Gliding across Lake Michigan, the sailing party watches the sun sink beneath the Chicago skyline. As the last rays fade from view, the city's skyscrapers throw their light onto the lake's surface. The captain steers the ship past Grant Park and Millennium Park, and then veers out toward Navy Pier, where the ship's passengers find a prime viewing spot for the Saturday-night fireworks show.
In addition to charters like these, the captains of Go Sailing Chicago—all holding US Coast Guard Master Captain licenses and certifications from the American Sailing Association and US Sailing—furnish beginner through advanced sailors with sailing gloves and life jackets before leading hands-on instruction in proper seamanship. Launching from DuSable and Monroe Harbor, and sometimes other points along the lakeshore, Go Sailing Chicago's four-boat fleet meets or exceeds the safety standards set down by the USCG and the most persnickety of ship-in-a-bottle builders.
The massive schooner gently bobs in the Lake Michigan waters as the Chicago skyline towers on the shore. Onboard, hardy sailors relate tales of piracy as they train their passengers to tie knots and unfurl sails. Period lessons abound onboard Windy, the lone vessel helmed by US Coast Guard-certified captains and crews. The nostalgic steed is used to educate visitors on the lake's maritime traditions and explore coastal waters. Windy also plays host to themed adventures that include fireworks shows, pirates explaining city architecture, and pirates complaining about the popularity of pool noodles. Crews strive to make each tour unique, with sailors who expound on their skills as well as performers and educators versed in history, maritime lore, art, and theater.
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Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Sailboat-X.com offers a lot of ways to have fun out on Lake Michigan. Head out for one of their daily cruises, where you can get a breathtaking view of the Chicago skyline. Or learn to sail on the 33' boat with a diesel engine, marine radio, and more that you'll have to learn to handle, as the lessons introduce you to the entire experience of sailing. After you've picked up some sailing experience, sign up for one of Sailboat-X.com's races, based out of Monroe Harbor, where you'll work alongside experienced crew members to enjoy the thrill of competition. In fact, if you're a good enough racer, you might get invited to join the crew in the annual race to Mackinac Island or the annual Tri-State Race
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From front kicks to roundhouses, these kickboxing classes will teach you the fundamentals.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.