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MOM'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK | Chicago Electric Boat Company


Yes, it’s true, Chicago does dye the river green once a year; however, did you know the Chicago Electric Boat Company is green every day? The fleet of 100% electric boats are not only easy to drive, but have been certified as zero emissions watercrafts, making them the green option for exploring the Chicago River by boat.

After parking just a couple blocks away, for only $10 using SpotHero, we were excited to access the Duffy Boat to enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon on the river. With room for eight (8) of your closest friends or family members, along with blue

tooth accessibility to play your favorite music, and a provided cooler holding your favorite drinks and foods, the boat transforms into a floating paradise!

We easily launched from the marina, conveniently located just off of State Street in the heart of the city. The riverwalk pulsed with the vibrant life of boaters, kayakers, and waterfront diners at City Winery Chicago, Pizzeria Portofino, and RPM Seafood.

Driving the Duffy Boat was as easy as driving a golf cart - no experience required providing our group a private and personal experience to laugh and chat freely while enjoying the ambience of the skyline from a vantage viewpoint. We waived to the Odyssey Dinner Cruise, listened alongside the Chicago Architecture Cruise, and enjoyed light banter between nearby White Sox and Cubs fans.

Chicago Electric Boat company has so many unique experiences to choose from, summer fun is never ending. I foresee wearing my captain’s hat on the Donut Boat and the city's first Cycle Boat in the very near future!


The Chicago Electric Boat Company offers a unique, memorable and environmentally friendly way to see the great city of Chicago. By renting boats that are comfortable and easy to drive, the Chicago Electric Boat Company gives even new boaters a chance to get behind the wheel and see the city from this exceptional point of view.

Chicago Electric Boat Company

300 N State Street

Marina Level — Unit EE

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 644-6411

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Price $: Prices vary based on boat selected


Kristen Kucharski’s days are never dull, her kids are never bored! Over the years #MomsLittleBlackBook has explored hundreds of kid friendly things to do in our surrounding community and on the road. As her girls have grown and gone away to college, she continues to enjoy unique activities, excursions, day trips, weekend get-a-aways, and road trips while rediscovering my own passion for adventure with friends, girls nights outs, and date nights. In her words “Life is a journey–might as well have fun along the way. Go, fly, roam, travel, voyage, explore, discover!”


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