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MOM'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK | Yachti at Burnham Harbor in Chicago, a Water Taxi & So Much More


CHICAGO–It’s a water-taxi, it’s an adventure boat, it’s a history tour…’s Yachti!

Sometimes I find the most unique things out of pure need. I was invited to a friend’s yacht in Lake Michigan that was heading to Chicago’s Playpen for the day. Although I have been skydiving, paragliding, parasailing, hanggliding, deep sea fishing, and the like, you might find it surprising to know that I suffer greatly from motion sickness; however, I still did not want to turn down the offer to go boating for the day, so I needed a backup plan.

My friend informed me of a new service on Lake Michigan called Yachti that offers “uber-like” tender services on the water. With a quick phone call, Yachti will pick you up in the middle of Lake Michigan from any boat and bring you to shore within minutes.

While preparing for my exit plan, I discovered that Yachti also has private tours, adventure tours, firework adventures, and luxury 62’ charters available, so I decided to test the waters on a historic tour.

Although I have participated in many Chicago area history/architectural tours before, this tour was like no other. Liam was a fascinating story teller and shared phenomenal information about Burnham Harbor, the Adler Planetarium, Meigs Field, Northerly Island, Navy Pier, and so much more about Chicago’s shoreline. The way he told the stories and the detailed information divulged, was absolutely captivating.

The tour lasted 1.5 hours and we didn’t want it to end. The boat offered a bit of adventure and excitement as we sped down the shoreline to then pause with riveting details of the skyline in front of us. We were engrossed

in the facts and awed by the emotion Liam emitted as he shared the particulars.

If you need a ride, or want to set sail for the day in the most spectacular way, it’s Yachti all the way!


Yachti was founded by Liam J. Poczatek in 2019 with the goal of providing access to the Chicago shoreline to as many people as possible. From Adventure Tours, Water-Taxis, Firework Cruises, and Luxury Charters, Yachti is your one-stop shop for experiencing the world-renowned Chicago Shoreline.


Burnham Harbor • Chicago

(773) 922-8055 •

Hours: See website for schedule

Price $: Varies Depending on Selection


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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