Category Archives: Things to do in Chicago

The Unicorn: A Piece of World War II History Sails into Navy Pier

Built in 1947 under the name Deo Volente I (Latin for “Godwilling”), Unicorn’s hull was constructed from the recycled metals of captured German U-boats that were salvaged after World War II. She was constructed as a motor fishing vessel in the Netherlands. This tough vessel trawled the North Atlantic’s fishing grounds for 32 years with various owners and various…

Sail Away and Get a Taste of Life at Sea | Tall Ships® Chicago 2013

Set sail and feel the wind in your hair as you ship off to sea….or Lake Michigan! At Tall Ships® Chicago 2013, you can book a 75 or 120-minute Sail Away Cruise on a tall ship, August 7-11. For an exciting once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you can be a part of the crew aboard a tall ship…

Tall Ships Chicago 2013 Begins!

The wait is finally over – The Tall Ships have arrived in Chicago! Navy Pier excitedly welcomes an amazing international fleet of 14 vessels for Tall Ships Chicago. During this historic 5-day festival guests are welcome to walk to grounds, board the ships and sail out to sea on one or more of our majestic…

Interact with History aboard Flagship Niagara

Adventure out, take history in. That is exactly what you’ll be doing when you board the Flagship Niagara. Niagara happens to one of the most historically authentic tall ships sailing in to Navy Pier. The U.S. Brig Niagara is a two-masted, square-rigged sailing vessel and is an accurate reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victorious flagship from the War…

Tall Ship: STV Pathfinder

Calling all Sailors! Tall Ships Chicago 2013 is one of Navy Pier’s most popular events and this year we welcome 14 historic tall ships August 7-11, 2013! Tall Ships Chicago is perfect for anyone from families wanting to spend a day by the water and learn about these majestic ships to the most experienced sailors and…

Lynx: In Defense of America’s Freedom

Tall Ships® Chicago 2013 presented by Pepsi® returns to Navy Pier August 7-11. The five-day festival features fourteen majestic Tall Ships. Visitors are able to view, walk and explore the decks, or even take a 75 or 120-minute sail aboard these magnificent vessels. One of the fourteen ships in the fleet is the Lynx, a…

Seadog Chicago Wine Flight River Cruise

Calling all wine loving, late night cruisers! We have a perfect tour for you! Navy Pier is hosting the Seadog Chicago Wine Flight River Cruise, a 75-minute wine tasting cruise on the Chicago River. This not-so-speedy Seadog Cruise will take you down the Chicago River with a lively guide educating you on the city’s most…

The Hindu | Tall Ships Chicago 2013

The “Hindu” is one of the fourteen magnificent tall ships set to sail into Chicago for the Tall Ships Festival presented by Pepsi. Like with almost every tall ship, you bet there is a tall tale to tell when it comes to this 79-foot beauty. Formerly known as “Princess Pat,” she started off as a…

Pride of Baltimore II: American History Sails into Navy Pier

When tall ships return to Navy Pier August 7-11, one of the 14 ships in the fleet is the Pride of Baltimore II. Commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to the original Pride of Baltimore which tragically sunk in 1986, Pride of Baltimore II is a 157-foot a reproduction of an 1812-era Baltimore-built topsail…

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If you haven’t made your entrance yet, we suggest you do! Mix it ‘Til Midnight has started off strong and we will definitely be taking advantage of the car ride home from uber after a long night out! Photo credits: Katie Cieski and Chelsea Snell  Our night began at Harry Caray’s Tavern in the family…