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Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

Activity provider:Wendella Tours & Cruises
Water activity

Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

Activity provider:Wendella Tours & Cruises
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From US$ 42 per person

Likely to sell out

Watch the sun slowly set behind the city from the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan on this serene and romantic cruise. Toast the end of the day with a glass of wine, ice-cold beer or hand-crafted cocktail.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Enjoy the sun setting behind the Chicago Skyline
  • Cruise the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan
  • Journey through the legendary Chicago Lock that links the Chicago River with Lake Michigan
  • Skip the ticket line and guarantee your spot on this popular tour
  • Enjoy a full-service cash bar with local beer and spirits, and Garrett’s Popcorn
Full description

Relax as you glide over the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan on this cruise. Enjoy the glow of the sunset on Chicago's sparkling skyline. Have the option to purchase delectable drinks and snacks at the onboard bar as you sail.

Start your sunset cruise on the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue. Make your way along the main branch of the river towards Lake Michigan before entering the Chicago Locks, a modern engineering marvel, that will transfer the vessel onto the great Lake Michigan. The vessel will cruise along Lake Michigan as the sun sets behind the wonderful skyline offering several amazing views. Your local tour guide will give a very brief commentary along the Chicago River and entrance to Lake Michigan, but most of the 1.5-hour cruise is spent without narration, leaving you to watch the sun put on a beautiful display with the City skyline. Admire the many angles of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world. Capture magical views of Chicago's twin super-skyscrapers, the famous Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the John Hancock Building. You'll also get to admire the majesty of Grant Park with its famous Buckingham Fountain, and iconic Chicago venues such as Soldier’s Field, Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium. During your cruise, treat yourself at the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products. Try local beer and spirits and Garrett’s Popcorn. Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. Don’t forget to take a selfie at the Grand Staircase at the front of the boat or pose for photos at the picturesque stern or bow of this classic vessel.

  • 1.5-hour sunset cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan
  • Choice of outdoor deck or indoor, climate-controlled seating
  • Live commentary by a local guide
  • Drinks and snacks (available for purchase onboard)
  • Tips

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Meeting point

The closest address to most docks is 400 N Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 (near the Wrigley Building). From there you can check in with a dock employee who can direct you to your boarding area. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure time to be directed to your dock.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Passengers can bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and food
  • Children under 4 years of age are free
  • Boarding commences approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time
  • Seats on the decks are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • All bags are subject to search
  • Vessels include restrooms with diaper changing tables, cash bar, and climate control
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 318 reviews

Review summary

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Due to the quality of the sound system, couldn't understand the tour guide very well. Questions were invited but would have preferred more interesting information be shared than jokes. Had hoped to tour more of the river than sit out on the lake. Good photo opps of city skyline.

October 24, 2022

Visitors from other cities will enjoy this tour. Finding the location to get on the boat was a task! The parking garage where you are told to park is NOT CLOSE to where you dock so BE PREPARED TO EITHER WALK UBER OR WATER TAXI! ARRIVE EARLY IN CASE YOU GET LOST AND BE SURE TO ASK SOMEONE FOR HELP IF NEEDED. I'm traveled from Tennessee so Chicago (to me) was huge!! I was a wonderful cruise...great information...and WORTH IT!

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July 26, 2022

It was really nice and relaxing. Great views. If you purchase anything on the boat, it’s expensive. The experience was nice but overcrowded. They did a good job of turning around so each side could see both views if you were on the bottom deck. It took a little while waiting in the dam part which was a decent part of the time.

July 25, 2022

Product ID: 386902