Not Your Typical Charter Boat

A reliable, spacious & stylish watercraft with the highest quality finishes for optimal comfort.

comfort & versatility

Traverse Lake Michigan In Style

Chi City Charters offers the perfect blend between a boat club and a high-end experience. If you’re not looking to invest in a boat share for the season or simply want flexibility, but still enjoy quality and privacy, Chi City Charters is the ideal solution. With our charter service, you can enjoy a boat that feels like your own for the day, without the need for a substantial upfront investment.

the boat

the yacht

Sea Ray SLX 400 | 40' | "The Entertainer"

The “Entertainer” SLX 400, the proud recipient of an NMMA Innovation Award, unites the pinnacle of performance, unparalleled comfort, remarkable versatility and style, and the latest state-of-the-art technology.


Noteworthy Features:

  • 40 ft of luxurious layout
  • Comfortable seating for 15 people
  • Fresh water washdown, deck shower
  • Fold-down swim terrace
  • Sleeps 4 overnight
  • Bluetooth compatible sound system throughout
  • Touring seats with arm rests
  • Sunpad
  • Restroom
  • Fresh water sink
  • Satellite weather & radio
  • Dual inboard/outboard MerCruiser engines
  • Wet bar
  • 2 grills
  • Refrigerator & wine cooler
  • 3 flat-screen TVs
  • USB charging ports
  • and much more…

The yacht


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.

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. Additionally, your Captain will be 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.

You’re welcome to bring everything you desire for an amazing trip on the water! From bottled water and ice to delicious food and refreshing drinks.

Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, swimsuit, and towel for a complete experience. Rest assured, the yacht offers ample space for your bags and is equipped with refrigerators and coolers to keep your provisions cool throughout the journey.

Of course! We gladly welcome guests to bring their own food and beverages, including alcohol. The yacht is thoughtfully furnished with a microwave, refrigerators, and coolers to conveniently store your provisions, and there’s ample table space available for you to lay out a delightful feast.

For those who enjoy grilling, we have two electric grills on board that you are free to use, although please be aware that there is an additional cleaning fee of $25 associated with their use.

We kindly advise against bringing glassware or liquids that may stain, such as red wine or cranberry juice, as they could potentially damage the upholstery and boat interiors, which may result in a damage fee.

If you opt to hire a Crew, they will be delighted to serve your guests throughout the trip.

Absolutely! Chi City Charters collaborates with trusted food and beverage suppliers to provide you with a range of catering options.

Visit our Concierge page for inspiration and ideas, and feel free to contact us directly to discuss and make arrangements that suit your preferences.

Absolutely! Kindly inform us about the items you plan to bring and the time required for setup. We will make every effort to accommodate your request and provide access to the yacht prior to the scheduled charter start time. However, please note that availability for early setup cannot be guaranteed in all cases.

At Chi City Charters, we prioritize environmental stewardship and hold Lake Michigan and its inhabitants in high regard, just as we value our passengers. We kindly ask you to be mindful of Mother Nature during your charter and prevent any debris, such as confetti or balloons, from polluting the lake. Let’s work together to preserve the beauty of our natural surroundings.

Absolutely! We welcome and encourage swimming during the hours between sunrise and sunset. However, it’s important to note that the Captain reserves the right to restrict swimming if conditions are deemed unfavorable for safety reasons.

Your safety is our top priority, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in such situations.

Of course! One of the unique aspects of chartering a yacht in Chicago is the opportunity to explore the stunning river.

To navigate the Chicago River, the yacht will need to enter and exit through the Chicago Locks, which may require up to 1 hour each way on busy traffic days.

It’s important to note that this additional time should be considered when planning your charter, particularly on high traffic days like Friday and Saturday afternoons.

To ensure a seamless and enjoyable boating experience, please inform us and your hired Captain in advance if you intend to navigate the Chicago River. This will allow us to allocate sufficient time for navigating the Locks and guarantee the best possible experience during your charter.

Certainly! We happily welcome infants and children aboard, provided they are under the supervision of a parent or responsible guardian throughout the charter. Please keep in mind that infants and children are included in the total capacity count for safety reasons.

For the safety of all passengers, children aged 13 years and younger are required to wear a life jacket at all times while on the yacht. We kindly request parents to bring their own infant-size life jackets for babies and infants to ensure a proper fit and optimal safety.

The yacht is equipped with a bluetooth sound system, kitchen, restroom, and cooler on board.


A Memorable Experience

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