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 a Summer Sail (Up to $30 Value)
Guided by captain Bruce Randall and ship's doctor, Karen Randall, up to 150 passengers embark aboard the Tall Ship Windy. Crews dressed in pirate garb entertain passengers during themed sails, ranging from the "Aaarghitecture" cruise to the "Spirit Ships and Haunted Harbors" tour, which typically last 60–75 minutes. Spots must be reserved in person at the Navy Pier ticket booth about an hour before sailing time to allow enough time for a peg-leg fitting. See the schedule here.
Though Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago sometimes features a discounted rate online, this Groupon still presents the best deal available for all customers aged 13 and older.
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 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.
Near North Side
600 E Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611Get Directions