Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, 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 Skyline Sail (a $70 value)
- $55 for one ticket to a Fireworks Sail (a $110 value)
On two-hour Skyline Sails, passengers cruise along the shores of Lake Michigan out of Burnham Harbor on a 77-foot wooden tall ship. Passengers clink drinks and take in views of the skyline from the bow of the only wooden schooner in Chicago. The Fireworks Sail casts off from Burnham Harbor on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. throughout the summer. The Skyline Sail casts off from the harbor Tuesdays through Sunday throughout the Summer. Check Tall Ship Red Witch's website for Skyline Sail times.
Skyline Sails and Fireworks Sails can only be booked after May 15, 2014. Please do not call or email Tall Ship Red Witch, LLC until May 15, as offices are closed and the computers are down until that time. (The captain and crew are currently sailing and exploring the Galapagos Islands and are set to return in the spring.)
Tall Ship Red Witch
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 autograph cannonballs for each passenger.