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Chicago: Gourmet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner River Cruise

4.7 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: City Cruises

Chicago: Gourmet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner River Cruise

Activity provider: City Cruises

From US$ 143.34 per person

Enjoy views of Chicago's riverfront architecture as you cruise along the Chicago River. Admire the scenery from the ship's glass-enclosed dining area. Choose between a lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch.

About this activity

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This activity is non-refundable
Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy a relaxing food cruise along the Chicago River
  • Experience uninterrupted views of Chicago's riverfront architecture
  • Savor a celebrity-chef inspired meal, freshly prepared on board
  • Learn about some of the architectural highlights along the way
  • View the Navy Pier fireworks on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer
Full description

Enjoy a fine dining experience on the Chicago River while admiring unparalleled riverfront views on this city cruise trip. Explore the beautiful Chicago Riverwalk when boarding the boat. Be welcomed aboard by the crew as the ship's photographer captures the moment. Arrive early for your cruise, dressed to impress. Be escorted to your table in the dining area. With its gorgeous glass-enclosed design, enjoy Chicago's incredible architecture from your seat. Savor a delicious meal prepared freshly on board. You can also buy a cocktail from the bar. To add to your enjoyment, the dinner cruise includes music by an onboard DJ. During the lunch and brunch cruises, listen to informative commentary on some of the architectural highlights along the river. On Wednesday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer, enjoy the Navy Pier fireworks display.

Sample Dinner Menu

Choice of starter: Caesar salad, lobster soup

Choice of main course: Jumbo lump crab cakes, maple, and mustard glazed chicken breast, braised beef short rib, jumbo forest mushroom ravioli Choice of dessert: Eli’s original cheesecake, duo seasonal sorbet, chocolate decadent cake, odyssey signature warm butter cake

Sample Brunch Menu Choice of starter: Caesar salad, Scottish smoked salmon toast, Greek yogurt, and granola parfait, fresh blueberries and strawberries Choice of main course: Cannellini bean shakshuka, maple, and mustard glazed chicken breast, scrambled eggs, raisin and cinnamon french toast

Choice of dessert: Eli's New York-style cheesecake, tres con leche flan, triple chocolate mud pie, freshly cut fruit, and fresh strawberries Sample Lunch Menu

Starter: Caesar Salad

Choice of main course: Jumbo forest mushroom ravioli, maple, and mustard glazed chicken breast, oven-baked Atlantic salmon fillet, braised beef short rib

Choice of dessert: Eli's New York-style cheesecake, freshly cut fruit, and fresh strawberries, duo of sorbet

  • 2-hour cruise
  • 3-course meal
  • Unlimited coffee, hot tea, and iced tea
  • Onboard DJ (for dinner cruises)
  • Architectural narration (for lunch and brunch cruises)
  • Navy Pier fireworks (on Wednesdays and Saturdays)
  • Service fee
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Photos (available to purchase)

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Meeting point

Please check-in at the dockside 'City Cruises' kiosk on the Chicago River Esplanade, right in front of NBC Tower on the north side of the river, between Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Jeans
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sports shoes

Know before you go

  • Tickets for infants are free, however, make sure you select the free infant ticket option to ensure admittance on the cruise
  • There is a dress code of dressy-casual attire, casual jeans, T-shirts, athletic shoes, or flip flops are discouraged
  • In order to guarantee that your group can be seated together, please make sure to make just one reservation for your entire party. If members of your group make separate reservations, the activity provider cannot guarantee that you will be seated together
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 35 reviews

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When we boarded it was drizzling and the crew made sure that we were safe. Once seated they started serving drinks and explained the different positions of the boat. The food was great, and you had three choices to choose from. As we proceeded on the cruise the MC told us about the various buildings, location and some history. We were able to walk around and view the sights from outside the cabin. the length of the trip was just right.

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October 15, 2022

I did the lunch tour with my colleagues and it was a very nice event to do as a team. Between the 10 of us, we tried all the lunch options and not one person complained. As a matter of fact, we were very impressed at how delicious it all was. Our server was fantastic and the cruise itself was very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend as a work or family outing. Well worth the price.

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July 20, 2022

Great venue. Hosts and wow it staff were amazing.

November 13, 2022

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