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SAILING IN ILLINOIS

Friday June 27

“Hot Town,” describes summer in Chicago—but there are cool outdoor adventures in the Windy City.  Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago offers cruises aboard the Windy, Chicago’s Official Tall Ship.  The Windy is a 148 foot traditional 4-masted Registered Tall Ship modeled after a Great Lakes timber schooner.   Built in 1996, it has the charm of an historic vessel, modern amenities, and the mission of bringing Tall Ship sailing to the public.  The Windy departs from Navy Pier regularly throughout the day to take up to 134 passengers on a memorable voyage of Lake Michigan with impressive views of Chicago’s skyline.

Every trip aboard the Windy is unique— depending on the direction of the wind.  Each tour also has a theme led by an enthusiastic crew of historic interpreters. Hear stories, songs and maritime lore of the
Great Lakes.  The most popular theme tours are “Real Pirates of the Inland Seas,”  “Spirit Ships and Haunted Harbors” and the famous “Chicago Skyline Tour.”  “The sailing experience we provide is definitely a Great Lakes based program,” says Jessie, Outreach Manager for Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago.  “Our staff includes professional actors and storytellers.  The interactive adventure is something you can’t get anywhere else.” 

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A Tall Ship Adventure is perfect for families, groups, educational programs and field trips.  The Windy now hosts a performance series on Friday evenings during the summer.  Passengers can enjoy live music, comedy, theatre and more while taking in refreshments, the sunset and the fresh air.  Every Wednesday and Saturday in summer, seafarers can watch Chicago’s Navy Pier Fireworks from the decks of the Windy.

If privacy and pleasure is on the itinerary, consider setting sail on the Pianissimo, a new, luxury 50 foot sloop available for a two hour charter cruise for up to six passengers.  Bring a gourmet picnic!

Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago offers an excellent way to experience summer in the city on board the Windy or the Pianissimo.  “It’s all about fun, education, and the outdoors.  People love it!” says Jessie.  Ahoy, Mates!

 

 


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