Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club is located at the north end of Montrose Harbor, which is the northernmost port in Chicago’s Harbor System. As a private club located in busy Lincoln Park and adjacent to a public beach, the club’s surroundings see quite a bit of foot, bike and car traffic during the summer months. However, since we are tucked away from Montrose Avenue the club is somewhat secluded from the rest of the park, and it can feel like you are a long way from the grind of modern urban life once you arrive.
CCYC was founded in 1934, and the current club house was built in 1936 with major additions in the 1950s and 60s. The club is active throughout the year and serves our members by providing club programs, racing, events and facilities. Our club-base is unique in Chicago as we are a member-run facility. This means that except for outside contractors who handle the cleaning, maintenance and galley management, we do it all: We manage membership, we bartend, we organize racing and events. We all donate time to make sure the club runs smoothly, so visitors and members alike can relax and enjoy themselves. The predominant philosophy of our club is that if you see someone in need, you lend a hand; if you see something that needs doing, you do it, or find someone who can. The club works for us because we work for it.
In addition to striking views of the lawn and distant Chicago skyline offered from its club house, the club has one of the finest boat anchorages on Lake Michigan. Although our club is private, the harbor is public and managed by Westrec
. The club house, lockers, showers and washer/dryers are always available to members. CCYC's bar is open to members and guests during events, as well as Wednesday through Sunday evenings in the summer. Likewise, the galley is open from Wednesday through Sunday starting in May and winding down at the beginning of October.
CCYC celebrates every major holiday, and we are well-known for the engaging and energetic array of social events we sponsor. The heart of any yacht club can be found not in its facilities, but out on the water, where our members excel at racing, cruising and power boating. Corinthians have distinguished themselves with their racing prowess and sailing efficiency throughout the world, and we have one of the strongest power boating contingents of any yacht club in the city.