Chicago Match Cup & Tall Ships Chicago 2013

Chicago Match Cup

 

It’s a Nautical Celebration at Navy Pier!

 

 

The sport of sailing will take over Navy Pier this month, and whether you’re interested in maritime history or want to watch modern match racing, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy. The Chicago Match Cup (August 6-11), a $100,000 sailing competition—not to mention the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour—will set sail alongside one of Chicago’s most popular annual attractions, the Tall Ships Chicago 2013 Festival (August 7-11).

 

Chicago Match Cup

Come watch 12 of the world’s best teams sail against each other—just feet away from the edge of Navy pier—for their share of the $100,000 prize money and points earned toward the Tour’s overall World Championship, worth $1.75 million in prize money (aka the richest in the sailing world).

 

Highlights Include (from chicagomatchrace.com):

 

August 6: As the Chicago Match Cup teams practice in the morning, fans are invited for a free preview day. And in the afternoon, during the inaugural Chicago Sports Commission Charity Sports Challenge, Chicago’s own sports stars will test their sailing skills (with a little help from the pro-sailors), for charity.
August 7 – 11: More than 100 action-packed races between the 12 teams to determine the road to the Finals on Sunday afternoon. Special viewing areas to ensure front-row seats, live commentary; Jumbotron viewing; meet-and-greets with the professional sailors; family-friendly games, food and beverage stands and more.

 

August 11 (3:00 p.m.): Chicago Match Cup Finals and Award Ceremony. There will be live broadcasts to more than 140 countries.

 

Tall Ships Festival

Every year, Navy Pier welcomes an international fleet of Tall Ships during this five-day festival. The event is filled with educational and fun activities for everyone in the family to enjoy—walk the grounds to view the Tall Ships, board a Tall Ship for a dockside tour or take a sail-away cruise on select Tall Ships (additional cost), watch a fireworks display every evening and much more!

 

Highlights Include (from chicagomatchrace.com):
August 7 (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.): Tall Ships arrive with the crowd-favorite Parade of Sail on Lake Michigan with Chicago’s skyline forming a magnificent backdrop.

 

DETAILS

 

www.chicagocup.org

www.navypier.com

 

Dates: Chicago Match Cup, August 6th – 11th | Tall Ships Chicago, August 7th – 11th

Location: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Tickets: General admission tickets are $5; with additional opportunities to purchase Tall Ships cruises and on-boards, as well as Chicago Match Cup VIP viewing areas.

 

WHERE TO STAY

 

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499.

www.majestic-chicago.com

 

The Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

www.willowshotelchicago.com

 

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL, 60657, 773.404.3400.

www.chicagocitysuites.com