Chicago Lunch Cruise

From: $71   


Navy Piers - Chicago, IL


April - December:
Most Saturdays and select weekdays
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*Rates do not apply for holidays, Valentine's Day weekend (Feb 13 and 14) and specialty cruises

One of the most unique things to do in Chicago awaits you alongside the famed Navy Pier. Step aboard a luxury yacht to enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and dancing on the Chicago Lunch Cruise!

  • This 2-hour Lake Michigan cruise offers unrivaled views of the cityscape and celebrated Chicago attractions, perfect for relaxing amid the scenery or snapping some photos.
  • Delight in a grande buffet spread, featuring an impressive assortment of salads, vegetables, pasta, hot dishes, and tempting desserts.
  • Take advantage of the ship's cash bar amenities, sipping a cocktail as you stroll the ship's deck or unwind on the rooftop lounge.
  • Make your way to the dance floor with family and friends to enjoy Top 40 hits from the city's hottest DJs!

More detailed description >

Head to Navy Pier for an unforgettable experience on Lake Michigan! The Chicago Lunch Cruise is your ticket to set sail surrounded by good company, delicious food, festive entertainment, and stunning views!

Enjoy a warm welcome from a crew member as you step aboard the Spirit of Chicago. The ship's colorful lighting, modern dcor, and chic black accents create a dazzling ambiance as you're escorted to your table. Order drinks from one of the ship's full-service cash bars, where your favorite and most refreshing beers, wines, or cocktails await. Explore the Spirit's extraordinary deck space as the boat gently leaves port. Head to the open-air rooftop area to catch the best Chicago sightseeing around! Enjoy unobstructed views of the Windy City's waterfront and magnificent skyscrapers that will leave a lasting impression.

The picturesque treats don't stop on this scenic cruise from Chicago just because lunch starts! Marvel at Chicago attractions through the panoramic windows of the dining room as you float along the shoreline. All the while, enjoy unlimited trips to the grande buffet!

The Chicago Lunch Cruise features a delicious spread of cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Savor incredible menu selections such as (though subject to change):

  • Assorted salads and vegetable sides
  • Casserole and pasta
  • Oven-baked fish filet
  • Chicken
  • Whole-roasted pork loin
  • Dessert station: fruit, cakes and more!

Before you know it, it's time to bust out your dancing shoes and head to the Spirit of Chicago's Jubilee and Fiesta decks! Thanks to the talents of top DJs spinning your favorite songs, this vibrant Chicago cruise will be rockin' and rollin' all the way back to its Navy Pier dock.

So when it comes to finding unique things to do in Chicago, look no further than the Chicago Lunch Cruise to light up your afternoon!

Key Info >

Essential Information:

  • Coffee, tea and iced tea are complimentary
  • Additional beverages may be purchased on board: juice, soda, mixed drinks, fine liqueurs, specialty waters, champagne and wine
  • Rates are inclusive of taxes and fees

The cruise lasts 2 hours; however, boarding begins 30 minutes before cruise departure.

Maximum Participants:
The cruise ship can accommodate up to 500 people.

Only those on board will be able to enjoy this experience.

Weather Dependent:
This experience takes place indoors and will not be affected by weather conditions.

What to Wear:
Slacks and a collared shirt are recommended for men. Dresses, dress pants or capris are recommended for women.

Booking Information:
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings 5 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy:
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 lunch cruise is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your boarding time. Rescheduling is 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.

Experience ID:

View FAQ's >

  1. What type of food is served?
    The cruise features an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet 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 Menu
    *subject to change

    Fresh Salads:
    Organic Mixed Field Greens
    Organic Spinach & Kale Salad
    Roasted Red Beet Salad
    Mediterranean Couscous & Chickpea Salad

    Oven Baked North Atlantic Sole Filet
    Honey & Sesame Chicken
    Whole Roasted Pork Loin

    Roasted Broccoli Florets
    Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole
    Baked Ziti Pasta
    Mashed Potatoes

    Seasonal Cut Fruit
    Chocolate Drizzle Rice Krispy
    Cheese Cake
    Chocolate Cake
    Strawberries & Vanilla Custard
    Apple Cobbler

  2. What is the dress code?
    It is recommended to dress business casual, however casual attire is allowed.
  3. What is typical cruising time?
    Typically 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    *Departure Times are subject to change

  4. Are there any age requirements?
    Children are welcome on our cruises and children under 3 years old cruise free. Please inform us at the time of booking if you will be bringing additional guests under 3 so that we can ensure seating.
  5. 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.
  6. What kind of dance music do you play?
    Lunch cruises feature 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.
  7. How do I get to the ship?
    The ship is conveniently located at Navy Pier just off Lake Shore Drive. Ample paid parking with shuttle service to Navy Pier is available just off Illinois St. and Grand Ave.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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. However, failure to appear on your booked date or reschedule with 72-hour notice will result in a loss of your dinner cruise.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Chicago Lunch Cruise

  • September 02, 2016

  • 3-half

  • Chicago

"Only improvements to the dinner cruise would be: (1) the food variety and quality could be improved, there weren't many choices at the buffet; and (2) the cruise boat mainly stayed in one place going back and forth for 2 hours. It would have been nice to have cruised further out."

  • Chicago Lunch Cruise

  • July 22, 2015

  • 2-half

  • Chicago

"It was a beautiful day, so seeing the skyline of Chicago was great with nice weather. I did not enjoy the food whatsoever. Very limited choices. Salmon, chicken meatballs, pesto pasta, bread, salad, with 2 choices of dressing, and no desserts. They later served orange popsicles. This was supposed to be a nicely-dressed, mandatory slacks for gentlemen and capris, a dress or slacks for the ladies. There were people in t-shirts, halter tops and cut off jeans. The majority of the men had on shorts and t-shirts. The boat needs some upkeep. The ladies bathroom was horrible. Sconces hanging sideways in the stalls, garbage overflowing, just a mess. Some staff members were there off of work time, in jeans and tank tops, and chumming with the staff. It was very low-class, and I wish we hadn't wasted our experience on this event."

  • Chicago Lunch Cruise

  • September 22, 2014

  • 5

  • Chicago

"I had an amazing time at the cruise, great staff. The weather wasn't very nice but totally worth it."