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Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Navy Pier, East End


Now in its 7th year, Ashore Thing presented by Wintrust is Chicago's biggest party! Come out for this family affair at Navy Pier for the perfect summer setting. Enjoy a breath-taking view and lounge in luxury while sipping rosé, cocktails or ice cold beer at our premium cash bar. As the beautiful sailboats parade past the Pier, learn facts about each ship and its crew. Following the parade of boats, dance the afternoon away with one of the city's hottest DJs!  



Ashore Thing is located at the East End of Navy Pier.



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Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac 

Fondly known as “The Mac,” Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac is—at 333 miles—the longest running annual freshwater sailing race in the world.

Setting sail in 1898, the Mac’s early years were plagued by storms, course changes, and the onset of World War I; but since 1921 has occurred each consecutive year. It has grown from five boats competing in the inaugural race (and finish times upwards of 52 hours) to more than 300 participating vessels this year; and aboard those vessels, more than 3,300 sailors and crew members from all over the world, from New Zealand to Maine, Hong Kong to California. The race has advanced with technology—spectators can follow their favorite boats via tablet or smart phone using the boat’s GPS enabled tracking systems —but always kept its age-old traditions. The current Monohull record, set by Roy Disney on Pyewacket, is 23 hours, 30 minutes, and 34 seconds. The multihull record set by Steve Fossett on Stars and Stripes in 1998, is 18 hours, 50 minutes, and 32 seconds. Every year, adventurers and amateurs alike partake in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, and everyone else enjoys a week long celebration of sailing in both Chicago and Michigan—beginning, of course, with Ashore Thing.

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Is there parking? How much does it cost?
Parking is available in the East and West Garage of Navy Pier. Both can be accessed on the North side of the pier. Parking is a flat fee of $28.

Is there an admission fee?
Ashore Thing is free to the public.



How will I know where to go when I get to Navy Pier? 
Walk as far down the pier as you can. You’ll either arrive at Ashore Thing or walk into Lake Michigan. Don’t worry, you can’t miss the event!

What do I wear?
Guests are encouraged to wear sunscreen and their most nautical fashion. Need some ideas? Check out more on what to wear here.

Can I wear my captain’s hat?
Absolutely. Please note: both feet must remain on the pier at all times.

Is it family friendly? What activities are there for my kids to do?
Yes! Our Junior Sailors area is perfect for kids of all ages. It is complete with face painting, sailboat decorating, a balloon artist and more!

What type of food and drinks are going to be served?
Maker's Mark and Effen Vodka cocktails, Whispering Angel rosé, ice cold Peroni beer, water, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Food can be purchased at a number of restaurants along Navy Pier.


Do I have to print my ticket?
There are no tickets for Ashore Thing. Feel free to stop by with as many people as you would like at any point during the event.

What can I bring?
Guests are welcome to bring the following items:
- Outside food and snacks
- Sealed water bottles and non-alcoholic beverages
- Picnic chairs
- Hats
- Sunscreen














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