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Columbia Yacht Club


111 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Use the front ramp to enter and watch your step.




Sat, Oct 14: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available



Since 1892, Columbia Yacht Club has been celebrated as one of Chicago's premier boating clubs and sailing organizations. It is located where Randolph Street meets the Lake Michigan shoreline. In the winter of 1982-83, Columbia Yacht Club purchased the MV Abegweit, a 372-foot, 7,000-ton train ferry from Canada. Its lower level held railcars and motor vehicles during the ship's service on the Northumberland Straight from 1947 to 1982. The ferry now serves as the club ship and headquarters. Once the most powerful icebreaking ship in the world, "Abby" remains "in service" today as an exclusive dining room and event space that offers unparalleled views of the Chicago harbor, skyline and Grant Park.

Visitor Experience

Columbia Yacht Club will be open for self-guided tours with member volunteers spread around the historic ship to give additional information. Most areas of the three main decks will be available for viewing. A video of the engine room and Abby's journey to Chicago will also be on display.