Chicago Playpen

Started in 2000 by Ted Widen, the Chicago Scene Boat Party is a “raft-up” of over 800 boats that takes place in early August on Lake Michigan at a spot on the lake called “The Playpen.”

The Playpen is one nautical mile off the coast of the Jardine Water Purification Plant (1000 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL).

Chicago Scene Boat Party!

The two closest nearby beaches are Ohio Street Beach (400 N. Lakeshore Dr) and Oak Street Beach (1000 N. Lakeshore Dr.).

This is the largest annual boat party on Lake Michigan and we have heard reports that it stopped due to harassment from city officials but nothing can be confirmed.

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