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Tall Ship Windy

The 'Windy' is the Windy City's renowned 150-foot four-masted schooner. Once aboard you'll have the choice to relax and take in the views or join the crew to help hoist the billowy sails. Sail away!
  • Adult gate price $30.00
  • Child gate price $10.00
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Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago brings you a unique chance to sail the waters of Lake Michigan aboard a real tall ship! Add a little maritime flavor to your city trip and spend some time cruising in style aboard Tall Ship Adventure’s Windy, a 148-foot, four-mast, gaff topsail schooner that sails daily from Chicago’s adventure-hub, Navy Pier.

Windy is a registered Class-A tall ship, which guarantees you a classic voyage that will hearken back to days of yore! This tall ship sails in the fair-weather months on an array of informative and exciting excursions that depart on different days, including:

  • Additional Sails

    In addition to the sail times listed, these three cruises are also available for Go Select customers: 5:45 pm, 7:30 pm, and 9:15 pm.

  • Guardian of Chicago: Our Harbor Lighthouse Cruise takes passengers to the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, giving you the unique history behind the lighthouse and the “guardians of the light” who have preserved this landmark through turbulent and peaceful times alike.
  • Sailors Paradise: the Life of a Tall Ship Sailor teaches visitors what it took to brave these waters on a daily basis, and what kind of lifestyle the hardened sailors became accustomed to.
  • Real Pirates of the Inland Seas It’s a little hard to believe, but yes—there were pirates on the Great Lakes! Learn about some incredible tales of piracy that took place right on these waters—some of it perpetrated by our own forefathers!
  • ‘Aaaarghitecture’Cruise Windy brings you on a combination tour that gives you a stunning view of Chicago’s famous landmarks and insight into the great works of architecture. You’ll also learn about the pirates that once sailed the Great Lakes.
  • Skyline Cruise brings you a phenomenal look at the skyline of Chicago from “the best seat in the house.”
  • Chicago is a fun old town for sure, but there is something so soothing about being out on the open water of its neighboring lake! A tall-ship tour aboard Windy is a great way to get a unique photographic vantage point of the city. Listen to the wind whip through the massive sails as you cruise Lake Michigan on this historically-inspired ship that has all the modern navigation features and comforts to make for a safe and relaxing excursion.

Reviews for Tall Ship Windy

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[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

great experience
By D & D Verified Reviewer from Colorado on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Windy of Chicago:

For the museums, biking, on boat tours No long lines, lots of attractions included Barcode didn't work, had to go a specific place to get trolley ticket, had to get to attractions before 5:30

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[4 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Fun for the whole family
By Vagabond Barb from Austin, TX on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Windy of Chicago:

We took the entire family on the pirate cruise. Two boys, 7 & 8, mom & dad. There's something for everyone. The views were nice, the pirate stories were interesting for all. We will do this again if in Chicago and we have the opportunity.

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[7 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

Awesome experience...tickets hard to get
By Tall ship windy fan Verified Reviewer from Kansas city, ks on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Windy of Chicago:

The tall ship windy attraction it self was amazing, crew members were friendly and fun and always made sure kids were involved and they were having a good time.... [...]

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[9 of 9 customers found this review helpful]

Such a wonderful surprise!!
By Mom on vacation Verified Reviewer from Little Rock Arkansas on
Pros:
Couldn't stop smiling, Wonderful family fun, The views were stunning
Best Uses:
Fun for everyone any age,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Windy of Chicago:

The pirates were so friendly, welcoming, and extremely entertaining! The stories were well researched and came alive in the telling. The senic views were breath taking!! I would recommend this to everyone!

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[18 of 19 customers found this review helpful]

LOVED IT!
By Dee from Indianapolis, IN on
Pros:
GREAT FOR ALL AGES, fun, Informative
Cons:
none,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Windy of Chicago:

We took the tour on a Saturday at 11:00, the crew let those on the tour hoist the sails if they wanted to. My friend and I hoisted up the main sail, was a very fun experience! The tour was 70 minutes and "pirate" Zach was there for "Story time" telling tales of real pirates from the surrounding area. Was very informative and captured the attention of all aboard. Great for kids all the way to grandparents!

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Tall Ship Windy Details

Website: Tall Ship Windy
Phone: 312-451-2700
Address
600 E Grand Ave
Navy Pier (Dock Street)
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours

Sail Times:
May–October: Daily, weather permiting: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:15 pm, and 4:00 pm.
Note

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to sail time. All cruises are weather permitting and availability is based on Coast Guard capacity. Evening cruises are not included with the Go Chicago Card.

Seating is based on arrival time. Be sure to arrive 30-45 minutes early to get your favorite seat.

Closings
Closed in Winter (November–April). May be closed major U.S. holidays.
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • No disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
600 E Grand Ave
Navy Pier (Dock Street)
Chicago, IL 60611
Public Transportation
Take CTA: Buses #29 (State Street), #65 (Grand Avenue), #56 (Milwaukee Avenue), #66 (Chicago Avenue), #120 (Northwestern/Wacker Express), and #121 (Union/Wacker Express) serve the Navy Pier. #124 Navy Pier Express runs from Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center on weekends. Call the CTA at 312-836-7000 for more information.
Driving Directions
Paid parking is available on and near Navy Pier. Please allow extra time for parking.

Admission and Offer Information

Please present your Go Select Pass at the ticket office window. It will be validated and returned with a boarding pass for the cruise you have chosen.

In addition to the sail times listed, these three cruises are also available for Go Select customers: 5:45 pm, 7:30 pm, and 9:15 pm

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