Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise
For groups of all sizes, a Spirit Cruise is the venue that delivers a memorable experience where guests will have fun from start to finish. We offer a unique perspective of the city, a warm, friendly atmosphere and ways for guests to define their own fun. This means groups can kick back, connect with each other and see a new side of the city aboard Spirit – where life’s decked out.
Enjoy a freshly prepared buffet-style meal. You'll be able to pick and choose what you would like to enjoy from a selection of salads, entrees, sides, and desserts.
Enjoy breathtaking views of Chicago and other sites around the area from the observation deck as well as the panoramic-style windows in the interior of the ship.
Start Location: 600 E Grand Ave , Chicago, IL, 60611
Start Location Notes: Self-Parking Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611 We recommend you park in the West Parking Garage near door 10 to most easily access Spirit of Chicago. For the most current parking rates, visit Navy Pier Garages
Start Location Direction: Driving From the South: Take the Dan Ryan Expressway West to Lake Shore Dr. North. Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the Southwest: Take Interstate 55 North (Stevenson) to Lake Shore Dr. North. Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the Far Southwest: Follow Interstate 57 North to the Dan Ryan Expressway West. Go to Lake Shore Dr. North Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the Southeast: Take 90/94 West (Dan Ryan Expressway) to Lake Shore Dr. North. Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the North: Take 90/94 East (Kennedy) to Ohio St. Exit. Turn right on Fairbanks/Columbus Dr. Turn left on Illinois St. to Navy Pier From the Northeast: Take Lake Shore Dr. South to the Grand Ave./Illinois St. exit. Turn left on Illinois St. to Navy Pier CTA Navy Pier is served by several bus lines from the Loop, including: 29-State 56-Milwaukee 65-Grand 66-Chicago routes
Covid 19 Safety Measures
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
Cancellation Policy: none
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: We regret there are no refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. We cruise year-round, rain or shine. In the rare event the Coast Guard prohibits cruising because of weather, we will contact you to make other arrangements.
Guests are required to have a voucher as proof of purchase. The voucher should include the guest's name, their confirmation number, information about confirming their reservation, information about exchanging their vouchers, and any other necessary details listed on this document.
Tickets will be held at the box office
Payment. What type of payment do you accept?
PLEASE NOTE: Only credit cards will be accepted for additional on-board purchases.
Accessibility. Is the ship handicap accessible?
Yes. The Spirit has a deck and restrooms that can accommodate most standard-sized wheelchairs. Our crew is happy to aide passengers that need assistance. Please call 888-345-6660 to discuss any accessibility concerns and ensure that you are seated on an accessible deck.
Boarding. What is "Boarding Time" and "Cruising Time"?
"Boarding Time" is the earliest you and your guests may board the ship. You are free to board any time after that up until the "Cruise Time." The ship will leave port at the "Cruise Time." We recommend allowing plenty of time for parking and getting to the ship. The ship leaves promptly at the listed “Cruise Time” and passengers will not be able to board once the ship sets sail.
Boarding Procedures. What should I expect?
You will be asked to show your ticket. In accordance with US Coast Guard Regulation, all passengers and their belongings being brought on to our vessels are subject to search and screening. In order to expedite the boarding process we ask that you please do not bring any unnecessary bags on board and please make sure that all gifts are in gift bags or unwrapped for easy screening.
Children. Are there any age requirements?
Children are welcome on almost all our cruises. Children under 3 are complimentary and a 40% discount is offered for children between the ages of 3 and 12 on select lunch. Discounts may not be offered on select specialty cruises.
Coast Guard Regulations. Is the vessel Coast Guard certified?
Yes. The Spirit of Chicago is Coast Guard certified and maintained regularly to adhere to strict safety regulations.
Dietary Restrictions. Do you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Please check our menu for our vegetarian options. While we offer gluten and allergy free products and gluten sensitive menu items, we openly handle several allergens throughout our galleys. While we take precautions to keep ingredients separate, we cannot guarantee a gluten free environment. We do not have separate prep surfaces, cook tops or equipment. Our chef prepare and cook in common areas with shared equipment, therefore the items may come in contact with other food products. If you have any other special dietary concerns, please contact your event planner or guest services at 866-273-2469.
Phones. Will my cell phone work on the cruise?
We typically cruise up to one mile off the shoreline where most cell phones still get service. For the comfort of all guests, we ask that cell phone use be limited to the observation deck.
Refund Policy. What is your refund policy?
We regret there are no refunds or exchanges. All sales are final. We cruise rain or shine all year long. In the rare event the Coast Guard prohibits cruising because of weather, we will contact you to make other arrangements.
Rescheduling Policy. What is your rescheduling policy?
All cruise tickets are non-refundable.
Seasickness. Will I get seasick?
It's unlikely. The Spirit of Chicago is one of the largest and most stable cruise ships on the Chicago waterfront. On rare occasions when the water is very rough, our Captain will sail the vessel within the breakwater area.
Smoking. What is your smoking policy?
All interior areas of our ship are non-smoking areas. Passengers who smoke may do so on the outdoor observation decks.
Tickets. Where can I pick up the cruise tickets?
Your tickets will be at the Spirit of Chicago Ticket Booth, located next to the ship. For your convenience you can pick up your tickets 30 minutes prior to boarding.
Weather. Do you sail in inclement weather?
Spirit of Chicago will cruise in most weather conditions all-year round. Each enclosed deck is climate controlled and the weather will not affect your cruise. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, the ship will remain dockside for the length of the event.