Tall Ships Chicago 2013

“Navy Pier welcomes an international fleet of historic Tall Ships , complemented by modern match race sailing, August 7-11, 2013.”

During this five day festival, “visitors can walk the festival grounds to view the Tall Ships, board a Tall Ship for a dockside tour or get a taste of life at sea with a sail-away cruise on select Tall Ships. This nautical event also includes fun-filled festivities and educational opportunities for the whole family.”

Event Info

First of all, a Tall Ship can be described as a “large traditionally rigged sailing vessel. A tall ship can be a schooner, ketch, sloop, barque, brigantine, barquentine, or a full-rigged ship depending on the number of masts and the cut of the sails. Traditional rigged may include square rigs and gaff rigs with separate topmasts and topsails.” During the festival, there will be 14 tall ships at at Navy Pier. There are three ways that you can enjoy Tall Ships Chicago 2013 at Navy Pier:

  1. General Admission (available August 8-11): Includes one day’s entrance to the festival and the Chicago Match Cup
  2. Dockside Boarding Admission (available August 8-11): Includes one day’s entrance to the festival, the Chicago Match Cup and access to dockside board and tour Tall Ships
  3. Sail Away Cruise (available August 7-11): Includes a cruise aboard a designated Tall Ship, commemorative Tall Ships Passport book AND access to dockside board and tour Tall Ships (August 8-11 only).

There are also a couple of other events at the festival, such as:

  • Parade of Sail – Tall Ships Chicago 2013 kicked off today with the amazing Parade of Sail, held on Lake Michigan. General admission was free and it began at 2pm.
  • Chicago Match Cup –  This professional match race sailing competition takes place inside the festival grounds, in which 12 of the world’s best teams compete against each other. This race is the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.

Check out this video for some more information!


Explore Navy Pier

While you’re at Navy Pier for the festival, be sure to check out some of the other fun activities! “Navy Pier is the place where all of Chicagoland and tourists from around the world have come together since 1995 to enjoy the beauty and the thrills of a day on Lake Michigan. From rides to restaurants, exhibitions to entertainment, shopping to dining cruises and tour boats, Navy Pier has it all – in a location unlike any other!” Take a look at some of the things you can do:

  • Ride the 15-story tall Ferris wheel
  • Catch a movie at the IMAX® Theatre
  • Visit the Chicago Children’s Museum
  • Take a ride on a cruise boat from Navy Pier’s South Dock
  • Listen to live music at Landshark Beer Garden (Wednesdays – Sundays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend)

Navy Pier also has food court as well as some other really nice dining opportunities! It’s a great place to shop too!

For more information on these activities, see: Navy Pier – Things to Do and Navy Pier – Dining & Shopping.

To get a feel for the fun you can have at Navy Pier, take some time to watch this video, “A Spin Around Navy Pier Chicago.”


To make your experience go even smoother, use download code TSCI in your Hertz NeverLost device for all things related to the Tall Ships festival!

Have fun!

Melissa Woodring 🙂

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One comment on “Tall Ships Chicago 2013

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