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Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan

Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan

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Chicago, United States
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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
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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

Departure Point

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Spirit of Chicago is docked at Navy Pier.

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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):

Salads:

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

Entrées:

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
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Soldier Field
Soldier Field
Pass By:  
Navy Pier
Navy Pier
Pass By:  
Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, 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
  • OPERATED BY Entertainment Cruises

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
Q:
Can I bring my own cake for a celebration during the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:Yes, guests are allowed to bring a cake, which must be in a closed, covered container (e.g. cake box.) You must keep the cake at your table as there is no available storage on board. There may be a cake cutting fee.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there restrooms on board the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:Yes, there are restrooms on board for your convenience.
Apr 2021
Q:
Are there life jackets available onboard the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:Each vessel is 100% U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada certified with life preservers and all required lifesaving equipment, including child life vests.
Apr 2021
Q:
What happens in case of bad weather during the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:Cruises sail rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard or Transport Canada, the boat will remain dockside but provide the full dining service.
Apr 2021
Q:
Will I get seasick during the Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:Most guests experience no discomfort at all as we do not leave the calm waters of the harbor. If you tend to have a problem with motion sickness, you may wish to bring Dramamine or other seasickness medication.
Apr 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan.

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Reviews

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137 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-2
Short experience
Expected_More
, Sep 2021
Had a great time. But when I purchased my the tickets the website said it was 3 hours long. We were back in TWO hours.
star-1
Get there Early
STEPHANIE_T
, Sep 2021
I booked this dinner cruise to help my husband and I get out of the pandemic doldrums... we needed something different and uplifting. We rushed to get to the Pier for the 5pm departure but due to traffic we arrived at about 5:03pm. My husband ran to the ship and I was close behind him. There were 2 staffers and they didn't speak to us, and no people were on the bridge, so we were perplexed. We asked if we could come aboard. One said nothing the other said no and began removing ropes and preparing for disembarkment. As we were talking to the guy, about 15 people arrived who also were supposed to be in the ship. They were also told they could not come aboard. Apparently 5pm was not the boarding time but the time the bridge would be drawn and doors closed! That wasn't communicated well. I admit that we were 3 minutes late but they literally looked at and talked to us for at least 10 minutes! In the end about 20 people had missed the boat and were left trying to figure out what to do. The representative at the booth said we had to go back to whomever we booked with to see if we could get the next ship or a refund. I called Viator and was told there was no way to transfer the reservation to the next ship and it would take 7-10 business days for someone to get back to me regarding a refund. It has been 10 days. I haven't heard from anyone.
star-5
Great way to spend a day in Chicago!
Anna_M
, Aug 2021
The food was deliscoius and the scenic views of the city were amazing. The crew was very friendly and the boat was very clean.
star-3
Could have spent my $ elsewhere, & had a better time !!
Kimberly_R
, Aug 2021
The Hospitality was Very Friendly and Helpful. The Food was decent. The atmosphere was not so great, boring… Restrooms were NASTY!! Not sure if I would do this experience again….
star-1
Not Worth It
Kelly_C
, Jul 2021
Don't meet at the Tiny Tavern, they have nothing to do with it. They departed late (it was raining). Tried to order bottles of wine for our party of 6 only to be told they can't find a wine opener anywhere on the boat. Took an hour and 20 mins to receive a can of truly. Our server forgot to input a different round of drinks for 30 mins. They docked the boat earlier than scheduled so we just sat on top deck docked until they told us we had to leave because they had another party coming on. We were very excited for this experience as we were celebrating a 40th birthday. It was all just very disappointing...the food, the drinks, the service, the experience. We tried to be understanding as they were understaffed but dang, not worth that kind of money.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Disappointed
Pamela_W
, Jul 2021
This excursion had such potential, but it was not managed well. The food was average…. they couldn’t find the wine closet key…the drink order was incorrect and we finally cancelled it…there was repetitive base rock music…the event was supposed to be 2.5 hours and it ended after 2 hrs… I was embarrassed because i was the one that chose and paid for 2 other couples
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Experienced Help Needed
Kylei_P
, Jul 2021
the view, music, friends, and food were good. service was absolutely terrible. we sat at our table for over an hour with no drinks. after asking for our wine 4 separate times, we were informed that there was no bottle opener on board. We ordered 3 bottles of wine. We then placed an order for separate drinks and it took an additional 30 min to receive. It was an extreme service nightmare for the price we paid for the experience..
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-2
Don't call it a Sunset Cruise at 5pm in the summertime
30at1991
, Jul 2021
Surprising to me this turned out to be an awful experience. Tiny Tavern is NOT where you get your boarding pass for "Spirit of Chicago". It's outside and 2 more kiosks down the Pier from the actual tavern. The food choices were a failure. The fish was not good, and the broccoli was too spicy hot. How do you serve mashed potatoes without a gravy. We each got Bud Light beer, then we ordered another they were sold out, so we picked the Miller. Then ordered another Miller they were sold out. The boat was not full maybe, 60 guests on the 5 pm cruise. It was disappointing. The staff was kind, and but only fairly attentive.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
What a huge disappointment
Dee
, Jun 2021
My party and I were present at 5pm and were not allowed to board the vessel. I made reservations a month in advance to celebrate my birthday. I live four 1/2 hours from Chicago and will not be back to take another cruise which is what they are offering. I will need a full refund for me and my friends. After walking all the way down Navy Pier to beard and not be able to was exasperating and very disappointing. If I am not offered a refund I will take the situation to small claims court. Horrible experience!!!!!!
4 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Rain Rain go away!!!!
Octavia_P
, Jun 2021
We were greeted & was helpful far as getting on the boat(watch your step and turn to the right walk in first door)😊 there was a mix of music so I was able to 💃 dance😍but we order drinks thru my Husband phone (pulled up drink menu) but drinks never came for at least 20 mins!!!! So we stop a waitress & she said she would help us and she did about 15 mins later!!! Looked like she was the only waitress (smh) & the food was bland!!!! No seasoning!!! Then we asked for Salt & Pepper & the Chef or the guy who stood there the whole time said there was none available! The most important part was we weren’t able to take pictures of the city because it was Raining Cats & Dogs

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