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Spirit of Chicago Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a wonderful night out aboard the Spirit of Chicago and enjoy sparkling views of Chicago’s magnificent skyline at night accompanied with sumptuous cuisine and dancing under a canopy of stars. Spirit of Chicago offers an outstanding buffet of help-yourself favourites to suit every taste and appetite, all freshly prepared on board.

Savour your culinary selections over a perfectly-paced dinner accompanied by music and a never-ending view of Chicagos magnificent lakefront with views of the citys downtown including Adler Planetarium, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), AT&T Corporate Center and the John Hancock Center. The Captain and crew will greet you as you step aboard, and the ship's photographer will record the moment for your party. Once on deck, your host will greet you and escort you to your candlelit table, where your waiter will invite you to the Grande Dinner Buffet, featuring two carving stations and a full range of entrées to suit every taste. Everything is freshly prepared in our shipboard galley and served in the true manner of an ocean-going cruise buffet.

After dinner, take your drinks topside and relax on the large outdoor patio while Chicagos magnificent skyline spreads before you in all directions. Its the perfect pause before the pulsing beat of Spirits dance tunes entices you onto the dance floor. Spirits dinner cruises spotlight some of the hottest DJs in the city and for nearly two hours, theyll spin your favourite tunes from various genres and styles and let you rock til you dock.

Grande Buffet Dinner Menu (subject to change)

  • Organic Mixed Field Greens (Grape Tomatoes, English Cucumbers, Carrots, Corn, Kidney Beans, American Cheddar Cheese, Herb Croutons, House-made Ranch Dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Low-Fat Italian Dressing
  • Organic Spinach & Kale Salad (Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese, Red Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Lemon & Oregano Dressing
  • Roasted Red Beet Salad (Pickled Shallots, Fresh Mint, Italian Parsley)
  • Mediterranean Couscous and Chickpea Salad (Scallions, Plum Tomatoes, Cumin & Paprika Vinaigrette
  • Orza & Bay Shrimp Salad (Scallions, English Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes
  • Oven Baked North Atlantic Sole Filet (Tomato, Shallot & Caper Sauce)
  • Honey & Sesame Chicken (Scallions, Fresno Chillies)
  • Whole-Roasted Pork Loin (Dijon Mustard Cream Sauce)
  • Braised Beef Short Ribs (Baby Carrots, Cabernet Sauvignon Sauce)
  • Roasted Broccoli Florets (Toasted Garlic, Chilli Flakes)
  • Creamed Corn & Cheddar Cheese Casserole (Green Chillies, Scallions, Cilantro)
  • Baked Ziti Pasta (Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Spinach & Garlic Sauce)
  • Mashed Potatoes

*Vegetarian Entree available upon request

  • Seasonal Cut Fruit
  • Cannolis
  • Chocolate Drizzle Rice Krispy
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Strawberries & Vanilla Custard
  • Apple Cobbler

Menu subject to change

Experience Includes

  • 3 Hour cruise along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront
  • Grand Buffet Dinner Menu
  • Coffee, tea, iced tea and water
  • Entertainment and dancing

Experience Excludes

  • Alcoholic drinks - these can be purchased on board
  • Transportation to the cruise
  • Optional gratuities



Start times

6.00pm on Sundays; 7.00pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 7.00pm Saturdays. Boarding commences 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.


3 hours (2.5 hours on Sundays).

Additional information

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. It is handicap accessible and Coast Guard approved for up to 600 passengers. Amenities include full service bars, two dance floors (or staging areas), spacious bathrooms, flexible seating arrangements and huge, panoramic windows.

Please note many tables are designed for cruise style seating with other guests, reminiscent of ocean-going cruises.

Children are welcome, however a child rate is not available.

Black Out Dates:
Please note the cruise is not available on the following dates:

  • 1 January
  • 11-14 February
  • 8 April
  • 13 May
  • 17 June
  • Independence Day
  • 17-19 August
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • New Year's Eve

Terms & Conditions

  • Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier 72 hours prior to the tour date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours of tour date.