A sea voyage is like a trackless train ride across the water fields, relying only on the principles of physics and magic to keep the vessel floating above the water on a thin cushion of air. Unfurl your sea wings with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket for a summer sail on Navy Pier's Tall Ship Windy (up to a $30 value). Discounted tickets based upon age are available, so check their rates before you weigh anchor.
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 (up to a $30 value), with the unpredictable whim of the wind guaranteeing that no two trips aboard the Windy are alike. Tours delve into such topics as pirates and the pioneers of the Great Lakes. Although the deal does not apply to Wednesday fireworks cruises and three-hour Friday cruises, customers can apply the value of the Groupon toward either and pay the difference.
Windy departs from Navy Pier, guided by the steady, calloused hands and windblown visages of U.S. Coast Guard–licensed Captain Bruce Randall and the ship’s doctor, Karen Randall. Check out the ship's schedule to find your shove-off time, and hit the waters of the lake for world-class wave whipping.
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 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.