Summer in Chicago is full of events all season long. It’s one of the most popular times of year for both locals and visitors. The city offers a variety of activities for everyone to choose from – making it hard to decide where to go next!

If you’re searching for events going on where you can put your vessels to good use, we have you covered:

Fourth of July FireworksNavy Pier
If you are going to be in the Chicago area for 4th of July weekend, Navy Pier is the place to be to get the best view of the fireworks. Locals and visitors will be out on the water to get a good viewing spot – you even have the option of taking a fireworks cruise at night to get a premium spot on the water (more information on that here).

Fun Fact! Fireworks at Navy Pier run all summer long through August 31st. If you’ll be out of town for the Fourth, you have plenty of time to get out and catch the fireworks another weekend. Check out the schedule on their website. 

Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to MackinacBegins July 13
This is the longest sailing race in the world! Sailors will cover 333 miles starting at the Chicago Lighthouse and ending at Mackinac Island. They will race 24 hours a day and tackle whatever mother nature may present to them. For history about this race, click here.

Chicago Scene Boat PartyJuly 25-28
If you’re looking for a weekend to let loose and forget about reality for a weekend – this is the event for you. You’ll enjoy a weekend of boating and socializing with friends. Don’t own a boat? No problem, reach out to us to rent a boat for the weekend.

Chicago Air & Water ShowAugust 17-18
air show
Admission is FREE!
This is the largest show that goes on every summer in Chicago. You’ll have great views of the aircrafts from the lakefront. This is a great event for the whole family. You won’t want to miss it! For more details, visit their website.

Chicago River Architecture Cruise
This is one of the most overlooked tours Chicago has to offer, yet, it’s the 2nd most popular tour in the world! If you are into architecture, or even just relaxing boat rides along the rivers with some pretty cool views, this excursion is for you! Most of these take off at Chicago’s Riverwalk, but for more information and pricing, visit their website.

For more information, feel free to contact us at 312.666.6670 or We’d love to help you get out and enjoy the summer season!