Summer Breeze. Cold Beer. Dusk and the lights of the city on the Chicago River.
It doesn’t get any better.
Chicago is a beautiful city no matter how you slice it: strolling along Michigan Avenue, playing at the beach on Lake Michigan, gazing at the architectural marvels in the Loop, or taking a boat ride on the Chicago River through the heart of it all. Last summer, you may recall, I had the opportunity to really get to know the Chicago River when I won a night at the Michigan Avenue Bridgehouse Museum. I’m back for more this summer and enjoying a peaceful ride along the river in an electric boat – not only fun, but great for the environment too.
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Electric Boats Chicago
The Chicago Electric Boat Company was founded by two avid mariners, Ron Silvia and Greg Krueger, who were looking to make a social and environmental impact on Chicago’s waterways. Their goal is to encourage boating in a recreational and green way so customers can enjoy the amazing ‘backyard’ of the city. The cool part? You and your friends can rent the boat yourselves and you can be your own captain – no experience necessary. Driving one of these boats is as easy as driving a golf cart. They max out at speeds of 7mph, but it still feels like you are cruising along. While you can bring your own food and drink onboard, they also provide a catering service from local restaurants.
- Boats start at $150/hour – not bad if you bring a group along and everyone chips in. There is a 2-hour minimum after 5pm on weekends.
- If you don’t want to pilot yourself, you can hire a captain to come along for $60/hour
- And if you want your own private tour guide, they’ve got that too: $55/hour
Overall, a great idea for a fun night with friends, visitors, or a super romantic date!
For more info:
Chicago Electric Boat Company
300 N State Street (right under the House of Blues!) Marina Level – Unit EE
Chicago, IL 60654 312.644.6411
Disclosure: I was invited as a guest of CEBC, but as always all opinions are my own.