Thursday, September 8, 2016

Summer Send-off:
Lake Michigan Sunset Cruise

I'm not really sure why people are so eager to wish summer away. I'm in no hurry to get into cold temperatures. Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but it very much still feels like summer in Chicago. Nonetheless, we said goodbye to the season with a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan after a day of exploring Garfield Park Conservatory.

I bought our tickets to the cruise on the Anita Dee II on Groupon for less than $24 after I used a promo code. If you're wondering what a lake cruise on one of these yachts is like, it's basically a nightclub on a boat. Before we boarded we were offered a drink special of 3 for $20 if you paid with cash while waiting in line. Graham and I, of course, never have cash, so we paid $8 per drink on board. I chose a rum punch (that tasted like summer) to drink while we cruised away from DuSable Harbor.

View as you pull away from the harbor, which is just south of Navy Pier.

If you take one of the 90-minute cruises next summer, I recommend getting in line early so you can find a good spot on the yacht. The seats and tables will fill up quickly, especially on the upper deck. Also, a line immediately forms at the bar, which takes cash and credit cards. One complaint: No food is served on the boat. Who doesn't get hungry when they drink? Graham and I spent the first part of the cruise on the top deck before heading down to the bottom for a different view. We found a quiet spot on the back of the yacht where we could relax and take photos. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the view of sunset silhouetting the Chicago skyline can't be beat. I didn't want the night to end.

We spent the last portion of the cruise indoors people watching. By the end of the cruise people have the liquid courage to dance. It was entertaining and fun to watch adults of all ages dance to the same inappropriate, unedited lyrics. Graham kept trying to get me to dance but I was too embarrassed, or something. I definitely didn't want to go to the dance floor. I was happy hanging out on the sidelines. (Introvert quirks!) Plus, some 50-year-olds were really showing me up!

Have you been on a cruise on Lake Michigan? What did you think? Check out my video below and subscribe to my channel to see more of our adventures.

* Note about parking: We found a spot near the harbor on SpotHero. Use my referral link to get a discount on your first spot.

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