Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise
Plan to board the vessel 60 minutes prior to cruise departure.
Appropriate attire is dressy-casual (nice slacks and collared shirts). T-shirts, jeans, shorts, flip-flops and sneakers are not allowed. Dress code is enforced.
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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.
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.