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Spirit of Chicago

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Address: 600 E Grand Ave, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611-3419
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+1 866-273-2469

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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Chicago Skyline Looks Great from the Lake

Took my wife on a Spirit of Chicago brunch cruise on Mother's Day. Weather was very good, although a jacket was helpful. A lake cruise and a brunch buffet - great combination... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tom M
Chicago, Illinois
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Naperville, Illinois, USA
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were originally booked for an architectural boat tour of Chicago. The response was too much, and the business rescheduled on Spirit of Chicago. You basically get OK food that they cannot keep up, cruise up and down the shoreline and have to sit through an hour or so of dancing to suck music. Quite the disappointment when looking forward... More 

1 Thank Dana O
Youngstown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a dinner dance cruise on Spirit when in Chicago recently with a group. We would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something to do one evening. First let me say that the staff / crew on our Spirit cruise was AMAZING !! our two servers were so personable and engaging. Everyone says hello to you,... More 

1 Thank The_5_Winks
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my wife on a Spirit of Chicago brunch cruise on Mother's Day. Weather was very good, although a jacket was helpful. A lake cruise and a brunch buffet - great combination. Took the 2:30pm cruise. Sailed from 3 to 5pm. Beautiful views of the city. Buffet and desserts were available the entire cruise, as well as a full bar.... More 

1 Thank Tom M
Santo Antonio Do Monte, MG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 December 2016

The dinner was great! The staff was very kind and friendly. The vessel is big and secure. We enjoyed a lot!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We experienced a very nice 3 hr evening dinner cruise with music and dancing while enjoying Chicago's beautiful Skyline.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We had an awesome time catching up, dancing, talking and eating! The food was great with an array of dishes to choose from and I'm sure everyone left quite satisfied!! We also had a complimentary champagne toast! The service on the vessel was nothing short of excellent!! Thank you to Ms. Fallen Armster, Restaurant Manager of the Spirit of Chicago,... More 

2 Thank JMilton2015
Carolyn C, Public Relations Manager at Spirit of Chicago, responded to this review

Hi - Reunions are one of our favorite events to host. We're so glad your group was able to come together and celebrate the success you each have achieved. Hope to see you all back for a 50th year reunion. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Overall a good time, however, the DJ only wanted to play clean versions of songs. Claimed he would take requests but didn't take any of mine.. he had a very cheesy taste in music. As a guy with a picky taste in music, the music will either make or break the environment for me. Although I wasn't too happy with... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

Took a dinner cruise with a private event. The food was surprisingly good and varied for such an event. Boat was in good condition and we went back and forth in front of the Chicago waterfront to enjoy the skyline at night. Lovely night with a near-full moon. Very good experience.

1 Thank JWK1969
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We booked a cruise on Lake Michigan for my wife's birthday. Three of the ships seem to be owned by the same company--we chose this one because we preferred a buffet to a sit-down dinner. The buffet did not disappoint. The ship was not nearly full as we took the evening cruise on a Thursday night. Staff was more than... More 

1 Thank John K
Carolyn C, Public Relations Manager at Spirit of Chicago, responded to this review

John - Chicago is gorgeous, isn't it? Glad you enjoyed the view from our boat as well as the overall experience! Thanks for your review. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Went with 42 of my friends and had an awesome evening and dinner. A great way to see the city at sunset and after dark. It is a little on the spendy side. Cash bar only.

1 Thank Brenda L

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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.
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