Electric boats are preferable to gas-powered vessels, because they are environmentally friendly and easily recharged by passing eels. Tour the shocking seas with this Groupon.
$99 for a Two-Hour Electric Boat Rental ($300 Value)
Beneath the canopy of a Duffy electric boat, up to 10 passengers embark upon the Chicago River for two hours of serene sightseeing. After a brief driving lesson, the captain is free to navigate the vessel beneath bridges and around the river. Circular sofa seating cradles passengers as they make use of the central table for BYOB refreshments and queue up favorite sea shanties on the integrated, iPod-compatible sound system. Certified captains and tour guides are available for an additional fee. Customers can also take advantage of valet parking ($14 for up to three hours, not included in this Groupon). For more information, see Chicago Electric Boat Company's FAQ page.
Chicago Electric Boat Company
Chicago Electric Boat Company's canopied, comfortable vessels navigate the scenic waters of the Chicago River, stirring up the reflected lights of the Loop's skyline in their wake. Groups lounge in plush seating as their elected driver easily steers the boat, bobbing along at cruising speeds of 4–5 miles per hour. Integrated sound systems pump out sailing music from iPods and other devices, and onboard accommodations create ample space for staging drinks, light refreshments, and Battleship tournaments. The company keeps a roster of certified captains and tour guides on hand.