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Chicago Yacht Charters Docking Locations – McCormick Place

If you’re looking for an incredible experience in Chicago for your corporate event, holiday party, anniversary or simply an additional source of entertainment, Anita Dee Yacht Charters is the perfect way to spend your morning, afternoon, or evening with friends, family, and colleagues. We offer a docking location at beautiful McCormick Place, which offers a tremendous amount of entertaining activities for business partners, families, singles, married couples, religious groups, and children. McCormick place is situated near some of the world’s most incredible museums and parks which will surely pique the interest of your group.

Since 1981, Mr. Tony Difigilo has navigated the Anita Dee Yacht Charters throughout Chicago with much success. Tony’s company has grown exponentially over the last 37 years and now includes multiple vessels and various dock locations, including McCormick Place. Read more about Anita Dee Yacht Charters’ history and Mr. Tony Difigilo’s experience from beginning a small business to expanding to a prosperous business. Whether you’re looking to host an evening celebrating and appreciating your employees or hosting a birthday party, Anita Dee Yacht Charters can provide your guests with a one of a kind experience. Our private yachts are also available for rent during the Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking to create an incredible experience for a large group, Anita Dee Yacht Charters will provide your guests with unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Contact Anita Dee Yacht Charters today to make a reservation with one of our luxurious yacht charters. Call us at (312) 379-3191 or fill out our email form. We are docked on the Chicago River at DuSable Harbor on Lake Shore Drive.

Things to do and see in McCormick Place

One of our premier docking locations is McCormick Place. This area of Chicago offers a number of activities to do and places to see for Chicago locals and first- time tourists alike. Whether you’re looking to visit an art museum, learn something new at a history museum, be entertained by live art, or enjoy a meal after your charter, there are a number of places to go and things to see near McCormick Place. McCormick Place is conveniently located near Museum Campus and a growing number of bars and restaurants. Below you’ll find some of Anita Dee Yacht Charters’s top recommendations for things to do near McCormick Place:


The Field Museum of Natural History is known around the world as one of the largest natural history museums. Current special exhibits include the Jurassic World Exhibition, an exhibit on Cyrus Tang Hall of China, Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact, and Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. General admission to the Museum will give you a look Inside Ancient Egypt, SUE the T. Rex, the Tsavo Lions, and Meteorites. The Field Museum provides an unforgettable experience that can be enjoyed by all.

The Shedd Aquarium houses a Caribbean Reef, a special exhibit on amphibians, the ecosystem of the Great Lakes and a Wild Reef with stingrays and sharks. Plan your visit ahead of time to ensure you can enjoy a special event at the Shedd Aquarium. The Aquarium also offers aquatic presentations, animal encounters, and experiences in 4D.

Alder Planetarium has several exhibits including one about the solar system, Astronomy in Culture and an exhibit titled Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass. The Planetarium also has several shows and featured events that you’ll want to consider as you plan your charter.

The world famous Wrigley Field home to the Chicago Cubs has frequent tours of the ballpark which feature a look at the press box, field and upper deck of the stadium.

The Navy Pier is considered a landmark in Chicago and is a must-see for those stopping off near McCormick Place. The Pier features rides, a “full sensory maze,” live entertainment, public art exhibits, shopping, dining, a Shakespeare theatre, Polk bros park and the famous crystal gardens.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago houses some of the most beautiful art exhibits in Chicago and currently includes or will house in the future the works of Amanda Williams, Edra Soto, Michael Rakowitz, Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons. The Museum also demonstrates various screenings, dance, live arts, talks, theatre and music programs.

Restaurant and Bars

Restaurants near McCormick Place include Third Star, M/X, Chicago Oyster House, Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta and Golden Pond. Convenient bars include Arc Bar, Bureau Bar, Reggies Chicago, The Spoke & Bird, Weather Mark Tavern and Velvet Lounge Chicago.


The McCormick Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful location and offers incredible views of the lake that you can enjoy after your charter. With six acres to explore, the Sanctuary is a gorgeous place to relax to see many plants, wildflowers, and grasses.

Burnham Park is located near the Chicago River and has nearly 600 acres. The park offers the perfect location to relax and houses beautiful scenery and tranquil surroundings.

Newly opened Prairie District Park near McCormick Place has a wonderful dog-friendly area, plaza, playground, and water play area.

Book with Anita Dee Yacht Charters Today

Whether you’re looking to book a Corporate, social, wedding, or special event, the elite team at Anita Dee Yacht Charters is ready to plan and coordinate your private charter event. We have provided incredible experiences for thousands of guests over the years and are prepared to do the same for you. We can also provide you with our top recommendations of vendors for your catering, entertainment, photography, floral and bakery needs.

View photos of our vessels and pictures of past weddings held onboard our ships in our photo gallery. Our pricing for the Anita Dee I and Anita Dee II describes the break down for prices in consideration of time of day, season and for special event dates. Contact Anita Dee Yacht Charters today to make a reservation with one of our luxurious yacht charters. Call us at (312) 379-3191 or fill out our email form. We are docked on the Chicago River at DuSable Harbor on Lake Shore Drive.

Anita Dee Yacht Charters 200 N Breakwater Access Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 379-3191
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