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Chicago Signature Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan

Chicago, United States
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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Make your evening in Chicago one to remember with this luxury sunset cruise featuring dinner, sightseeing and dancing along the shores of Lake Michigan. Feast your eyes on incredible views of iconic Windy City sights like Navy Pier, the Willis (Sears) Tower, Buckingham Fountain and Soldier Field, then fill your belly with a bountiful all-you-can-eat buffet. Continue the celebration with a live DJ who will mix up a selection of dance favorites.
  • Chicago sunset cruise on Lake Michigan
  • Lavish, all-you-can-eat buffet, including carving station
  • Breathtaking views of Chicago’s skyline, including Soldier Field and Buckingham Fountain
  • On-board entertainment with DJ music, access to shared spaces, and interactive games

What's Included

  • Delicious dinner buffet attended by server, with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts
  • Background music curated by DJ
  • Beautiful waterfront views
  • 2.5 hour cruise on Lake Michigan
  • Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Tiny Tavern at Navy Pier
    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

    Boarding: Navy Pier. Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local parking is available at 600 E Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 for our Navy Pier Departures. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois St. and 403 E. Grand Ave. (one block from Navy Pier).

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Dance, dine, and celebrate during this beautiful sunset cruise with an all-you-can-eat buffet along the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. It’s the perfect way to get your fill of amazing Windy City skyline views, along with a delicious selection of salads, entrees and desserts and live entertainment.

Set sail in the evening from your departure point at the city’s Navy Pier, climbing aboard the deck of your sleek, luxuriously-appointed cruiser. Enjoy a few drinks (own expense) as you soak up beautiful sunset views, watching as the lights of the city begin to glow at dusk.

Then have a seat for dinner, featuring a mouth-watering all-you-can-eat buffet and carving station. Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s sure to be a dish to suit your appetite (see the itinerary below for menu). Then get the party started after dinner with the help of a top Chicago DJ as you bust a few moves on the dance floor.

As you dance, dine, and drink the evening away, make sure to take a peek at the magnificent views of the illuminated Chicago skyline visible in the distance. It’s the perfect way to kick off a fun night on the town.

Chicago Fireworks Dinner Cruise

In the summer months, upgrade your Chicago Dinner Cruise experience to include a spectacular fireworks display on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You will observe the show from the decks of the ship and see the magnificent sky lit up at night.

For dinner, take your pick from a wide variety of buffet items. See the sample menu below (subject to change):


Organic Mixed Field Greens

Organic Spinach & Kale Salad

Green Bean Salad

Kidney Bean, Black Bean & Chickpea Salad

Red Beetroot Salad

Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Vegetable, Potatoes & Pasta:

Roasted Broccoli Florets

Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole

Baked Ziti Pasta

Mashed Potatoes


Oven-Baked Atlantic Flounder Filet

Honey & Sesame Chicken

Italian Beef Meatball

Braised Beef Short Ribs

Dessert Buffet:

Seasonal Fruit

Raspberry Mousse

Lemon Pound Cake & Fresh Strawberries

Coconut Vanilla Cake

Carrot Cake

Red Velvet & Chocolate Chip Brownie

Soldier Field (Pass By)

Soldier Field

Navy Pier (Pass By)

Navy Pier

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Dress code is smart casual. No jeans, shorts, tank tops, halter-tops, gym shoes or flip flops are worn on the cruise
  • All interior areas of the ship are non-smoking. Guests who smoke may do so on the outdoor observation decks only
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Seating is only guaranteed together for the number of tickets confirmed on this voucher. Reservations may not be combined.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where is the departure point for the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:The Sunset Dinner Cruise departs from Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611.

Apr 2021

Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:Local Parking is available at 600 E Grand Ave. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois St. and 403 E. Grand Ave. (one block from Navy Pier.) There may be a fee for parking.

Apr 2021

Q:Is the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan handicap accessible?

A:Yes. Please be sure to notate any special needs or requests in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Apr 2021

Q:Are there any age restrictions on the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:There are no age restrictions. Children ages 3-11 enjoy a discount rate and infants under 3 years old go free as lap children.

Apr 2021

Q:Are there high chairs available for my child during the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:Yes, high chairs are available for use during the cruise.

Apr 2021

Q:How should I dress for the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:Business to dressy casual attire is recommended. For men, slacks or khaki pants and a collared shirt with or without a jacket; for women, slacks or skirts with a collared shirt or dress. Please no jeans, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, or gym shoes.

Apr 2021

Q:How early should I check in for the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:Boarding time is 30 minutes prior to departure.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I smoke on board the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please help us keep our harbors clean.

Apr 2021

Q:Where do we sit on the boat during the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:As you board, our Captain and Marine Crew will direct you to your deck. From there the Host/Hostess will show your party to your assigned table(s). Seats are assigned based on needs and capacity for each cruise.

Apr 2021

Q:Are there vegetarian selections available during the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:Yes, vegetarian options are available with notice. If you require any dietary restrictions or have food allergies, please notate them in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Apr 2021

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196 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Great dinner cruise
LaChristy_M, Sep 2022
The best part was the dancing, and taking pictures of the shoreline buildings. It was safe, staff was amazing and I would definitely do it again!
Family from out of state...
Elizabeth_G, Sep 2022
Family from out of state wanted to see the city lights at night so we thought this would be the best way to do so!
We were celebrating our...
Larry_H, Sep 2022
We were celebrating our anniversary. The weather was perfect, and the staff did a great job. They had a good selection of food on the buffet and everything was cooked to perfection. Was just a great experience overall. There are several ships docked near each other, so give yourself plenty of time to find the right one.
Me Time
Belinda_L, Sep 2022
The cruise was everything I expected and wanted, the food was to die for, the staff and cree were Awesome and the cruise was spectacular. I cant wait to go again..Loved, Loved, Loved every moment!!
Althea_B, Sep 2022
This trip was not a good as it sounded. Issues with checking in- you get a QR Code to scan but they didn't have a scanner and said we were to print the ticket (not noted when buying tickets) One of the Crew leader in white shirt was very rude. We left late because of ticket issues/checking in and docked back at 8:10. The boat ride was only a hour and 15 minutes instead of 2 1/2 hours as listed. Will not book or recommend and unfortunate because the setting and view were beautiful.
Bad drinks, decent food, good city view.
Gabrielle_W, Sep 2022
The night was great. The drinks were horrible. Possibly the worst cocktails my husband and I have ever ordered. Not trying to be a jerk or exaggerate but the gin & tonic and the gimlet we ordered were close to being undrinkable. We had to send them back for more basic drinks that were better, but still not good (rum & Coke was almost all Coke; Jack & Coke was almost all Jack). Food was average buffet style. The view was pretty and we got to dance a lot. Probably wouldn’t recommend. This place would make a killing if their drinks were good.
Beautiful experience with not-so-good-food
Bert_L, Sep 2022
Hard to find the ship. Need better location instructions or nav point. I almost missed it even though i gave myself 40 extra minutes. Food was Meh. The food could be SO SO SO Much better. It was a 4/5 out of 10.
Not worth it
Josephine_T, Sep 2022
Nothing like we thought. Was not a good experience and not worth the money at all. I would never recommend to anyone.
Take cruise without the meal.
Anne_C, Aug 2022
The views were lovely and I enjoyed being with my family. Our server was enthusiastic and enhanced our visit. The dinner, however, was disappointing - very limited choices and unappetizing presentation. The dinner plates were dirty and so wet we had to pour off the water. Desserts were boring.
My 2022 summer cruise
Anna_J, Aug 2022
We were advised boarding at 5:30. However it started to rain about 6:49 and we were still outside getting wet at 5:50. Boarding should have been timely. Food was very good. Bartender had no knowledge of how to mix drinks even forgot the alcohol in one . Waitress was very attentive.
Great time
Alejandro_S, Aug 2022
We laugh we had fun we dance music was great it was great experience the view was amazing I just great company wanted be there longer
It was okay!
Milagros_R, Aug 2022
In the boat it was so hot and humid that it was more cooler being outside than inside the boat. Both my husband and I were sweating and feeling uncomfortable. This was our first time coming here.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Treasured memories
Zabra_A, Aug 2022
Dinner was delicious! The music and dancing was so much fun. The view of the City skyline at night on the waters of Lake Michigan is unforgettable. Thanks for a wonderful night!
For the price we paid for...
Marlease_P, Aug 2022
For the price we paid for the dinner cruise we were very disappointed in the lack of premium liquors and beer. Three separate request all being denied we just had to settle. The variety of food was nice but could have been seasoned better. The time cruising was great! The full moon made the evening magical.
Sheshonna_W, Aug 2022
First time going and it was a great experience the food was good the view was a nice view the employee was very professional
I was on a miki vacation...
Barbara_D, Aug 2022
I was on a miki vacation with my brother. We had a great time with the people seated near us and loved the food! It was a rainy eveningbut that did not spoil the event at all. The crew made sure that we saw the Chicago skyline! Would love to do it again!
Length of the cruise was incorrect.
LaTanya_E, Aug 2022
We bought our tickets through the 3rd party Viator. There site indicated 2.5 hours dinner cruise. The cruise was only 2.0 hours. I spoke with the captain and he stated the 3rd party has the incorrect time and that they have contacted Viator several times to correct the length of the cruise.
I was with friends and we...
tatiana_C, Aug 2022
I was with friends and we celebrated my Birthday! We have a nice time and tasty dinner!!!! Only rain 🌧 was bad… Thank you!
I wouldn't recommend
TaTanisha_T, Aug 2022
The experience was not a good. Communication was terrible when communicating on where to go. They said to meet at a restaurant and it was closed to find out you can go to the boat and ticket booth was there. We had a large party of 16 and when I called to see if we could seat together they stated you can ask when you get to the boat. The manager on duty was not accommodating when there was so empty seats 😕 that was around me. I wouldn't go back time said 2.5 hours and we were back in 2hours.
Your website false...
Latoya_D, Aug 2022
Your website false advertising does not match when you actually get to boat. False information from your company on time of how long cruise last from where your supposed to check in


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