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Address: 600 E. Grand Avenue, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone Number: +1 866-273-2469
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The Spirit of Chicago delivers the most entertaining and unique combination...

The Spirit of Chicago delivers the most entertaining and unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and spectacular views. Groups up to 600 will enjoy buffet dining, an interactive cruise emcee, dance music and incredible skyline views – all for one affordable price. The Spirit of Chicago offers a unique space for any event or celebration. Perfect for client entertaining, group parties, networking events, socials & more! Private space and customized cruises available. Cruising year-round from Navy Pier.

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Went on the dinner buffet cruise. They had plenty of fresh food. The night views were amazing. I am posting the pictures of the Navy Pier ferris wheel at night. The parking for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 31, 2015
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Palatine, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went on this cruise for a work event. The views were great and I liked the open bar but that was about it. The food selection was very slim. What they did have was fairly tasty but nothing memorable. The dj played dated music. We went on a Wednesday night for the fireworks. You cant beat the view from... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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115 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We’re not usually fans of New Year’s Eve but as we were visiting Chicago, rather than walking around the cold streets at night, thought we’d book something different. It was reasonably easy to book, figuring out what was included the ‘drinks package’ was a bit difficult but the ‘online advisors’ were helpful. We arrived an hour before departure (the boat... More 

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Mokena, Illinois
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76 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Went on an afternoon lunch cruise this past summer. Food and drinks were great. Choice of decks to dine in so you can have quiet, some music, or a bit of funk if you are up for it. We will do this again even though I hate going to the city. Get tickets early. Paying for the window seating is... More 

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Kouts, Indiana
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Went on the Spirit of Chicago cruise for lunch to celebrate our 46 th anniversary! Had a great time the food and service was excellent. They put rose petals on our table and offered us champagne! They even announced our anniversary. This cruise was during the Air Show. We were able to see the planes come and go and do... More 

Thank JiB419
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150 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Went on the dinner buffet cruise. They had plenty of fresh food. The night views were amazing. I am posting the pictures of the Navy Pier ferris wheel at night. The parking for this cruise is tough. The event is pricey as well.

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Bridgewater MA
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106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

This cruise is basically a canned narrative of what you will see on the lake. It leaves from navy pier. We got some amazing pictures and given the time of year it was relatively quiet. If you are looking for a nice water cruise to observe the skyline this is for you. If you want to learn more about Chicago... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We booked on line a Saturday 3 hour dinner cruise (7 pm - 10 pm). We paid extra for guaranteed window, 4 drink tickets and the romance package (table for 2, half dozen roses and bottle of champagne). Our total was $486.81. We were offered a complimentary glass of champagne when we were seated and a celebration parfait dessert to... More 

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Frankfort, Illinois
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128 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

I took my husband and our two toddlers on a dinner cruise for my husband's birthday. Everything ran smoothly. The staff was friendly, the food was good, and the entertainment was great. Everyone was very professional. We especially enjoyed going to the top deck to view the city as we sailed. During the fireworks show, they ship played music coordinated... More 

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EntertainmentCruises, Public Relations Manager at Spirit of Chicago, responded to this review

Hi - Our fireworks cruises are one of the most epic! We're so glad you enjoyed the show and your cruise with us! Thanks for the review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Labor Day weekend was busy in Chicago, we decided to take my Aunt Lois for a Sunday Brunch aboard the Spirit of Chicago for her 60th B-Day. City was packed and the traffic was jammed. We were in 3 separate vehicles trying to get to the navy pier. I was the first to arrive at the pier and the remaining... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

Fun from beginning to end! The food was great! Our server Danny was exceptional! DJ and music upbeat and fun! Captain and crew very accommodating! And whats not to like about the beautiful view! We will be doing this cruise again!

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Staying in Streeterville

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Streeterville is where visitors head for play at Navy Pier, a pseudo amusement park and development of restaurants, shops, rides, and other activities. You’ll find lots of action and excitement on the docks. Along the pier, you’ll see the statue of the captain for whom Streeterville is named. While you enjoy your fair share of sightseeing at the pier, you can also visit other popular attractions there such as the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Off the pier you’ll find more restaurants from low-cost pubs to high-end establishments. Arts and culture aficionados should be sure not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art.