Sailors get their name from the sails they use to capture the wind, which could previously only be caught by setting a pile of autumn leaves as bait. Experience wind hunting in action with this Groupon.
$15 for Summer Sail on Tall Ship "Windy" (Up to $30 Value)
The Tall Ship Windy is the official flagship of Chicago. With its sails filled by the Windy City's blowhard politics, the 148-foot-long, traditional four-masted schooner whisks passengers along Lake Michigan on a number of 60- to 90-minute tours. Tours depart from Navy Pier—guided by U.S. Coast Guard–licensed Captain Bruce Randall and the ship’s doctor, Karen Randall—and delve into such topics as pirates and the pioneers of the Great Lakes.
To make a reservation, head to the ticket booth at Navy Pier about an hour before departure and log your name with the receptionist. At the time of redemption, Groupon holders must pay the 9% tax, which is not included in the value of the deal. When spots are available, customers can apply the value of the Groupon toward upgraded or costlier tours and pay the difference. Check out the ship's schedule to find departure times.
Tickets for children up to age 11 are normally up to $10 before tax.
Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago's rates fluctuate throughout the season.
Tall Ship Windy
The massive schooner gently bobs in the Lake Michigan waters as the Chicago skyline towers on the shore. Onboard, hardy sailors relate tales of piracy and the rumrunners who filled the city's speakeasies as they train their passengers to tie knots and unfurl sails. Period lessons abound onboard Windy, the lone vessel helmed by US Coast Guard-certified captains and crews. The nostalgic steed is used to educate visitors on the lake's maritime traditions and explore coastal waters. Windy also plays host to themed adventures that include fireworks shows, pirates explaining city architecture, and pirates complaining about the popularity of pool noodles. Crews strive to make each tour unique, with sailors who expound on their skills as well as performers and educators versed in history, maritime lore, art, and theater.