Recent Searches
Clear

Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship

star-4.5237 reviews
|
Badge of Excellence
|
Chicago, United States
Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship

Select Date and Travellers

Number of travellers
1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults7 Adults8 Adults9 Adults10 Adults11 Adults12 Adults13 Adults14 Adults15 Adults0 Children1 Child2 Children3 Children4 Children5 Children6 Children7 Children8 Children9 Children10 Children11 Children12 Children13 Children14 Children15 Children
Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance. Learn more
Loading available options...


Safety measures
icon1 hour 15 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Escape the bustle of the city on a sailboat tour through Lake Michigan with a convenient departure from Navy Pier. The cruise offers plenty of frame–worthy photo opportunities, including sweeping views of the Chicago skyline rarely seen by visitors. As a popular choice for both locals and visitors, your experience is guaranteed to be family–friendly and tailored to your needs. Select from Pirates and Maritime Stories Sail at 1pm, Skyline/Architectural Theme at 3pm and 5pm, and Skyline Sunset Sail at 7pm. This sail is approximately 75 minutes. The ship leaves promptly at the scheduled time, please allow for time to park, off the pier if necessary.
  • Family friendly
  • See the sights day or night
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Saved to wishlist!
Local taxes
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks (available for purchase)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
700 E Grand Ave , 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

We are located on the South dock, on the south side of Navy Pier, between Billy Goat Tavern and the Riva Restaurant. If walking on the south dock from the entrance, walk where you see restaurants and boats, walk pass the Ferris wheel, walk past the sign for the Shakespeare theater, then on right!

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All Passengers must be present 30 minutes prior to advertised sail time. The Ship leaves on time. Please allow ample time for Chicago traffic, getting lost, and not being able to park close.
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Dress code:should be sensible for the weather
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Children under 16 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult
  • Windy is NOT HANDICAP accessible.
  • Guests must be able to ambulate up and down 6 steps on each side of the boarding ladder.
  • Assistive devices must be left on the dockside storage area and may not be used on the ship while underway.
  • Windy is NOT HANDICAP accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 140 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Windy of chicago Inc, DBA: Tall Ship Windy
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
See all safety measures taken by Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship.

Traveller Photos

See More
See More

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
237 reviews

Reviews by Viator travellers

We perform checks on reviews

Showing 1-10 of 237 reviews
star-5
Skyline view from Lake Michigan
Jeanne_J
, Jun. 2022
It’s always wonderful to see the Chicago skyline. The narrator was knowledgeable and humorous. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you! We strive for a balance of good information and humor! Glad we showed you a fun time.
star-5
Great e experience
Michelle_J
, Jun. 2022
Great ride I would highly recommend this activities great for kids and families Very peaceful and beautiful
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are delighted to hear you had a great day with us! Please join us again!
star-5
Crew was amazing. Weather...
Michael_C
, Jun. 2022
Crew was amazing. Weather was perfect. Please add a complementary glass of wine to the tour. Would have liked to have covered more of the shoreline
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We think our Crew is pretty amazing as well! I'm always open to suggestions; perhaps we can add an option for wine to be included!
star-5
My grandson and I enjoyed...
Laura_F
, Jun. 2022
My grandson and I enjoyed our voyage on the tall ship Windy. The information shared was interesting and new to us.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Excellent! We love it when our fabulous guests not only enjoy themselves but learn something new and interesting! We hope you'll join us again for another excursion; our Pirate Lore at 1:00pm is always fun!
star-5
Sail Boat
Anika_B
, Jun. 2022
The Skyline Tour was amazing. We initially were running late and missed the 5pm tour, Andy was caring and accomodating. He made it so we could be stand-by for the 7pm tour, which actually worked out in our favor as we were able to sail and see the sunset along Chicago’s skyline. Aboard the ship the Captain and his crew were great. They were very friendly. Great tour overall, had a great time and got some great photo worthy shots.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us and always try to accommodate our fabulous guests! Join us again soon!
star-4
Trip to Chicago
Paul_T
, Jun. 2022
Our final treat for our visit to Chicago, sailing peacefully on lake Michigan just the whisper of the wind awesome experience, an experience never to be missed thank you Windy n crew
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We love that you enjoyed the wind! It’s my favorite part of each excursion! We hope you’ll join us again this season!
star-5
Wonderful Time
Scott_Y
, Jun. 2022
We had a good wind so we were fascinated with Captain Bruce and his sailors. We didn’t participate in the pirate stories but I helped raise the sail. It was a beautiful ride. Just wish it had been longer! Next time-fireworks!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are glad you enjoyed our incredible Captain and Crew! They work diligently to ensure everyone has a great time! Next time join us for fireworks; it’s SPECTACULAR!
star-3
Short large group sail around the harbor
Trey_K
, Jun. 2022
The crew was very friendly and the boat is nice. It is a very short “sail” and I think we only had the sails up for maybe 30 minutes. There were approximately 100 people on-board.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are glad you found our crew friendly and our ship nice. Out of the 70 minutes of the tour we do have to get out of the breakwaters to hoist the sails and then return. Depending on how the wind wants to blow, 30-45 minutes of sailing is about right. We hope you’ll join us again this season.
star-5
Great experience
Brent_A
, Jun. 2022
Raising the sails with the crew. Looking back at Chicago at dusk was a vivid memory. The boat is beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed your time aboard with us!
star-1
Worse Sailing Tour Ever
Maria_G
, Jun. 2022
Worse tour ever. They advertise going out on Lake Michigan instead they going around the harbor in a circle. They don’t leave the harbor and no lake. The day we went out it was so windy and cold that it was too unbearable to sit on deck that we sat inside. Waste of money and time. Avoid at all cost.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are sorry the guests did not enjoy their tour. As the guest stated, the weather was cold and windy. The one thing we can not control is the weather. Most guests understand this is beyond our control. When weather is bad, for safety reasons Windy does stay within the break-wall. We have offered the guests complimentary tickets Mon-Thurs 1pm to 5pm sails to experience the Tall Ship in better weather.
star-2
Cancelled cruise and expensive parking
Scott_K
, Jun. 2022
The cruise was cancelled at the last minute (after we arrived) due to high winds. But, parking is very expensive and it's time consuming to drive to Navy Pier. I understand that weather is an issue, but all the other boat cruises were operating and we were stuck with expensive parking.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Good morning Scott. It is always a difficult decision to cancel due to weather. In this case, the winds were at 24 sustained with gusts to 40. See the attached pic. The icing on the cake is that the winds were coming in from the south which then blows the ships right into Navy Pier, not out into the water. It was just not safe. Our Senior Master Captain definitely made the right decision. Once the decision was made, we called, texted and emailed everyone. Unfortunately, you did not receive that message. We wish you the best. We provided a full refund and wish you the best and hope you can come back.
star-5
Beautiful way to view the city
Tiffany_C
, Jun. 2022
We enjoyed the opportunity to ride on a tall ship and see the Chicago skyline full spectrum. It was peaceful an beautiful and the crew was great
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you for joining us aboard Tall Ship Windy! We are glad you had a peaceful excursion and hope you'll join us again
star-5
Fun sail boat Chicago architect tour
Roxanne_C
, Jun. 2022
Great boat care and crew was on top of their game! We enjoyed the narrative of Chicagos skyline and the crews spirit.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Our Crew really do enjoy sharing their knowledge with each our guests; glad you had fun!
star-5
Our weekday get away
Melva_B
, Jun. 2022
I loved every minute of this experience. The staff was engaging, informative and attentive. I am skittish by nature but I was comfortable the whole time. The crew was capable and while their tasks looked difficult they did it easily.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are honored to have such a wonderful Crew that continually trains throughout the season and has a passion for the water! Glad you enjoyed your time with us.
star-5
Excellent voyage!
KERRY_L
, Jun. 2022
This cruise was so much fun! One of my favorite parts was that the passengers were invited to help the crew raise the sails, which was a really cool experience! I also really enjoyed listening to the pirate stories that they told to the kids, and taking in the beautiful views of the Chicago skyline. There was also a bar with a great selection of cocktails, beer and wine. This was an all-around fantastic experience!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thanks! We are glad you appreciated all the nuances of the excursion. We try to make it fun for everyone!
star-5
A must do!
Helen_B
, Jun. 2022
The crew was fantastic! My husband got to help raise the sail⛵️ Not much wind but still had fun. I TGI x saw
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
we are glad you and your husband had a great day. come back soon
star-5
Do it again!!
Temple_S
, Jun. 2022
It was a relaxing ride. The historical guide was super!!!Do it again! I recommend this tour. Well worth the money
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
chicago has a tremendous amount of maritime history. we enjoy discussing it with our guests. have a great summer
star-3
Just ok
Molly_M
, May 2022
It was a little too crowded. Not enough seats. We couldn’t sit together. Couldn’t hear tour guide very well.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you so much for your input. Memorial Day was very busy. Windy has seating capacity for 150 and we did have 148 onboard. We are sorry you did not get to sit together. We are checking on our audio equipment to ensure that all zones are working properly. Thank you for the note.
star-5
Great tour guide!
Josephine_S
, May 2022
Great and funny tour guide! Weather was perfect but take a motion sickness pill before you go if you’re not used to the waves!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Well-stated. While Lake Michigan is calm much of the time, in a little wind - there is some motion. Memorial Day was great weather - keep it coming mother nature!!
star-5
Don’t miss!
Paula_G
, May 2022
Beautiful day for a sail on the lake! Grandchildren were thrilled as was I! They said, “…it was even better than I expected “
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We so love having children onboard. Starting them out early loving the "sea" is so important. Please come back soon.

Why you are seeing these recommendations

Compare Similar Experiences

Current
Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship
Skyline Tour Aboard 148 Ft. Schooner Windy - Chicago's Official Tall Ship

star-4.5237

1 hour 15 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
USD49.00

star-57961

1 hour 15 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
USD46.87

star-4.5382

40 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
USD28.34

star-3.58

2 hours

Free Cancellation

From
USD105.05

star-4.5131

1 hour 30 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
USD42.00

star-5426

1 hour 30 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
USD32.00

star-4101

2 hours

Free Cancellation

From
USD81.82

star-5686

1 hour 30 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
USD56.00

star-4.5228

45 minutes

Free Cancellation

From
USD25.00
Why you are seeing these recommendations

Explore Similar Things to Do

Why you are seeing these recommendations