Chicago's Premier Yacht Charter Service

Experience Lake Michigan with the ultimate comfort and style through our tailored charter services.


An Elevated Experience

Welcome to Chi City Charters, the premier luxury yacht charter service on Lake Michigan. Our city-centered, flexible approach ensures that every moment on our yacht is enjoyable and memorable. Our highly-skilled professionals prioritize safety and fun, while providing luxury touches end-to-end, including add-on concierge services.
2020 Sea Ray SLX 400 40ft

our services

Charters & Rates

Whatever the occasion, do it in style.

Private Charters

  • Chicago River
  • Lake Michigan
  • Corporate events
  • and more…

Day Charters

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • New Buffalo, MI
  • Michigan City, IN
  • and more…

Night Charters

  • Firework nights
  • Casino, Hammond, IN
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • and more…

Sea Ray SLX 400 40ft

The Yacht

Winner of the NMMA Innovation Award, the SLX 400, coined “The Entertainer”, combines peak performance, superior comfort, incredible versatility and style, and state-of-the-art technology

Streamlined process

How it Works

With our user-friendly booking app, reserving your spot has never been easier. Follow our 4-step process and get ready to enjoy your time on the water in no time.

Step 1

Choose your preferred service, date, and time using our convenient website booking app.

Step 2

Celect your preferred charter type, check availability, and review pricing using our convenient online booking app.

Step 3

To confirm your booking, simply agree to the quote, sign the contract, and submit the corresponding deposit.

Step 4

Settle the remaining balance 24 hours prior to departure, and prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience on the water!

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highly-skilled professionals

City-Centered, Accessible Luxury

a curated experience

Our Concierge Service

Chi City Charters has the expertise to arrange your ideal yachting vacation or corporate function while providing best-in-class personalized assistance. Whether you need exclusive reservations at restaurants, security personnel, yacht party catering, or vehicle transfers, our yacht concierge can fulfill all your requirements and more!
Concierge Service

we strive to exceed expectations

Our Happy Clients

Our commitment is to surpass our clients’ expectations by paying exceptional attention to details and ensuring a memorable experience.
Haley L.

What a perfect day out on Lake Michigan! We felt like kings and queens and the boat was as classy as the service. Eleven out of ten experience. 

Jackie C.

You won’t find more genuine hosts who want nothing less than the best experience for their guests. Whether it’s a slow cruise down the river or an anchored stay in the Play Pen, you’re sure to be charmed by the magic of the city. They think of everything so you don’t have to, a stress free experience. 10/10 would recommend.

Bryan W.

We may be the Second City but Chi City Charters is second to none! Best boat on the lake, period!

Dana R.

We had the best time cruising along the Chicago River on Lock Leader. Our captain and crew were utter professionals and taught us a lot about Lake Michigan and Chicago. Highly recommended to see the city from a different view.



If you have any inquiries, please refer to our list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) provided below. In case you cannot find the answer you seek, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Discover the availability and secure your charter today by visiting our online booking platform. In the event that your desired date or time is not available, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 319-899-7170 or email us at . We will make every effort to accommodate your request and provide you with an exceptional charter experience.

A bareboat charter, as defined by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), is an arrangement granting the Charterer (the individual renting the yacht) temporary ownership and use of a vessel for a specified duration. Under this agreement, the Charterer assumes responsibility for the vessel, their guests, hiring their own Crew, and providing their own food and beverages.

It is important to note that the Charterer may either operate the vessel themselves if they possess the required credentials or choose to hire their own Captain and Crew.

However, it is crucial to adhere to the maximum passenger limit of 12 individuals for a bareboat chartered vessel.

For bareboat charters, the maximum capacity is 12 passengers, excluding the Captain and Crew.

The hired Captain and Crew are not counted as passengers. So, to clarify, the Charterer can bring a maximum of 11 guests.

Please keep in mind that infants and children are included in the total capacity count. Your Captain will count as an additional person, and the Crew can range from 1 to 2 people, depending on your specific requirements.

Once your booking is confirmed, Chi City Charters will provide you with a selection of qualified and approved Captains who have extensive knowledge of the yacht.

Our Captains can offer valuable recommendations regarding the number of Crew members you may require, depending on your specific charter plan. They have a network of experienced Crew members who are familiar with the yacht, and they can enhance your charter experience by providing additional safety, assistance, and service throughout your journey.

Alternatively, Charterers are welcome to provide their own certified Captain. It’s important to note that Captains are independent contractors hired directly by the Charterer and are not affiliated with or employed by Chi City Charters.

The rate for Captains typically ranges from $80 to $250 per hour, depending on their skills, experience, and qualifications, and this does not include gratuity.

It is customary to show appreciation to your hired Captain and Crew by leaving a gratuity of 18-25% of the total charter price (excluding the Captain’s hourly rate). Payment and gratuity should be made directly to your hired Captain.

Captains usually accept cash or payment through peer-to-peer platforms such as ApplePay, Venmo, Zelle, and others.

At Chi City Charters, we accept all major credit cards, including ApplePay, Venmo, Zelle, direct deposit, and cash, providing you with flexible payment options.

However, please be aware that we are unable to accept payment on behalf of your hired Captain or Crew, as they are separate contractors hired directly by the Charterer.

We recommend discussing the preferred method of payment with your hired Captain to ensure a smooth transaction process that aligns with their payment preferences.

fun in the sun

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Get ready for an unforgettable yacht experience on Lake Michigan! Use our booking app to find your desired date and time, and bring your perfect day in the sun to life.

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