Chicago Gourmet Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan

Chicago, USA
Chicago Dinner Cruise
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take a gourmet dinner cruise on a high-end luxury yacht with the stunning skyline of Chicago serving as your backdrop. Climb aboard your recently renovated vessel, featuring a sumptuously-appointed rooftop lounge and stylish interior design, for your cruise along Lake Michigan. Then sit down for a 3-course dinner, informed by some of the world’s top celebrity chefs and composed of fresh ingredients cooked right on-board. After dinner, enjoy coffee and tea, captivating views of Chicago landmarks like the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and Navy Pier, plus musical entertainment provided by the onboard DJ.
  • Chicago dinner cruise on Lake Michigan aboard a newly renovated luxury vessel
  • Enjoy freshly prepared, distinctive 3-course dinner
  • Dance to the on board DJ entertainment
  • Admire spectacular Chicago skyline views from the rooftop lounge
  • View the Chicago Lakefront for iconic landmarks including Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, and more

What's Included

  • Two and a half to three hour dinner cruise on Lake Michigan
  • 3-course plated dinner with attentive tableside service
  • Unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and water
  • Guaranteed table for your party size
  • On board DJ entertainment and dance floor
  • Service charges, local taxes and fees
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

    Boarding: Navy Pier. Parking: City Cruises does not own or operate any parking lots in the area. Local parking is available at 600 E Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60611 for our Navy Pier Departures. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois St. and 403 E. Grand Ave. (one block from Navy Pier).

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Spend an exceptional evening cruising the shoreline of Chicago onboard a luxury yacht, admiring the city’s striking architecture as you enjoy a gourmet 3-course dinner. It’s the perfect way to spend a festive evening living it up with friends, family, or that special someone during your time in Chicago.

Make your way to Navy Pier on the evening of your cruise, making sure to dress to impress for this festive evening. As you make your way through this famous entertainment complex, enjoy the bustling mix of pedestrians, street performers, and lakeshore views found at this famous pier.

Then step on board your yacht to begin your unforgettable evening. Receive a personal welcome from the captain and crew as you climb aboard. You’ll also have your picture taken by the ship's photographer to help capture the moment. Then follow your host as you’re whisked to your private table for your meal. The servers will introduce themselves and offer you the chance to decide how you’d like them to pace your meal.

Your evening’s menu consists of a collection of seasonally-selected hors d’oeuvres, entrées, side dishes, and desserts, each of which is freshly created on board the ship each day. See the Itinerary below for full details. Pair your dinner with a drink from the full-service bar, offering a variety of craft beers, unique cocktails, and wine list (at your own expense). Musical entertainment is provided by the onboard DJ, who will keep things lively with a mix that covers everything from classic jazz to more contemporary hits.

When you have a few moments, make sure to explore the ship’s luxurious design and amenities. Ranging from the temperature-controlled dining area to the Observation deck, you’re sure to notice the vessel’s attention to detail and unique art deco interior accents, most of which pay homage to the classic ocean liners of yesteryear. Make sure to also stop by the Captain’s bridge, an area that’s open to all guests for the majority of the cruise.

Chicago Fireworks Dinner Cruise:

In the summer months, upgrade your Chicago Dinner Cruise experience to include a spectacular fireworks display on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and select Thursday's and Fridays. You will observe the show from the decks of the ship and see the magnificent sky lit up at night.

Shedd Aquarium (Pass By)

Navy Pier (Pass By)

Chicago Skyline (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • All interior areas of the ship are non-smoking. Guests who smoke may do so on the outdoor observation decks only
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • View the spectacular 30-minute pyro-musical program fireworks display with the world famous Chicago Skyline as a backdrop for your unforgettable evening.
  • Firework Schedule from Memorial Day - Labor Day
  • Wednesday 9:30pm
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Saturday 10:15pm
  • Dress Code:
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Odyssey can be your opportunity to dress up. For women, cocktail wear, a dress, or dressy-casual attire is appropriate. For men, collared shirts and dress pants are recommended. Dressier jeans are acceptable. However, casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes, or flip flops are discouraged.
  • Seating is only guaranteed together for the number of tickets confirmed on this voucher. Reservations may not be combined.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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    Q:Where is the departure point for the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

    A:The Premier Dinner Cruise departs from Navy Pier: 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611.

    Apr 2021

    Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

    A:Local Parking is available at 600 E Grand Ave. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois St. and 403 E. Grand Ave. (one block from Navy Pier.) There may be a fee for parking.

    Apr 2021

    Q:Is the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan handicap accessible?

    A:Yes. Please be sure to notate any special needs or requests in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

    Apr 2021

    Q:Are there any age restrictions on the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

    A:There are no age restrictions. Children ages 3-12 enjoy a discount rate and infants under 3 years old go free as lap children.

    Apr 2021

    Q:Are there high chairs available for my child during the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

    A:Yes, high chairs are available for use during the dinner cruise.

    Apr 2021

    Q:How should I dress for the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

    A:Business to dressy casual attire is recommended. For men, slacks or khaki pants and a collared shirt with or without a jacket; for women, slacks or skirts with a collared shirt or dress. Please no jeans, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, or gym shoes.

    Apr 2021

    Q:How early should I check in for the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

    A:Boarding time is 30 minutes prior to departure.

    Apr 2021

    Q:Can I smoke on board the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

    A:Smoking is allowed on the outside decks only. Please dispose of all refuse in proper receptacles. Do not throw anything into the water. Please help us keep our harbors clean.

    Apr 2021

    Q:Where do we sit on the boat during the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

    A:As you board, our Captain and Marine Crew will direct you to your deck. From there the Host/Hostess will show your party to your assigned table(s). Seats are assigned based on needs and capacity for each cruise.

    Apr 2021

    Q:Are there vegetarian selections available during the Chicago Premier Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan?

    A:Yes, vegetarian options are available with notice. If you require any dietary restrictions or have food allergies, please notate them in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

    Apr 2021

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    Featured review
    Wonderful experience! Loved all of it to the staff as well very very nice . The food was delicious. The view was beautiful and with perfect weather !!!


    279 reviews
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    False advertising.
    Siani_R, Apr 2024
    The food wasn’t good. I would not recommend it. I feel that this was false advertising. I would appreciate for someone to reach out to me.
    Arturo_T, Apr 2024
    Took my wife and daughter on this experience. The staff was really friendly. Everything was well organized. Captain came by our table to welcome us on board which was a real treat. The 3 course dinner was very good. Steaks were done to our personal satisfaction. Overall it was a great and satisfying experience!
    Terrible experience, poor service, disgusting food, dangerous for people with allergies
    Jessica_C, Apr 2024
    Everyone served drinks and appetizers 45 minutes before our table of two. When everyone else was eating their main dish, our drinks and appetizers and main dish came out all at once. Food was disgusting too salty and covered in sauce, and even though we told them ahead of time in the online reservations and at the table my son has a deadly treenut allergy they plopped a plate covered in pistachios in front of him. I told them about my soy allergy, and was reassured there was no soy in my dinner. About a quarter of the way in I became very ill and was sick all night. Very expensive for a terrible experience.
    Beautiful time on the lake !!
    Clifford_B, Apr 2024
    The look on my date face when we arrived at the boat. THEstaff welcomed us with open arms.. I was very impressed
    Good experience
    Angela_A, Mar 2024
    We had a great time. The food was great. The music was too loud but overall a great experience. Thanks.
    Outstanding Experience
    Michael_D, Nov 2023
    Have the experience with my lovely wife and cousin celebrating our birthdays!Rhe food was delicious and music was on point with DJ Patrick!
    Terrible refund please
    Saunsaree_G, Oct 2023
    I was expecting way more for $500 my server was very rude and kept bringing our food wrong. Our food was served with dirty dishes. One of the servers pushed me and didn’t even apologize. It was just a mess I would like to request a refund.
    Mother nature wins
    Barbra_P, Oct 2023
    Once we boarded we were told that due to weather we would not be taking the cruise. It was mother nature the prevented the cruise to be canceled however we did eat which was delicious however unfortunately no lake cruise
    Not good experience
    felipe_v, Oct 2023
    There’s no memorables parts because the cruise did not navigate due to windy day. I would like a full refund since the service was not as promised
    Lovely Solo Evening
    MaryAnne_S, Oct 2023
    Sara and LeJohn (La Jon?) great servers. Made my nite. Weather was so so and the staff suggested a walk up to the observation deck, cold but worthwhile.
    Yolanda_K, Oct 2023
    We had a wonderful time, diffently will book again, we celebrated my wife's birthday and she loved it. Thanks
    A Romantic Anniversary
    Sidney_C, Oct 2023
    This was an amazing experience to celebrate an anniversary! The directions on where to go once you got to Navy Pier weren’t great, so we talked to a City Cruises ticket booth and she told us where to go. The boat was called Odyssey. The staff on the boat were amazing! They offered to take our pictures and let us move tables when ours was a little wobbly even though we didn’t ask! The appetizer and dessert were amazing! They even wrote “Happy Anniversary” on the plate. The entrée was still good, but not as good at the other two courses. You can go to the observation deck whenever you want during the 2 and a half hours. Towards the end of the cruise, we joined many of the guest on the dancer floor! The DJ kept the good music going throughout the whole cruise!
    Levin_J, Sep 2023
    Great 👍 staff 👏 👍 👌 wife and I had a great pre anniversary 👍 everyone was very nice had a great time it was a great choice first-time
    My friend dancing and...
    Tari_H, Sep 2023
    My friend dancing and taking pictures of Chicago sky line. The food was excellent as was the staff. The atmosphere was relaxing. The DJ was personal as was the other dinning staff.
    The view was awesome....
    Breanne_M, Aug 2023
    The view was awesome. Unfortunately our service wasn't the best but still worth it. Chicago is a really beautiful city
    Highly Disappointed
    Teri_G, Aug 2023
    I purchased 4 tickets over a month and a half ago. We traveled from both LA and KY to enjoy this cruise as a graduation celebration, but as we arrived to the dock the boat pulling away. The crew members saw us and continued to depart. After calling the Boat company, they stated that Vistor should have instructed us to be on site at 6:30 instead of what the ticket listed which was 7:30pm. This was a very costly event and I have submitted a refund request because this experience was highly disappointing and we were only in Chicago for 2 nights.
    Deeply Underwhelming food
    Terrell_P, Aug 2023
    Though the night was fun, the city skyline did the heavy lifting. The core complain has to do with the food quality , after spending $200 , you can easily do better food wise for 1/10th the cost. I ordered the steak and it was commiserate with a salsbury frozen dinner. The meat was tough and dry , the flavor left a lot to be desired. I’ll leave it at that, there needs to be a serious look into improving the food / drinks on offer it simply does not measure up considering the upfront investment.
    Great way to celebrate any occasion
    connie_G, Aug 2023
    My party was a success. Celebrated my fiancé’s 60 th birthday was a huge event. Thanks to odyssey dinner cruise made it a success. We Al had a great time and great food.
    Great view
    Aaron_N, Aug 2023
    I have Never been on boat and this was a Great view of the Chicago skyline, and when the Sun sets along the skyline it was a sight to see, the Boat is great and the food was great as well, well worth
    Great Time!
    Abel_B, Aug 2023
    This was my first time and let me just say it did not disappoint! Had an awesome time and the atmosphere was so great as well!! The Captain and his crew do a great job! The views are beautiful and the food is Devine!

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    -You will not receive a refund if you cancel.

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