Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the sea, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man's triumphs with today's Groupon: for $349, you get a two-hour private architecture cruise for six from Vantage Yacht Club (an $775 value).
Groups of six depart on the Chicago River aboard Vantage Yacht Club's 37-foot Sea Ray 370 Sundancer, which hosts ample deck space for comfort and reenactments of Bobby Fischer's last game of chess. The yacht takes a leisurely path down the river before pausing in Lake Michigan to highlight breathtaking, photogenic perspectives of the skyline. A city-wise docent narrates the excursion, highlighting history, architectural styles, and rumored bat caves at various sites along the way.
While on board, patrons can sip provided soda and juice or whet their historical appetites with BYO libations. As part of its commitment to transforming the marine industry, Vantage's electric vessels provide an eco-friendly mode of transportation that lessens the city's environmental footprint and reflects the green initiatives recently adopted by Chicago Architects, from installing solar panels to replacing humidifiers with potted rainforests.
Vantage Yacht Club
900 N Kingsbury St.
Chicago, Illinois 60610