Chicago >Restaurants > Spirit of Chicago Dining Cruise
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061141.891976 -87.609616
Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side
We had a blast! – We had our son's birthday on The Spirit of Chicago. What a great time. The crew was very professional and did everything they could to make our cruise special. Make sure to give names so tickets can be given out at the booth or get them to your party in advance. I handed them out as they showed up, not the best idea. It took away from my time on the boat. The food was excellent. The bread rolls were a little stale. I would recommend that they make the cruise an hour longer. I barely had enough time to talk to all my guests before it was time to disembark. All in all it was a very special event and everyone in our party had a fun time and enjoyed themselves.
fantastic! – I took my wife on this cruise for our anniversary. It was perfect. From the food to the floor this was the best night I ever had.
Excellent Experience – I had a great time in this cruise. It was a wonderful day. The dining experience was great. Their food was fantastic and place was romantic. I will never forget this kind of experience.
Lunch Cruise on Spirit of Chicago – I was recently vacationing in Chicao with my sister and 2 other friends. We were looking for something different to do, since we make this trip once a year. So I called and booked a lunch cruise for the following day. What a wonderful experience we had! The buffet was fantastic. The staff was exceptionally accomodating. The entertainment was great. I especially liked where we were seated.....right next to the dance floor. The DJ was a fun guy, even joined us for a photo op! We are already considering upgrading to a dinner cruise next time we are in Chicago. Would recommend this cruise ship to all!
Wedding aboard the Spirit of Chicago – We wanted to have a small wedding with less than 25 people and looked into the Spirit of Chicago for our ceremony and reception. The wedding coordinators, Carrie Dunn and Susan Malen were professional, friendly and accommodated all of our needs. Everyone had a wonderful and truly memorable experience. Our party boarded the ship an hour before the rest of the ships guests. Our guests were escorted to the top deck of the ship seated for our ceremony. Everyone was then escorted to our seating area for a beautiful buffet. My floral centerpieces were displayed beautifully on all of our tables and the wedding cake was perfectly displayed in our section.Our party was able to dish up and find seating well before others were allowed to board. The DJ and entertainment staff kept the excitement alive throughout the cruise. It was a seamless and enjoyable experience. I absolutely recommend using the Spirit of Chicago if you don't want the hassle of piecing a wedding together. It was an inexpensive and completely stress free wedding. We were very happy with our entire wedding experience.
It Was A Beautiful Day – It was a beautiful day on board the Spirit of Chicago Cruise Liner.
The time was celebrative & festive. The people were lively. The food was excellent.
We were in awe of the view of the City of Chicago's Skyline while on Lake Michigan.
The weather was great as the Cruise Liner moved up & down Chicago's North and South Shore.
Chicagoland's Ministerial Alliance is looking forward to our next time together on board the Spirit of Chicago.
Dr. Michael K. Roussell, D.Min.
Chicagoland's Ministerial Alliance, CEO
Romantic Evening – I was treated here for my birthday and it turned out to be one of my best birthdays. The food was fantastic and the views and moonlight were beautiful from the lake.
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE – I took my husband on this cruise and we REALLY enjoyed ourselves! From the food, to the drinks, desserts and even the music, it was ALL great!!! I paid for the upgrade to have the unlimited drinks, the only frown I had the whole day was because "specialty" drinkss weren't included. They recoginzed my husbands b-day and our waiter was AWESOME as well. All in all we really enjoyed ourselves and will cruise again.
Never Again – We went on this trip as an alternative to standing on a baking hot beach to watch the air and water show. After getting over the sticker shock, the $49.90 base price actually comes out at $65 including taxes and "fees" and the additional $49 to guarantee a window table, we were excited. We specifically were excited about their statement from the website "will give you one of the best seats for the Annual Chicago Air & Water Show."
We arrived and got on board easy enough, only to notice that it was pretty empty and we would have had a window table anyway, and secondly, even the non window tables were pretty friggin close! Ripoff number 1!
The food was average at best. We were amongst the first to board and it was already mostly cold. A selection of chicken something, beef something and some sides, and that was about it. Brunch at the Hancock is about $50 without the rip "fees" and is 100 times better. Ripoff number 2!
We were offered drinks, water, tea, coffee or iced tea, but no soda. You could get a refillable Pepsi product for the bargain basement price of $3.50. Ripoff number 3!
Still, it all would be worth it for the air and water show right, ....right????? NO, WRONG! We were a LONG, LONG way out, one of their sister ships was at least 1/2 mile closer, but we could barely see the specks on the horizon, unless they happened to fly over us. We were at the "site" to watch the show for maybe 45 minutes and didn't see much, not their fault as such as they don't run the show, but certainly they were way too far away to see anything water show wise, and like I mentioned the air show was mostly specks on the horizon of the city. I actually had to go ask the captain to move closer, which he did, marginally, on the way back to the pier. Ripoff number 4!
The boat itself was OK, though we had paper table cloths and both the high chair and booster seat given to us were filthy, and had to be cleaned, lord knows when was the last time they were even wiped down. The salt shaker was so wet inside it was almost solid. Little things I know, but they all speak to the general care and attention to detail of this company. There was no baby changing facilities in the bathrooms.
Last, but by no means least, there was the entertainment. Provided by the "singing servers", which might explain their lack of attention to their actual patrons. They all seemed to studying music or arts and were all invited to sing, or in most cases, shout, for the audience. They truly were terrible, and the audience would have been better served with some pub karaoke!
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