In 2000, Chicago Scene founder Ted Widen gathered a small group of friends together and headed out to the “Playpen”, a break wall protected area in the shadows of the Hancock building and fronting Chicago’s most recognizable and prestigious area known as “The Gold Coast”. The first year’s event had over 50 boats and it has doubled in size every year until 2010
This was the birth of “The Chicago Scene Boat Party” an annual event that is now the largest waterfront event on the Great Lakes with more than 800 boats and thousands of people from around the world participating.
Although Chicago Scene no longer coordinates or manages the boaters or their waterborne activities, we have expanded what was a one day event of boaters gathering together into a series of land and lake events now known as “The Chicago Scene Boat Party Weekend”
Guests and participants of these events experience Chicago’s wonderful lakefront in it’s midsummer glory over the three days wrapping the last Saturday of each July.
This year Chicago Scene has scheduled the following events around the Chicago Scene Boat Party Weekend: