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MOM'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK | All Aboard for a Fun Chicago Boating Excursion


It has been a long while since I dined and danced on the water. I felt free and alive as the wind blew through my hair and I watched the Chicago Skyline from the middle of Lake Michigan. I forgot how amazing the city is - how beautiful the view is at night - the lights, the ferris wheel, the ambience of a dinner cruise in the middle of Lake Michigan.

The setting was perfect; it felt like I was on a movie set when 1989 Naperville North Graduate turned L.A. Executive Producer, Jason C. Morgan returned to his hometown and joined me on the dinner cruise adventure to lay out some concepts for a future pilot idea.

We enjoyed a delicious sit down dinner choice of salmon, chicken, or vegetarian, accompanied by a beet & baby arugula watermelon salad, seasonal vegetables, an incredible dessert table, and drinks. The DJ played classic songs while we dined and then turned up the jams for a full blown dance party after dessert. Dancing in the moonlight was a total blast! Bring a dancer - you won’t regret it!

The boat was filled with people of all ages from families enjoying the night out with their kids, people celebrating a micro-wedding, couples enjoying a date night, and girlfriends sharing laughs. The attire was casual dressy and everyone looked amazing. I was grateful to have brought a wrap for the crisper lakefront air.

The opportunity to capture the sunset and take in the city lights was priceless while sitting atop the upper deck in the comfortable lounge seating. I loved the dinner cruise we chose, but also look forward to checking out the many other options available via City Experiences by Hornblower.


Enjoy the best season in the city with some of the best experiences on the water. Summer is not over yet which means there is still time to enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise that includes a plated dinner, open bar, live music, and a dance floor while taking in unobstructed views of Chicago. City Experience options are unlimited with Architectural Lunches, “Sights & Sips” Cruises, Specialty Dinners, fast paced Seadog adventures, and more!

City Experiences by Hornblower at Navy Pier

600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL

(888) 957-2634 •

Hours: Schedule Varies by Day and Boat Selected

Price $: Prices Vary Based on Experience Selected


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