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Grab your first mates for a tour on Lake Michigan aboard the Tall Ship Windy's Real Pirates of the Inland Seas boat ride. Spend 75 minutes aboard the ship with guides who relate tales of piracy on the Great Lakes, dating from the 1600s to the 1960s.
Check the website for daily schedule. The South Dock of Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave. (312-451-2700, tallshipwindy.com). $30, students 13-22 $25, kids 2-12 $10.