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Chicago Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan

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


Perfect for families, groups, and corporate outings, the Spirit of Chicago lunch cruise lets you kick back and enjoy a great meal while taking in the sights of Chicago's most famed landmarks. See and photograph the dramatic city skyline, Navy Pier, Soldier Field, and Shedd Aquarium. The cruise includes a delicious buffet lunch with salads, entrees, desserts, and unlimited nonalcoholic beverages. There's also a DJ, games, and a dance floor to keep your group entertained.
  • Lunch cruise on Lake Michigan aboard the Spirit of Chicago
  • See the Chicago skyline and attractions from the water
  • Buffet lunch with freshly-prepared food
  • On-board entertainment includes music, a dance floor, and games

What's Included

  • A two-hour cruise on Lake Michigan
  • Delicious lunch buffet with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts (view menu)
  • Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water
  • The best views of the Chicago skyline and attractions, including the Shedd Aquarium, Soldier Field and the iconic Willis Tower
  • Guaranteed table for your party size
  • Onboard entertainment with DJ, dance floor, and games (giant jenga, foosball, etc.
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Beverages
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 600 E Grand Ave
    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

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • There is no smoking inside the boat
  • Infants aged 2 years and under are free of charge (meal not included)
  • For men, appropriate attire includes slacks and a polo or button-down shirt. For women, nice slacks, capri pants or a sundress is recommended.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Seating is only guaranteed together for the number of tickets confirmed on this voucher. Reservations may not be combined.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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 Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan?

A:The Chicago Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan departs from Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611.

Apr 2021

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

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

Apr 2021

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

A:Business casual attire is appropriate; such as khaki pants and collared shirts. Please no shorts, tank tops, flip flops, or gym shoes.

Apr 2021

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

A:Boarding time is 30 minutes prior to departure.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I smoke on board the Chicago Lunch 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 Lunch 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 Lunch 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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132 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Romantic Cruise to heaven
Linda_M, Oct 2022
Delicious food, Gorgeous view of the skyline. The only thing I didn't like is the price! I paid $191, but my receipt showed I paid $156.
Horrible experience.
Joshua_M, Jul 2022
There wasn’t enough food for my family. Half of us did not eat. The boat was too crowded. The manager was rude.
Thank you for this...
Aisalkyn_A, Aug 2022
Thank you for this cruise, I love it. I celebrated my birthday party there and had amazing time. The food is delicious
20 year Anniversary Getaway
Mentharn_J, Sep 2022
It was great it was our anniversary and it was several kids in the way running around, under the tables crying it was a disaster.
Birthday Boy
Monique_T, Aug 2022
Me and my Family and friends had a wonderful time here😍😍 we drink played games on the boat ate at the buffet the food was really good
The staff was awesome ...
shirley_t, Jul 2022
The staff was awesome and the the food was the best.I will have my birthday there. Thanks for a awesome time.
I had a great time. Good...
Paula_M, Sep 2022
I had a great time. Good food, good people, a fun DJ, and good staff. I was visiting from out of town but plan to take another cruise in the future.
Birthday lunch.💐🎉❤️🌹
Valissa_M, Sep 2022
It was my daughters birthday. We did this before the Pandamic. We have great fun on the ship, the food was good and the view was exzillerating ! Thank you for the nice day.
Birthday celebration
Tyla_C, Sep 2022
Confusion on which cruise line we were traveling on. When I called Viator , they said spirit of Chicago, though it was the Spirit of Navy Pier. I was traveling with seniors with walkers and canes. We have to walk further than anticipated. However it was a beautiful day.
The atmosphere was nice. The food could of been better. The AC wasn't sufficient
Suzanna_F, Aug 2022
The views of the skyline were nice. However the food section was not great. And the AC was sufficient on the boat.
Great time in the city!
Alyssa_T, Sep 2022
Food was good, I wish it was labeled though. The crew was very friendly and helpful and the DJ was lots of fun! Beautiful views of the city on a smooth sailing day!
Great Boat ride
Greta_J, Jul 2022
It was great my friends and I had a blast. Food was good. Also the drinks were on point. The dj’s was playing great music for everyone. Everyone was dancing hate it had to end. Will go again.
It was good but the...
Yurenie_Y, Oct 2022
It was good but the servers didn’t know what their sections were ,once we finally got a server and got our drinks it was 40 mins into it. The server who finally took care of us was great and super sweet. The entrees were delicious, dessert was alright. Very lovely just felt very disorganized.
I feel scammed
Kimberly_H, Oct 2022
Missed the boat. Couldn’t figure out where to go and customer service was non existent. There’s a reason why there wasn’t a number available. Would like a refund or credit. Never again
Give some training to staff,
George_V, Sep 2022
Unprofessional and lazy staff except for a Hispanic server. She is a hard worker and very courteous. All others are lazy and so slow.
Weekend with the wife...
Guy_L, Aug 2022
We weren't sure what to expect from this adventure but I must say I'd schedule this cruise again. I booked the cruise while we were about to head back home from the Stadium Tour at Wrigley Field and we weren't disappointed at all. Everything from booking through the Viator app, wonderful crew, excellent service and an overall great experience with my lovely wife made this outing an experience we both will cherish. We will consider trying to make this a yearly adventure. Thank you Spirit of Navy Pier staff for an excellent cruise.
Horrible experience/birthday ruined
Wanda_M, Jul 2022
I paid for 6 ppl plus my son paid for 2 more. (The working staff was nice.) But the experience was horrible. The bathrooms were dirty, no soap, only one working sink. We spent half of our time there waiting for our food of which the meat dishes were never brought out to us. We left past 1230 but they make sure to arrive right before 230. We couldn’t enjoy the outdoor hardly at all and this was for my son‘s birthday so needless to say to have the birthday guy hungry waiting for food of which the main portions never came and needing to be inside the boat and a beautiful sunny day for half of the trip or more was a disaster and what’s worse is nobody cares and nobody is giving us any of our money back. Angry beyond words.
A gasp of enjoyment.
Rebecca_C, Aug 2022
Beautiful uplifting music to lift up your spirits and a great lunch and oversight of things to see while on the mini cruise.
The most horrible lunch experience.
Wanda_M, Jul 2022
Go for lunch and wait in line to eat 45 minutes till I run upstairs to get a bit of food, no plates then no salad, no entres then no even pasta left, no people to be seen to ask, ask and not given what time they will bring food, then no refund, I’ll tell people never to buy anything with city experience.
Classy and comfortable
Irena, Aug 2022
The dining atmosphere was spacious and elegant. The upper deck had comfortable seating and adequate picture taking opportunities. Nice views of the city. The downside was that some of the food ran out, and the buffet lines were somewhat long for a two hour cruise.


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