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  • Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

    1. Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

    Climb aboard a state-of-the-art cruise vessel for a 60- or 75-minute cruise of all three branches of the Chicago River, and marvel at the architecture that has made the city so legendary. Get an insight into the buildings and engineering of a city that gave birth to the skyscraper and is the spiritual home of modern American architecture. Your expert guide will lead you down the Chicago River to uncover hidden gems, as well the city’s most renowned landmarks, such as the John Hancock building, Trump Tower, and more. Relax with a glass of something cold from the cash bar, as you cruise the Windy City’s waterway, and learn its status as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

    we certainly learned a lot on the boat. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable and the whole crue made us feel welcomed . i will recommend this short boat ride to anyone interested in history and architecture.

  • Chicago: Lake Michigan Buffet Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    2. Chicago: Lake Michigan Buffet Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

    See the sights of Chicago from onboard the Spirit of Chicago with a 2-hour (brunch and lunch) or 3-hour (dinner) cruise on Lake Michigan. Enjoy a buffet dining experience as you sail through the Windy City, and delight in panoramic views of the city's famous skyline. Board your vessel at Navy Pier and receive a personal greeting. Have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory before being seated at your private table. Once there, gorge on your brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet consisting of creative prepared fresh daily, and listen to the onboard DJ's tunes. After your meal, play games like giant Jenga and shuffleboard, or bust out some moves on the dance floor. Don't forget to visit any of the 3 climate-controlled decks to watch the skyscrapers of Chicago's distinctive skyline glide by. SAMPLE BRUNCH BUFFET MENU Early Risers Se...

    We left a bit late, so didn’t get the full time on the cruise. It would be nice if we could view the food that will be offered when we make the reservation. The food could have been better.

  • Chicago's Greatest Hits Bicycle Tour

    3. Chicago's Greatest Hits Bicycle Tour

    This tour takes you through some of Chicago's main sights by bicycle. Ride along the lakefront visiting parks and gardens as the refreshing lake breeze races across your face. Glide by Buckingham Fountain as it sprays high into the sky and reflects the sunlight. Coast through the green spaces and monuments of Millennium and Grant Parks, the Museum Campus and Burnham Harbor. As you cruise by, get a glimpse of some of the most popular attractions in Chicago while your guide shares their history and explain's the city's massive collections of historical artifacts that are unique to these world-renowned museums.  Finally, ride back as you view one of the world’s most beautiful skylines and its lovely lakefront, perfect at any time of the day.

  • Chicago: Private Architecture Tour - 3 or 6 Hours

    4. Chicago: Private Architecture Tour - 3 or 6 Hours

    Start with pickup from your hotel and meet your local tour guide, an expert on the architecture of Chicago. Travel through the city in luxury private transportation to discover its rich architectural history. See famous buildings such as the Sears Tower, The John Hancock Building, and the Wrigley Building Discover Gothic gems along the Magnificent Mile, historic brownstones, and the Frank Lloyd Wright homes of Oak Park. Enjoy a unique added value opportunity to view not only the outside but the amazing hidden interior of many of the buildings on the tour. At your discretion, make numerous stops along the tour to go to the top of the sky decks of famous skyscrapers. Walk along the Chicago River and enter the inside of buildings designed by many famous architects. This tour has several different options. Enjoy the sites of the downtown Chicago area with its many skyscrapers, amazing inte...

    We enjoyed our day with Stefan. He was friendly, knowledgeable and pleasant. With COVID restrictions and so many things not open yet, I think this made the tour a little difficult. We drove around a long time with Google Maps to find the Frank Lloyd Wright homes. I feel that guides should remember this info or have a cheat sheet to use. Otherwise, we enjoyed it. Also, upon signing up, it says someone from the local place will contact you. This did not happen. I had to email and confirm the night before that the tour was happening and the time/pick up location was correct. They should’ve reached out to me.

  • Chicago: Private Half-Day Highlights Tour with Hancock Tower

    5. Chicago: Private Half-Day Highlights Tour with Hancock Tower

    Explore Chicago, a vibrant metropolis packed with incredible history, architecture, and public art. Discover the third-largest city in the United States on a guided walking tour. Visit all of the city's major sights, such as the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Millenium Park, and Hancock Tower. Listen to stories about Chicago life from a local and find out how the city earned its nicknames. Savor a slice of deep-dish pizza at the end of your tour before your guide drops you off at Hancock Tower. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the observation deck.

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What people are saying about Navy Pier

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Very organized and staff were especially helpful. The 2 hours was a perfect amount of time to eat, visit, listen to the DJ and relax. The food was also delicious!

The ship was beautiful and well cared for. The staff was courteous and very helpful. The food was good.

I was real fun. my kids enjoyed their self. But DJ doesn’t have African music. Please include that.

The food and the music were fabulous. And the service was outstanding

The bat was not staffed week but the food was great, dj rocked