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Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

Activity provider: Wendella Tours & Cruises

Chicago: 1.5-Hour Romantic Sunset Cruise

Activity provider: Wendella Tours & Cruises
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 42 per person

Watch the sun slowly set behind the city from the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan on this serene and romantic cruise. Toast the end of the day with a glass of wine, ice-cold beer or hand-crafted cocktail.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Enjoy the sun setting behind the Chicago Skyline
  • Cruise the tranquil waters of Lake Michigan
  • Journey through the legendary Chicago Lock that links the Chicago River with Lake Michigan
  • Skip the ticket line and guarantee your spot on this popular tour
  • Enjoy a full-service cash bar with local beer and spirits, and Garrett’s Popcorn
Full description

Relax as you glide over the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan on this cruise. Enjoy the glow of the sunset on Chicago's sparkling skyline. Have the option to purchase delectable drinks and snacks at the onboard bar as you sail.

Start your sunset cruise on the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue. Make your way along the main branch of the river towards Lake Michigan before entering the Chicago Locks, a modern engineering marvel, that will transfer the vessel onto the great Lake Michigan. The vessel will cruise along Lake Michigan as the sun sets behind the wonderful skyline offering several amazing views. Your local tour guide will give a very brief commentary along the Chicago River and entrance to Lake Michigan, but most of the 1.5-hour cruise is spent without narration, leaving you to watch the sun put on a beautiful display with the City skyline. Admire the many angles of the Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world. Capture magical views of Chicago's twin super-skyscrapers, the famous Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and the John Hancock Building. You'll also get to admire the majesty of Grant Park with its famous Buckingham Fountain, and iconic Chicago venues such as Soldier’s Field, Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium. During your cruise, treat yourself at the full-service cash bar featuring authentic Chicago products. Try local beer and spirits and Garrett’s Popcorn. Choose between the fresh air of the open-air decks or enjoy the comfort of the climate-controlled interiors during your cruise. Don’t forget to take a selfie at the Grand Staircase at the front of the boat or pose for photos at the picturesque stern or bow of this classic vessel.

  • 1.5-hour sunset cruise on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan
  • Choice of outdoor deck or indoor, climate-controlled seating
  • Live commentary by a local guide
  • Drinks and snacks (available for purchase onboard)
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Arrive 15 - 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time and present your timed ticket to a uniformed employee standing at the top of the stairs at the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge at the foot of the Wrigley Building. They will guide you to the correct dock for your cruise time.

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Know before you go

  • Passengers can bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and food
  • Children under 4 years of age are free
  • Boarding commences approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time
  • Seats on the decks are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • All bags are subject to search
  • Vessels include restrooms with diaper changing tables, cash bar, and climate control
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 201 reviews

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The Sunset Cruise was excellent! It was lovely cruising out from the city on the river while it was still sunlight and seeing all the sights up close, then sailing out on Lake Michigan and seeing the other boat tourist and boaters in the distance while watching the sunset. Cruising back was gorgeous seeing everything lit up at night with the city reflections on the water. Just breathtaking!

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June 25, 2022

Me and my friends had a really nice time. The views were breathtaking. I just wish that there were less people on the boat so that everyone had a seat on the upper deck. We had a spot on the lower beck and couldn’t hear the guide talk or enjoy 360 views

March 14, 2022

A really great tour. The views were breathtaking of the city. The tour guide was a local who really knew here stuff. There's no dinner service so eat beforehand or be prepared to pay for food. It's probably for the best there isn't any, because you want to be outside seeing the views, not sitting inside eating mediocre food, anyway. It's really worth going with your spouse or significant other. Be prepared for some romantic smooching because you'll be inspired to do so. :)

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October 4, 2021

Product ID: 386902