The Waterfront Platinum environment is undoubtedly the best and most glamorous place to view the racing for any adrenaline sports enthusiast while on land. Adding an extra layer of luxury to our Premium experience, Platinum guests will also be treated to complimentary drinks, premium dining, and the best and most elevated seats in the house, at the exclusive outer ring of the Grand ballroom, Navy Pier.
Watch all the action from the comfort of an elevated position in the bleachers. Situated on the outer end of Navy Pier, from this vantage point you will have spectacular views of the race course with a front row seat to the racing and big screens accompanied by live race commentary and a complimentary meal & drink.
Located within the race village on Navy Pier, the waterfront spectator experience will offer views of the high-speed foiling F50 catamarans as they take flight on Lake Michigan. Waterfront Access guests will be treated to live race commentary, concession stands, an awards ceremony, and a dedicated fan shop stocking league and team merchandise, including must-haves such as caps, tote bags, limited edition event t-shirts and much more.
SailGP has partnered with City Experiences to provide a fantastic on-water fan experience for the United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier.
Official spectator boats will offer the closest vantage point to the racing providing fans an unrivaled view and experience as the cutting-edge F50 catamarans race by at high speed within meters of the spectator boat.
- Exclusive on-water access and privileged viewing position on the racecourse perimeter
- Selection of canapés served onboard
- Included premium bar
- Three-hour on-water experience
- Departing Navy Pier | 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
- Climate positive ticket – offsetting the carbon impact of your time with us
Bring Your Own Boat Program
Finally, if you are planning to watch the United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier from your own boat, there are two great options to ensure you get the best vantage spot along the racecourse on Lake Michigan.
Bring Your Own Boat Premium
Purchasing a premium SailGP flag will get you the closest and best view of the action from your own boat. This package includes:
- Exclusive access on both days of racing.
- Preferred positioning in the front row, inside the exclusion zone and/or directly next to a turning mark.
- Welcome pack including a tote bag, cap and souvenir flag to fly on your vessel.
- Live race commentary over VHF.
- We’ll offset your carbon footprint for each race day.
Your welcome pack will be available for collection from:
Chicago Harbors Administrative Offices
1521 S. Linn White Drive, 1st Floor South
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Open: Tuesday - Friday 8am-4pm
Located on Northerly Island, on the East side of Burnham Harbor.
Park in the free 15 minute parking spots in front of the building
Bring Your Own Boat Access
Register for free to bring your own boat. Once registered, you will receive an e-newsletter with all the essential racecourse details. Your boat will be positioned approximately 100 meters outside the Bring Your Own Boat Premium boats that will be located on the racecourse boundary. Live commentary will be provided over VHF.
Bringing your boat to Chicago for the event? Click here to view transient dockage from the Chicago Harbors.
How do I get involved with Chicago SailGP as a supplier or vendor?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What job opportunities are there on Chicago SailGP?
Please contact email@example.com. All long term positions will be advertised on LinkedIn.
How can I buy a ticket for SailGP?
Tickets can be purchased online at www.sailgp.com/chicago
How do I get my tickets?
Tickets will be emailed to you at the time of purchase. Tickets will be scanned at the gates for fast entry - either on your mobile device or printed.
When does the racing take place?
Racing takes place from 15:00 - 16:30 on Saturday and Sunday. Three races are scheduled per day and a racecourse boundary will be in place each day starting one hour prior to racing.
What happens if the event is canceled due to COVID-19 or other reasons?
Should SailGP cancel the event, information about refund options will be issued at the place of purchase.
Will this event take place rain or shine?
This event is scheduled to take place rain or shine. In the event of adverse weather conditions please check the www.sailgp.com/chicago website for updates.
If I don’t have a ticket, where can I see the racing?
Live on the SailGP app
Can I bring Children?
Absolutely bring the entire family, all ages are welcome, children under the age of 4 years do not require a ticket but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
What if I can’t find my ticket or confirmation?
Please contact directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I have a question about the spectator experiences for United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier?
Please visit sailgp.com/Chicago or email email@example.com
Can I get a refund?
Please read the Refund Policy on our website.
No pets (except service animals)
No large bags (exceeding 12x12in/30x30cm)
ON-WATER SPECTATOR BOATS FAQ
SailGP has partnered exclusively with City Experiences as the Official Spectator Boat Partner for United States Sail Grand Prix | Chicago at Navy Pier
What and Where?
Chicago SailGP Official Spectator Boats depart from Navy Pier | 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago. Please present your ticket to gain entrance. You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure and bring valid photo identification, as the venue reserves the right to require it for entry.
We regret that the vessel cannot wait for late arrivals. Unauthorized duplication or sale of your ticket may prevent you from being admitted into the event.
What time do the vessels depart and return to Navy Pier | 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL
The boats depart at 13:00 and return at 16:00
We encourage the use of public transportation where possible.
What is prohibited on the boat?
- Pets (other than trained assistance animals such as a guide dog) - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to purchasing your ticket to ensure your assistance animal
- Drugs and illicit substances
- SailGP does not take responsibility for confiscated items
- Important: We recommend bringing a windbreaker jacket, sun protection and a cap/hat
Can we bring our own drinks?
Drinks may not be brought onboard. All vessels are licensed premises with bar facilities available.
Do the spectator boats provide food & beverages during the cruise?
A selection of canapés are served onboard, which are sourced locally and sustainably. Beer, wines, spirits and soft drinks, will be complimentary as a part of your experience. It is unlawful to bring alcohol aboard.
Is wheelchair access available?
Yes, wheelchair access is available. Please inform us during the booking process.
What if I can’t find my ticket or confirmation?
Please contact the City Experiences directly HERE.
Are there facilities for children?
All children under 18 years must be escorted by adults. Children are welcome aboard vessels, however, please keep in mind that you are on the water for several hours and sometimes children do get restless. Infants under 4 years are free of charge but must be registered when booking tickets.
What if it is raining or the weather is bad?
The Official Spectator Boats will operate regardless of the weather. Vessel features include comfortable all-weather lounges with expansive viewing windows. Should the event be canceled for any reason you will be contacted with further details.
Are seats assigned?
There is no assigned seating, guests can move freely around the vessel.
What is the dress code?
Are Cameras allowed?
No cameras are allowed, except those on smartphones.
- Media and professional photographers must arrange accreditation through email@example.com for access into media locations.
- There might be photography and filming taking place on spectator boats. If you do not wish to be captured please notify a member of our crew.
- Please be mindful of those around you and respect their privacy.
What is the route/race map?
Please download the SailGP APP for up to date maps
- Download From The App Store
- Download From The Google Play Store
Is there a bathroom?
Yes. Each of our boats has a bathroom.
Are life jackets available?
Yes. Each of our boats operates with the required number of life jackets.
May I smoke aboard?
No. Smoking is not allowed on our boats at any time.
Date Changes and Cancellation Fees
Date changes, refunds, cruise credits and cancellations are not permitted. 100% cancellation fee applies to all bookings.
What is a climate positive ticket?
We are committed to racing for a better future and championing a world powered by nature so we have offset the carbon impact of your trip by supporting global clean energy projects.