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Nothing says summer like an expedition on our very own Lake Michigan.

1. Party on a Yacht
Looking for a way to spice up your next party or special occasion? Try Chicago Elite. The city’s newest private yacht features four levels, complete with a gorgeous roof deck, and “man cave” style room with a fireplace and big screen TV. Available for charter year-round from $5,384 for four hours. 600 E. Grand Ave., 888.289.8833

2. Fireworks and Dinner Cruise

Admire the city’s gorgeous skyline and Navy Pier’s summer fireworks onboard the Odyssey, which recently underwent a $2 million renovation, during an unforgettable dining experience. Sat. cruises from $133 per person. 600 E. Grand Ave., 866.305.2469

3. Learn to Sail
Set sail with Chicago Sailing. The company offers 16 hours of certified training with professional instructors aboard their fleet of sleek J/22 sailboats ($535 for weekend class). Once you’ve mastered the art, take your friends and family out on the gorgeous Catalina 400 ($200 per hour). 3550 N. Recreation Drive, 773.871.7245

4. Become a Skipper
A membership to Vantage Yacht Club grants you rental access to a variety of private luxury vessels. Even better, members can receive skipper certification to operate the fleet on their own with annual training. Price upon request. Watercraft locations vary, 855.777.1855

5. Sunrise by Jet Ski
You’ve walked, cruised and drove it. Now see the city from a new angle with a sunrise jet ski rental (by appointment only). Chicago Jet Ski Rentals boasts four models of water gliders, including new Sea Doo Sparks. Riders can also rent a Go Pro camera to capture their fun. From $190 (with camera). 3155 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312.924.7994