Unlike public bathing excursions, private sailing trips allow seafarers to enjoy the open sea without threats from law enforcement or pirates hunting rare, antique soaps. Enjoy the fresh lake breeze with a clean conscience with today's Groupon: for $130, you get two hours of private sailing for up to six people from Seabreeze Charter, which casts off from the Monroe Harbor downtown (up to a $300 value).
SeaBreeze's stately Beneteau Oceanis Clipper 361 grants wide-eyed passengers an intimate two-hour private sail along Lake Michigan's placid waters, which offers a gorgeous panorama of Chicago's majestic skyline. Boasting more than 30 years of sailing and racing experience, USCG-licensed Captain Lorenzo maneuvers the 36-foot vessel just east of Navy Pier for a leisurely water trot that includes a lesson in basic sailing fundamentals and advanced harpoon vaulting. Home-brought vittles and spirits can accompany groups of up to six sailors for picnics in one of the Beneteau's two private cabins and personal iPods can be plugged in to drown out errant "Freebird"-shouting seagulls when luxuriating on the spacious deck. Adventurous passengers can take turns steering the cruiser with help from Captain Lorenzo and apprehensive shipmates can rest assured that the yacht comes equipped with the latest in blue-water safety equipment. The nearest parking garage is the Millennium Park Parking Garage on South Columbus Drive for those traveling by car, motorcycle, or Shetland pony.
Aboard SeaBreeze Charter's sailing yachts, passengers slice through Lake Michigan's waves, steered by the steady hand of a United States Coast Guard-certified captain. Also decorated with various racing awards, the captains now helm the yacht during chartered trips, and graciously hands over the wheel when instructing new sailors in the waters near Navy Pier. The vessel itself features two private cabins and a radio with an iPod connector, on which patrons can play classic maritime ballads about the difficulty of untying boating knots. In addition, an on-board life raft and a digital emergency call feature guard the boat against potential mishaps.
Monroe & the Lakefront Trail
Chicago, Illinois 60603Get Directions