Spirit of Chicago Gospel Lunch Cruise
Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Spirit of Chicago: This elegant sailing vessel puts you in the lap of luxury. Enjoy three climate-controlled interior decks, as well as the city's largest outdoor patio deck.
- Inspirational music: Listen to live gospel singers performing just for you. You can groove to the music on the dance floor, or just sit back, relax, and let the spirit move you.
- Buffet meal: This all-you-can-eat extravaganza features freshly prepared appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. The food will please every palate, including vegetarians.
- Magnificent views: Cruise the lakefront and check out the Navy Pier, Willis Tower, Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium, and other great sights that dot the Chicago skyline.
About This Chicago Tour
Chicago is known for its music, especially jazz and the blues (and the Blues Brothers). It also has a strong gospel community and hosts an annual gospel festival. Fitting, given that many music historians give the Windy City the credit for being the birthplace of the music genre. While gospel music can trace its roots back to the sad days of slavery in the United States, the modern gospel movement started in Chicago.
Chicagoan Thomas A. Dorsey is considered the father of gospel music. A secular musician who performed barrelhouse piano under the name "Georgia Tom" in Al Capone's speakeasies, Dorsey was responsible for over 400 blues and jazz songs. But in the late 1920s, after enduring many hardships, he turned his music over to the Lord. He is responsible for writing classics like Take My Hand, Precious Lord and Peace in the Valley
On these weekend voyages, artists and groups like Ekklesia, JC, and Tecora Rogers perform inspirational music to bring a real spirit to the Spirit of Chicago weekend lunch cruises. You can enjoy a delicious meal, and then listen to the music. Dancing is strongly encouraged.
The views from this sailing vessel are as majestic as the music. Your day starts at Navy Pier, the Midwest's biggest travelers' destination. As the Spirit of Chicago sails down Lake Michigan, gaze at skyscrapers like Willis Tower, Aon Center, John Hancock Center, and Trump Tower. You'll also pass attractions like Grant Park, Millennium Park, and Shedd Aquarium. What a spirited day.
Mahalia Jackson, the "Queen of Gospel," took musical advice and toured for years with Thomas A. Dorsey. She preferred gospel because, as she once said, "I sing God's music because it makes me feel free. It gives me hope." Born in New Orleans in 1911, Jackson moved to Chicago when she was 16 and met Dorsey two years later. His Take My Hand, Precious Lord became her signature song. Jackson was actively involved with the U.S. civil rights movement, singing at both the 1963 March on Washington and at Martin Luther King's funeral.
Please make your way to Spirit of Chicago-Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Avenue, Chicago (nearest intersection Grand & N. Streeter Dr.).
Please board 60 minutes prior to cruise departure.
The Spirit has a deck and restrooms that can accommodate most standard-sized wheelchairs. Crew will assist travelers who need assistance. Let us know if you have any accessibility concerns to ensure that you are seated on an accessible deck.
Boat Tour, Food & Wine, Scenic, Music Event
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages but you must be 21 years of age and have valid ID to prove your age if you wish to drink alcohol. Children 2 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
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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