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).
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.
What: Chicago Scene Boat Party
When: Saturday, July 29, 2023
Where: The Playpen area of Lake Michigan
Time: Sunup to Sundown