Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sunset Cruise on Lake Michigan

When I bought tickets for a Monday night cruise via Groupon, I had no idea what to expect. I wasn't sure if it was on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River, but I figured it would be entertaining either way.

We boarded the Mystic Blue Yacht to see it's basically a club on a boat. There's a DJ and a bar on the top deck. People had already claimed the seats in the center, so we were left standing on the railing, which turned out to be the best position to take in views. (Each floor had music and a bar, and the lower inside portion had a dance floor, too.) No one danced at first; most people took selfies with the skyline backdrop while sipping their first drinks. After a while, the crowd got a little louder and more relaxed. The music was a selection of hits you forgot you loved, a lot of them from the '90s.

The views are incredible. I mentioned a few times that I just can't believe we live in Chicago.

Clouds initially made us nervous that it would rain, but there was nothing to worry about.
 It couldn't have been a more perfect evening.

The boat goes south in a big, slow loop before moving north for another loop. Both sides of the boat get views of the skyline. You get a nice glimpse of Adler Planetarium before turning around.

 Also visible are Buckingham Fountain and the Navy Pier Ferris wheel.

We could see the northern neighborhoods to the right.

As the end of the two-hour cruise approaches, the yacht returns to Navy Pier.

All this fun cost $23 for two people (thanks to a $5 promo code), $13 for parking and $21 for two drinks. Am I crazy for thinking that's a good deal for Chicago?