow and stern, and the largest outdoor patio deck in Chicago topside. It is handicap accessible and Coast Guard approved for up to 600 passengers. Amenities include full service bars, two dance floors (or staging areas), spacious bathrooms, flexible seating arrangements and huge, panoramic windows.
What is your smoking policy?
All interior areas of the ship are non-smoking areas. Passengers who smoke may do so on the outdoor observation decks.
Do you sail in inclement weather?
Absolutely. The ship is fully enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort. It sails rain or shine year round.
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"The idea of being on the water and having a nice dinner is great, however the buffet style of eating with no direction was awful. We were located towards to front of the ship with bad tables that I myself placed two brochures under, just so my water didn't get tossed on my lap! The mob of people rushes to the buffet so the civilized ones wait till it calms down. By the time I was able to make my way to the food, I had to ask two separate people for lettuce for a salad which I never received. My dinner consisted of a few pieces of cucumber, a few tomatoes and carrots for a salad, some mashed potatoes and a few pasta noodles. The actual food of sliced beef or pork tenderloin is not what you expect for a dinner. I felt like I was at the $10.90 buffet at the Golden Corral. I would not recommend this to a friend nor would I do it again. The best part of the cruise was the guitarist on the upper deck! "
"The boat tour was very overpriced. No drinks included, food OK and expensive photos. I wish I had used this gift on something else."
"We took the dinner cruise on the Spirit of Chicago on Lake Michigan. It was nice."