Winter is coming but that doesn’t mean boating season has to end.
Chicago Electric Boat Company—known for its fleet of donut boats, pontoons and more–is offering a new way to enjoy the outdoors during the coldest months this year: Hot tub boats. Launching out of the docks at Marina City (300 N State St), the six-person vessels will float along the main branch of the Chicago River, from Michigan Avenue to Wells Street, while passengers stay warm in heated water. Reservations for a 90-minute ride are now available through Chicago Electric Boat Company’s website, and cruises are scheduled to begin on December 8.
The boats are equipped with underwater lights, floating cup holders and coolers. Food is not allowed on board, but guests are welcome to bring their own drinks. Bluetooth speakers will be provided as well so that you can add your own soundtrack to the experience, and there’s a section for sitting in case you need to cool off.
The tubs will be sanitized after every rental using UV lights and saltwater cleansing. Customers are encouraged to wear a swimsuit and bring towels and flip flops, but can purchase them on site if needed. Boats will operate Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8pm, with extended hours of 9pm on Saturday. The cost is $250 on weekdays and $315 on weekends, and riders must be at least 13 years of age.
For those who are looking to avoid the harsh elements, Chicago Electric Boat Company is also offering heated luxury Duffys. These 22-foot boats can fit up to 10 people and depart from any of the company’s docks. They’re fully enclosed and decorated with festive lights for a cozy time. The luxury Duffys are priced at $156 per hour on weekdays and $191 per hour on Saturdays and Sundays.