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Spirit of Chicago Dinner Cruise

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Dinner Cruise: Daily
    Firework Dinner Cruise: 01 Apr - 26 May & 06 Sep - 31 Mar; Wednesday and Saturday

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Start time

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday:
    Boarding: 6:30pm, Sailing: 7:00pm
    Wednesday OR Wednesday Firework:
    Boarding: 6:30pm, Sailing: 7:00pm
    Boarding: 7:00pm, Sailing: 7:30pm
    Friday Firework:
    Boarding: 7:30pm, Sailing: 8:00pm
    Saturday Firework:
    Boarding: 8:00pm, Sailing: 8:30pm
    Boarding: 5:30pm, Sailing: 6:00pm
    Duration: Sunday - Friday: 3 hours (incl. boarding time)
    Sunday: 3.5 hours (incl. boarding time)

  • Meeting Point
    Cruise departs from Navy Pier, where ample parking is available. Directions for reaching Navy Pier are given in Additional Information.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the boading time. This is mandatory to ensure time to obtain boarding passes.
  • Ending Point

    The cruise ends at the starting point

Key Highlights

  • Sizzling hot music
  • A dinner buffet to die for
  • Captivating shipboard atmosphere
  • Fabulous views of Chicago at night


This magical dinner cruise is the perfect night out. Set against the dazzling beauty of Chicago at night the evening is filled to the brim with gourmet cuisine, live music and dancing under a canopy of stars.

Quite simply, a Spirit of Chicago dinner cruise is the perfect night out. A magical setting enhanced by dazzling city sights and Lakefront lights. An evening filled to the brim with wonderful cuisine, live music and dancing under a canopy of stars. For a party of two, a couple of couples, or a grand affair for up to 600 guests, this is the ultimate Chicago experience.

Bon Voyage and Bon Appetit!


Your luxury Spirit of Chicago Dinner Cruise promises an unforgettable experience. The cruise starts from Navy Pier, where there is ample parking. Details of how to reach Navy Pier are given in Additional Information.

To receive your boarding pass for the Spirit of Chicagoplease present your voucher and photo ID at the activity operator’s ticket kiosk at Navy Pier.

As you board the boat, a keepsake photo of you and your party will be taken, so go ahead and pose for the camera! (You can decide to purchase or not, when you dock.)

You’ll know you’re in for a special evening the moment you step aboard the vibrant decks and are escorted to your candlelit table. Order drinks (payable direct), then feel free to explore the ship while the crew casts off for your fabulous cruise along Lake Michigan.

Your waiter will invite you to the Grande Dinner Buffet, where you can sample a little bit of everything, or just select your favorite fare. Everything is freshly prepared in the shipboard galley and served in the true manner of an ocean-going cruise buffet. The menu is detailed below:

Menu subject to change.

Enjoy your delectable dinner over perfectly paced dinner music and a never-ending view of Chicago’s breathtaking skyline.

While you’re enjoying the enchanting ambiance, the talented staff will dazzle you with their vocal talents, performing popular songs from yesterday and today. Feel free to sway to the beat or to sing along.

Take your drinks topside and relax on the largest outdoor patio deck in the city while Chicago’s magnificent skyline spreads before you in all directions. It’s the perfect pause before the pulsing beat of the dance tunes entices you onto the dance floor. Spirit of Chicago’s dinner cruises spotlight some of the hottest DJs in the city. These talented folk will spin your favorite tunes and let you rock ‘til you dock – literally.

The cruise will end at the starting point, Navy Pier.

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  • 3-hour cruise (Monday - Saturday)
  • 2.5-hour cruise (Sunday)
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Buffet Dinner
  • Tea, coffee and water
  • Taxes
  • Fees
  • Fuel surcharge


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Drinks from the bar or wine list

Please note

Please contact the activity operator within 5 days of booking or at least 72 hours prior to your arrival into Chicago to confirm your cruise reservation. You will not be guaranteed a place on the cruise until you have contacted the activity operator to confirm.

Menu is subject to change.

You must print and present your voucher in order to redeem services purchased. Please present your voucher and photo ID at the activity operator’s ticket kiosk located at Navy Pier. You will be issued boarding passes at this time.

Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to cruise departure time.

Cruises go ahead rain or shine all year long. In the rare event the Coast Guard prohibits cruising because of weather conditions, your activity operator will contact you to make other arrangements.

If you require a vegetarian option please mention this when you make your booking

Dress Code - For men, appropriate attire includes slacks and a polo or button down shirt. For women, nice slacks, Capri pants or a sundress is recommended. Nice, designer jeans are acceptable. Although allowed, we strongly discourage collarless t-shirts, jeans, shorts or sneakers.

Safety Alert - Pursuant to an advisory issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, please power off Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices while onboard the ship.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Ample parking is available at Navy Pier where the cruise starts. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois and 403 E. Grand (one block from Navy Pier). Free Navy Pier Trolley Service runs continuously from parking lot to Navy Pier along Illinois & Grand.Directions for reaching Navy Pier:From the South:Take the Dan Ryan Expressway West to Lake Shore Dr. NorthExit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Southwest:Take Interstate 55 North (Stevenson) to Lake Shore Dr. NorthExit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Far Southwest:Follow Interstate 57 North to the Dan Ryan Expressway WestGo to Lake Shore Dr. North Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Southeast:Take 90/94 West (Dan Ryan Expressway) to Lake Shore Dr. NorthExit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the North:Take 90/94 East (Kennedy) to Ohio St. ExitTurn right on Fairbanks/Columbus Dr.Turn left on Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Northeast:Take Lake Shore Dr. South to the Grand Ave./Illinois St. exitTurn left on Illinois St. to Navy Pier

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