Enjoy a ride with your entire family, including your dog, on Mercury Skyline Cruiseline. You’ll see the best of Chicago’s architecture on the Chicago River and on Lake Michigan, Sunday, August 13, and proceeds will benefit Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control.
The idea of a dog cruise began about 12 years ago on my WGN Radio show. Holly Agra, owner of Mercury Skyline Cruiseline, was in the studio. During a commercial, I asked, “How’s business?”
She said it would be better if more people came in for her boat rides from the suburbs, but by the time they fight traffic, enjoy a 60- or 90-minute ride on the boat, then eat lunch, and fight traffic to return home, it’s too much time for the dog to be left at home.
My solution: a dog-friendly cruise. I asked Holly about the idea off the air, and she reluctantly said, “Sure.” (She was probably thinking, Steve’s crazy.)
When the commercials came to an end and we went back on the air, I said, “Holly, you’re doing a cruise for dogs, what will the highlights be?” I suggested that the captain point out important highlights for canines, like the park with the most squirrels and the city’s oldest fire hydrant.
And, she did it! The Canine Cruise continues to this day over the summer months every Saturday and Sunday at 10:15 a.m. And sometimes special rides to benefit shelters are held, such as the boat ride on August 13 (Sunday).
The event kicks off with a pre-launch “pawty” at about 11:00 a.m. at Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruise Dock Riverwalk level at the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive.
The canine cruise begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends at about 1:45 p.m. Arrive no later than noon, or the boat might leave without you.
Prices: $35 for adults, $15 for children, and $10 for canines.
Tickets must be purchased in advance here. Single admission includes refreshments at the pre-launch pawty, the cruise, and two drink tickets to use aboard the boat. And remember, this all benefits Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control.
Hope to see you there!