New: Take a Chicago Fireboat Cruise

About this Event

Two Navy veterans and licensed Captains invite you to cruise on a piece of Chicago history. Built in 1936, the Fred A. Busse was the largest diesel-powered Fireboat in the world and served the Chicago Fire Department from 1937–1981. It was built specifically to fit underneath Chicago’s bridges, minimizing response times for emergencies and helping ease congestion in a booming city. Upon her retirement, she was converted into a passenger vessel and did cruises in Chicago then operated tours in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for almost 30 years. Her new owners, Ray Novak and Erich Totsch, renovated the retired fireboat and she is now cruising the Chicago waterways once again!

Covid precautions: The cruises will run at 25% capacity, there will be frequent sanitizing and disinfecting of the vessel, personal protective equipment, and monitoring the health of all onboard.

Cruises Fri.-Sun., noon & 3 p.m.; most weekdays at 3 p.m.


Sun., 6-21-2020


DuSable Harbor
111 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60601