Frequently Asked Questions
CHICAGO'S PREMIER PRIVATE SAILING CHARTER
What should I wear?
Dress for an active adventure. Shorts and pants may be preferable to skirts and dresses because of the wind. Also remember to dress appropriately for the weather. It does tend to be a little cooler on the lake, especially at night, so consider bringing an extra layer.
What kind of footwear is appropriate?
A standard sneaker or boat shoe is a great choice. Bare feet are also appropriate!
Heels, dress shoes, flip-flops, and boots are not appropriate and you may be asked to remove them before boarding the sailboat.
Is smoking allowed on the sailboat?
No. Smoking, vaping, or the use of any tobacco products is NOT allowed on board any of our vessels.
Can I fish from the sailboat?
No. Fishing is not allowed.
Can I swim from the sailboat?
Yes, during daylight hours and at the captain's discretion. Each person is required to sign a waiver and release prior to swimming.
Can we bring food on board the sailboat?
Yes. Food that can be eaten with your hands is usually easiest.
Is there a place to keep food and drinks cold?
Yes, there is a refrigerator on board for your use.
Is there a bathroom on board the sailboat?
There is a bathroom on board, however, the flushing mechanism on the toilet can be tricky to use and a little temperamental. To avoid any situations that could become embarrassing, we encourage you to use a bathroom on shore.
Is there a private area for changing?
Yes. There is a cabin down below with a door for your privacy. You are also welcome to change in the bathroom.
Where do we meet the sailboat?
We sail out of Monroe Harbor which is located just east of the intersection of Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive. Our pickup spot is on the north side of the harbor along the “MONROE HARBOR CHARTER WALL”. It’s a short walk from the intersection of Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive to our pick-up / drop-off spot.
From the intersection, walk east towards the lake. When you pass the Divvy Bike Station rack, turn left and head north until you are standing at the water's edge. Walk along the water's edge as it curves to the east. Continue walking until you come to a cement pier. Our pickup spot is just east of the cement pier. Our sailboat will have a big blue feather flag with the name "Come Sailing" flying from the stern.
If you happen to pass a large ship with a blue hull named Abegweit, you have walked too far.