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Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise with Buffet

Water Tour Chicago
$75

With the sunshine reflecting off the lakefront, there's no better place to enjoy an afternoon in Chicago than aboard a Spirit lunch cruise. Departing from Navy Pier, Spirit of Chicago lunch cruises are perfect for family sightseeing, lunch dates, travel groups and corporate outings.

For groups of all sizes, a Spirit Cruise is the venue that delivers a memorable experience where guests will have fun from start to finish. We offer a unique perspective of the city, a warm, friendly atmosphere and ways for guests to define their own fun. This means groups can kick back, connect with each other and see a new side of the city aboard Spirit – where life's decked out.

Enjoy a freshly prepared buffet-style meal. You'll be able to pick and choose what you would like to enjoy from a selection of salads, entrees, sides, and desserts.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Chicago and other sites around the area from the observation deck as well as the panoramic-style windows in the interior of the ship.

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Lake Michigan and Chicago River Architecture Cruise by Speedboat

Water Tour Chicago
$42

Chicago is renowned for its stunning and original architecture, and the most relaxing way to see it is on a cruise on the Chicago River! You'll learn all about Chicago's history and landmarks before the tour's grand finale, a thrilling speedboat ride on Lake Michigan.

Meet your guide at Navy Pier, where you'll board your boat. As you take off along the water, see and hear about the dozens of skyscrapers lining the Chicago River, including the Sears Tower and the Tribune Tower. Learn when and why the flow of the Chicago River was reversed, how Chicago architects pioneered skyscraper construction and a variety of other tales and tidbits of Chicago's history from your guide.

Then, take a thrilling speedboat ride along the lake for spectacular views of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan. From the water, you'll see Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, beautiful Chicago Harbor and Chicago's Museum Campus.

Your tour will conclude with drop-off at your original departure point.

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Chicago Odyssey Lunch Cruise

Water Tour Chicago
$77
Welcome aboard Chicago's largest luxury yacht at Navy Pier! Tantalize your taste buds and discover Chicago's wonderful city skyline on this 2-hour lunch cruise. While you cruise, and enjoy a freshly prepared three-course meal, you'll enjoy magnificent views of the Windy City skyline and with a DJ playing your favorite music.

Your cruise experience begins as you board the luxury yacht at Navy Pier. After a quick stop for a commemorative boarding photo, you host will greet you and escort you to your private table.

Relax with a beverage or tour the ship's three climate-controlled decks. Watching the boat cast-off from one of the observation decks is a great way to start your afternoon cruise.

When you are ready to begin lunch, order your meal from the menu of celebrity chef inspired entrees. Bring an appetite as the food is delicious, plentiful and prepared freshly to your specifications.

Throughout the cruise DJ entertainment sets the mood...Enjoy a wide range of music, from classic jazz to contemporary favorites.

Return to the pier relaxed and refreshed. As you depart, you'll find your boarding photo ready for purchase.
Sample Menu
Tasting Duo:

  • Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad
  • Whipped Goat Cheese and Crostini
Entrées:
  • Crab and Mussel Gratin
  • Romesco Crusted Salmon
  • Maple and Mustard Glazed Chicken
  • Cauliflower Steak
Desserts:
  • Duo of Sorbet
  • Odyssey Signature Bread Pudding
  • Mountain Berry Shortcake
  • Chocolate Decadent Cake

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Water Tour Chicago
$44
Experience one of the world's most beautiful cities on a 75-minute cruise on the historic Chicago River. On this architecture cruise, head down the main branch of the Chicago River, up the north branch to the East Bank Club, and then south past Willis Tower (Sears Tower) to the old Post Office Building. Take in magnificent city skyline views as you see more than 40 notable buildings, including the John Hancock Center and the Wrigley Building, and learn about their distinctive architecture from your onboard guide, an expert in architecture.

Take an architecture cruise down the Chicago River and learn about the city's famed architecture from your knowledgeable guide. Board your tour at Navy Pier for an exciting journey that takes you down all three branches of the historic Chicago River and past impressive architectural landmarks.

Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings on your cruise including the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Aon Center, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), the IBM Building and more. Your guide, an expert in architecture, will recount the two major events that helped shape the architectural history of the city. Learn about how the invention of balloon-frame construction revolutionized how homes were built, and hear the dramatic story of Chicago's rise from the Great Fire of 1871. Both of these milestones led Chicago to become one of the cradles of modern American architecture.

Along the scenic 75-minute route, see buildings by world-famous architects including Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). This river tour provides the best advantage point to admire the distinct city skyline and marvel at world-famous architecture while learning about Chicago's fascinating history.

For a full list of Chicago architectural wonders seen on this tour, see the Itinerary section below.

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Lake Michigan Speedboat Ride

Water Tour Chicago
$32

Feel the need for speed? This exhilarating speedboat ride takes you out onto Lake Michigan for the ride of a lifetime. Experience the roar of the 2000-horsepower engines as you race along Chicago's famous Lake Michigan. The best way to view Chicago is always from the lake!

Your exciting speedboat ride along the shoreline is combined with informative and amusing descriptions of the world-famous Chicago skyline.

As you depart Chicago's Navy Pier, your Captain will tell you interesting facts about the Pier and Chicago's Lake Michigan. Then, with the music cranked up, you'll race south past Navy Pier to Chicago's Museum Campus. The tour pauses here so you can hear about Chicago's interesting lakefront landmarks, architecture and history.

Then you'll race north past Navy Pier to cruise the Magnificent Mile, providing unique views of the Sears Tower, Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park along the way!

Finally, you will race back to Navy Pier to the thrilling sound of turbo-charged engines!

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Chicago Odyssey Brunch Cruise

Water Tour Chicago
$99
Experience Chicago's amazing skyline views from a unique vantage point on board this unforgettable 2 hour brunch cruise. With unsurpassed views of the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Tower, to the Museum campus and the Aon Center, you'll be seduced by the luxury and spaciousness of the three climate-controlled dining and observation decks while sailing on the world-famous harbor.

Step Aboard...
You cruise experience begins as you board the luxury yacht at Navy Pier. After a quick stop for a commemorative boarding photo, one of the hosts will greet you and escort you to your private table.

Explore and Enjoy...
Guests who are 21 years of age or older will receive a complimentary mimosa to sip. A great way to start your afternoon is by watching the boat castoff from one of the observation decks.

Indulge your senses...
Bring your appetite when you return to your private table, the Executive Chef and galley staff present you with an imaginative buffet of appetizers, entrees, salads and desserts that is sure to please any number of tastes.

Throughout the cruise our DJ entertainment provides the music...
Dance or relax while the DJ entertains you with a beautiful mix of everything from soft classics to today's favorites.

Take home a memory...
Return, hours later. Relaxed. Refreshed. As you depart, you'll find your boarding photo ready for purchase.
Sample Menu
Breakfast selections:

  • Breakfast Pastries
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Eggs Benedict Strata
  • Breakfast Meats
  • Breakfast Potatoes
  • Smoked Salmon Platter
  • Chicken & Waffles
Lunch selections:
  • Organic Mixed Green Salad
  • Roasted Summer Vegetable Salad
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Romesco Crusted Salmon
  • Hand Cut Strip Steak
Desserts:
  • Cakes
  • Pastries
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Chocolate Fondue

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Lake Michigan Sightseeing Cruise

Water Tour Chicago
$26
Admire all of Chicago's fabulous lakefront sights and attractions on this 40-minute Lake Michigan boat tour. Cruise along Lake Michigan and take in amazing views of the city's famous skyscrapers from a great vantage point. Feel free to bring a lunch and enjoy drinks from the onboard bar as you relax on this sightseeing cruise.

Take a 40-minute sightseeing cruise on Lake Michigan and marvel at all of Chicago's fabulous lakefront sights. On this boat tour, your guide will tell you about Chicago's colorful history and famous landmarks as you enjoy the panorama of Chicago's famous skyline!

See Chicago's major skyscrapers like the John Hancock Center, Aon, Trump Tower, Willis Tower (Sears Tower) and more. Spot downtown areas like the Gold Coast, Streeterville, Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, and pass by famous landmarks such as Navy Pier.

Feel free to purchase beverages at the onboard bar (cash only). You can also bring aboard your own lunch to enjoy as you relax and admire Chicago from the cruise. This is a perfect way for the entire family to experience Chicago's beautiful lakefront!

This cruise is seasonal and does not operate in the winter due to weather conditions.

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Chicago Architectural River Cruise

Water Tour Chicago
$48
Take in the views on this 90-minute Architectural Tour, a jaw-dropping excursion through a city that defied all expectations … even the laws of gravity.

This 90 minute Architectural cruise sails on the Chicago River. It is fully narrated, discussing the buildings of Chicago, as well as some historical anecdotes!

On this tour you will travel to the North, South and the Main branches of the Chicago River to see the world renowned architecture of Chicago. Take in the views as you pass by more than 50 skyscrapers, bascule bridges and historic sites. You will pass by Lake Point Tower, Trump Tower, NBC Tower, Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Marina City, Aqua Tower, Navy Pier, Willis Tower (Sears Tower), The John Hancock Building and many more architectural sites.

Come grab a seat and enjoy complimentary Starbucks Coffee, Twining Tea, Coca-Cola soft drinks, lemonade and cookies. Beer and wine is also available for purchase.