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Chicago Signature Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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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
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).

This activity will end right where it started.
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 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
  • OPERATED BY City Experiences
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.

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

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star-5
Birthday
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
star-5
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!
star-3
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.
star-5
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!
star-2
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.
star-2
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
star-2
Waste of money
Cedric_C
, Aug 2022
I was expecting entertainment like what was advertised. The music wasn’t good at all. The service was poor. I used the restroom soon after getting on the boat and the bathrooms looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in about a week. The floors were very dirty. We spent $300.00 expecting to have a great time celebrating our anniversary and was very disappointed. The food was ok.
star-3
The service could have...
Deon_J
, Aug 2022
The service could have been a bit better. The drinks also were not good. One guy didn’t know what was even going on or where to sit us. The drinks we ordered were watered down. A Mexican mule and a strawberry margarita.
star-3
Not totally satisfied with the experience.
Larry_H
, Aug 2022
The cruise was not as long as promoted. It was promoted to be a 3 hour cruise. It was only a hour in a half. I (we) were Very disappointed about that. By the time we were ready to emteract with others the cruise was over😡😡😡
star-2
Deceptive offer. Make sure you find and read the fine print!
Grisette_R
, Aug 2022
Their experience is described as a 3 hour dinner cruise.. In fine print somewhere it says “2 hours on Sunday”. This is horrific practice! We only found out because as they were returning the vessel to port at about the 2 hour mark, people began complaining and looking for their tickets to show proof that we purchased a 3 hour experience. One person found the fine print statement and outrage ensued. We all paid the same rate for a 2 hour experience as is provided for the 3 hour. The term “Bait and switch” and “con” were used and people began to vocalize that they would share this on social media and with the BBB. Extremely dissatisfied.
star-1
The cruise boat crew were...
William_T
, Aug 2022
The cruise boat crew were rude. They were sending us from one cruise to another, when we go to the other cruise they will send us right back. Until it left us. So we couldn't have the experience we were looking forward to have.
star-2
Feeling cheated
Kevin_H
, Aug 2022
You’re right only lasted about an hour and 45 minutes and he told us he was supposed to be three hours
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Experience
Angela_I
, Jul 2022
It was such a mice evening on the lake. The food was great and the staff was so nice and very attentive.
star-2
Not what expected
Yanette_U
, Jul 2022
The dinner cruise shows a maximum of 3 hours and it did not last more than 2 hours. I paid full price for 3 children and it only lasted an hour and a half. The boarding time was at 6 and we didn’t leave until past 6:30 pm. We arrived way before 8
star-3
Rushed Experience
Destinee_Y
, Jul 2022
The boat did not stay out until 9 like listed in the details. Some of the staff was rude and the experience felt rushed. Our family made the best of it but we had more fun on the pier after, than on the boat.
star-1
Such a disappointment
Aigerim_M
, Jul 2022
It was a rip-off. First of all, we were promised to have 2.5 hours cruise, but it was only 1.20 hours at most. We boarded the ship at 6:40 pm instead of 6pm and got back to Navy Pier at 8 pm. Second, the food was so so, there was no good variety of food and was not enough for everyone on the board, and soft drinks were not included, we paid $30 for 6 order of coke. So $123 it did not worth that experience! Very disappointed.
star-2
Save your money if you’re looking to eat
Lynetta_L
, Jul 2022
Very unorganized and directions to the boat is not clear. I spent 20 minutes walking the pier looking for the correct boat. Once I located the boat I had to wait in line to get a printed ticket. I printed my ticket at home but apparently you have to have one from the ticket box. Please arrive early to make sure you have enough time to retrieve the ticket. The lady took ten minutes looking for my ticket, which was already printed. The food was not good and they ran out of bread. I was unable to eat anything. However, the desserts were good. My group was seated with the wrong group. The staff tried to move us multiple times after we we advised we could keep the seats we were finally sat at. Once we went down for food the staff cleared the table so we had to wait for utensils and ask for cups to drink out of. We had to ask multiple people for something other than water to drink. The views were nice, the cruise is two hours and thankfully there was a fun group aboard. The Dj played music that catered to the crowd and most danced.
star-4
A wonderful, relaxing and fun time!
KyungJa_O
, Jul 2022
Location of our table felt private. Being on the water & the view. The food was good. Music wasn’t blaring. Very clean. Good & friendly crew.
star-3
Good experience few changes needed to make it Great!
Leslieann_R
, Jul 2022
Trip was fun once we got going. 1st issue the email needs to be clear ref print copy before trip. Staff does not have scanner to enter boat, which delayed by 20 minutes until Mgr took over from having cust agt print out passengers copy. 2nd we left 620pm return 810pm short time 6-9pm incorrect. 3rd not enough desert for everyone on ship. 4th needs upgrades not USB or outlets if passengers need to charge accessories. Overall staff was great, warm, feiendly and DJ was awesome. Got passengers up and on dance floor until time cut short 745pm to get to de-board.
star-3
Great views if you can find your ship
David_N
, Jul 2022
The start was rough. No one could find which ship to board since the passes did not match the vessel description. 1/2 mile pier hike found us unable to board since the ticket counter was not open. Even though we prepaid and had a scannable ticket we could not board. At least 20 people were very frustrated. Crew was not helpful by stating “it is what it is.” Food and drinks were ok. Staff inside were friendly. The reason it wasn’t lower than a 3 starr is because the views and weather were amazing.

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