Our list of the best St. Patrick's Day cruises in Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago’s a great place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  There are so many fun activities and events going on to celebrate all things Irish.

There are also some great St. Patrick’s Day cruises.  Here are the 4 cruises we think are the best.

1. St. Paddy’s Lake Tour

Take St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Cruises on the luxury yacht, Anita Dee II.  You’ll enjoy drink specials from their fully stocked bars, music from a great DJ, dancing and breathtaking views of Chicago.

  • Friday, March 15, 2024:
    • Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
    • Boarding: 7:15 pm
  • Saturday, March 16, 2024:
    • Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
    • Boarding: 5:15 pm
  • Sunday, March 17, 2024:
    • Time: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    • Boarding: 12:45 pm
  • Sunday, March 18, 2024:
    • Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
    • Boarding: 7:15 pm

Book your ticket here and you can save $21 (53% discount) on each ticket.

2. Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Afternoon Cruise

Enjoy an afternoon cruise on Saturday and Sunday of St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.  See Chicago from the water and party with DJ Tecknique.  You can drink and dance the afternoon away.  Videographers and photographers will be there to capture moments with you and your friends.

  • Saturday, March 15, 2024 – 5 pm
  • Sunday, March 16, 2023 – 5 pm

If you book now, you can save $10.  The price will go up by $10 as the date approaches.

3. Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Premier Brunch Cruise Bottomless Mimosas On The Chicago River

Take a green Chicago River Cruise and enjoy Premier Plus Brunch.  You’ll see landmarks like the Willis Tower and listen to a light architectural narration.  Enjoy the cruise in the comfortable interior decks or the scenic outer decks.  A DJ will provide the entertainment on this 2 hour cruise.

Early Riser Brunch Menu

  • Breakfast Pastries:
    • Assorted muffins and danishes
  • Scottish Smoked Salmon Display:
    • Ingredients: cream cheese, shaved red onion, capers, roma tomatoes, bagels
  • Scrambled Eggs:
    • Ingredients: American cheddar cheese
  • Breakfast Meats:
    • Selection: applewood smoked bacon, pork sausage links
  • Breakfast Potatoes:
    • Ingredients: caramelized onions, sweet bell peppers
  • French Toast:
    • Toppings: whipped cream, maple syrup

Late Risers Brunch Menu

  • Caesar Salad:
    • Ingredients: romaine lettuce, aged reggiano parmesan cheese, herb croutons
    • Dressing: traditional Caesar dressing
  • Greek Salad:
    • Ingredients: cucumbers, paper tomatoes, red onion, arugula, feta cheese
    • Dressing: za’atar vinaigrette
  • Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad:
    • Ingredients: olives, crispy bacon, garlic aioli, fresh herbs
  • Baked Orecchiette Pasta:
    • Ingredients: parsnips, roasted kale, ricotta cheese, sage
  • Birria Style Chicken:
    • Accompaniments: fire roasted peppers, caramelized onions
  • Oven Roasted Salmon:
    • Accompaniments: roasted bok choy
    • Sauce: miso citrus soy sauce
  • Hard Carved Tri Tip Steak:
    • Marinade: rosemary marinade
    • Accompaniments: caramelized onions
    • Sauce: balsamic beef demi glace
  • Kid’s Station:
    • Offerings: chicken tenders, French fries


  • Signature Dessert Station

There will be bottomless Mimosas on this cruise.  Other alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.  There will also be unlimited coffee, hot tea, iced tea and water.


Sunday, March 17, 2024:

  • 11 am to 1 pm
  • 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

You’ll need to board 45 minutes before cruise time.

You can book your ticket here.

4. St. Patrick’s Day Signature Lunch Cruise On Lake Michigan

Have a fun filled celebration with a St. Patrick’s Day Signature Lunch Cruise.  Get stunning views of Chicago’s landmarks, like Adler Planetarium and Navy Pier.  Have a delicious buffet lunch with salads, pasta, chicken, salmon and Caribbean Jerk Braised Pork, plus desserts.  Unlimited iced tea, hot tea and coffee go with the lunch.  Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Interactive games will be played on the deck.  Children are welcome and those under two are free.  You’ll get great views of the newly dyed Chicago River.

Date & Time

  • Sunday, March 17, 2024
    • 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

You can board at 12 pm. 

You can book this cruise here.

Other Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Activities

And, if you are a land lover, we’ve got some other great activities for you