Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguishport, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with this Groupon:
Choose Between Two Options
$35 for one ticket to a cocktail skyline cruise (a $70 value)
$55 for one ticket to a Navy Pier fireworks cruise (a $110 value)
On cocktail skyline cruises, passengers sail beneath the sky on a 77-foot topsail wooden tall ship. The fireworks cruise casts off on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. throughout the summer. Booking begins May 20 for the upcoming season. Tall Ship Red Witch's crew will be sailing through warmer waters until then; reach them by email at ChicagoRedWitch@gmail.com.
Tall Ship Red Witch, LLC
What looks like a crimson-hulled pirate ship glides into view from behind Shedd Aquarium. The wind picks up, surging into the schooner's 77-foot gaff-rigged sails and speeding the vessel along Lake Shore Drive at 8 knots. Those on shore can just make out the boat's name, Red Witch, and what appear to be passengers raising a drink to the Chicago skyline.
Designed by renowned naval architect John G. Alden and named after the book Wake of the Red Witch—the same story that inspired the film starring John Wayne and Gail Russell—the Coast Guard–licensed ship accommodates up to 49 passengers within its mahogany-over-oak frame. Having sailed waters off Maui and San Diego, the boat now docks at Burnham Harbor and is under the stewardship of Captain Andrew Sadock and his crew who will be glad to sign autograph cannonballs for each passenger.