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Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise

2 Hours
Group Activity
Mild

From (USD) $72 Per Adult / $44 Per Child

Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise

2 Hours
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      Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise

      Chicago, Illinois, USA
      From (USD) $72 Per Adult / $44 Per Child
      Highlights
      • All in one: Enjoy this luxurious cruise ship while you dine, dance and enjoy breathtaking skyline views.
      • A different kind of view: Unlike a restaurant or banquet hall, the Spirit brings the Chicago skyline to you in all its ever-changing glory.
      • Now that’s style: The Spirit of Chicago is spaciously designed with three climate-controlled interior decks, outdoor strolling decks at the bow and stern and the largest outdoor patio deck in Chicago, topside.
      About this Chicago, Illinois tour

      Chicago may be called the Windy City, but it could also be called the Daley City. After all, so much of the city's skyline and the lakefront attractions are due to the efforts of Mayor Richard J. Daley (in office from 1955 to 1976) and his son, Mayor Richard M. Daley (1989 to 2011). On this lunch cruise, you'll see the mark that the Daleys' respective visions left on the city.

      Your cruise starts at Navy Pier, the conglomeration of fun that Richard M. turned into the most popular destination in the Midwest, drawing nine million visitors each year. It's perhaps best known for its Ferris wheel, which is getting even bigger to mark the pier's 2016 centennial. Richard M. also supported Millennium Park, turning rail yards and parking lots into the second-biggest attraction in the city. The city's lakefront became more pristine under his reign as well.

      While cruising, pay attention to the city's skyline. When white flight and urban decay took hold in the 1960s, both citizens and businesses moved out from downtown. Richard J.'s defiant response was to turn Chicago (home of the world's first skyscraper in 1885) into the City of the Big Skyscrapers. Three of the country's top eight tall buildings were constructed during his reign: John Hancock Center (No. 8, built in 1969), Aon Center (No. 7, built in 1973), and Willis Tower (No. 2, formerly the tallest in the U.S., built in 1974).

      In a fitting tribute, Richard J. has a tall building in the skyline named after him: the Richard J. Daley Center. This modern building opened in 1965 as the Chicago Civic Center and was renamed to honor Daley, receiving its new moniker just a week after the long-time mayor died in office in 1976.

      Out of this world

      We take planetariums for granted today, but it wasn't that long ago that they were a huge novelty. Adler Planetarium, an attraction you can see from the Spirit of Chicago, was the first U.S. planetarium, founded in 1930. It was influential in starting the craze in this country. Today, the location continues to be a trendsetter with its adults-only Adler After Dark events, where people can learn about astronomy – and enjoy cocktails at the same time. That's one way to drink in the night sky.

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      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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