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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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Beautiful views, good food, OK music

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... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2016
Alan G
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Santo Antonio Do Monte, MG
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6 reviews
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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!

Thank mcn35
Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 6 November 2016

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

Thank marcus_1986_travel
Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

1 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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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 

Thank Alan G
Duluth, Minnesota
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357 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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.

Thank JWK1969
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 

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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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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.

Thank Brenda L
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Not worth the price. A variety of music is not played to be enjoyed by all. Seems like the DJ's doesn't know the music they are playing that is in Spanish (not popular music). Toddlers were on the dance floor bumping into guests. The parents nor the cruise management did nothing about it. Carpet smelled seemed not be cleaned in... More 

Thank juanitar455
Franklin Park, Illinois
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333 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 683 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We decided to see the air and water show on the Spirit Of Chicago. First off when you get on the boat, they take you picture and then you are kind of on your own, no one told us really which deck to proceed to. Once on the level we were seated in a row of tables so close to... More 

2 Thank drw2112
Carolyn C, Public Relations Manager at Spirit of Chicago, responded to this review

Hi - We're so sorry that your experience with us wasn't a good one. We'd love to spend some time talking to you about the specific cruise you we're on so we can better investigate what went wrong. If you have a moment, please reach out to Kelly at KKalseth@entertainmentcruises.com. We're very thankful for your feedback. Thanks! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

We wanted to do something different on our trip- 4 friends meeting up for a weekend in Chicago. And we came across the brunch cruise. Not sure what to expect, but feeling as though the price was good considering brunch AND cruise were involved, we decided to try it last weekend. It was perfect! Wonderful views, nice selection of food... More 

Thank aaronstew

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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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