Our Story...

Hi friends, we’re Erich and Anjelica! It’s great to e-meet you.

It’s all in the family with Chill Yacht Charters. Not only are we Captain and First Mate, we’re also husband and wife, partners in crime and Lake Michigan residents. No seriously – instead of buying a landlubber home we decided to take the road less traveled (or rather, the lake less traveled) and bought a yacht instead. Unconventional some might say, but we absolutely love life on the water and with it covering 71% of the earth, that's a lot of available real estate!

When you’re cruising with us, you’re in the most capable of hands. Captain Erich has a 100 Ton Masters License through the U.S. Coast Guard and is a 5.5 year veteran of the United States Navy. While serving in the Navy he sailed the world not once, but TWICE (take that, Magellan). He has sailed the North, South and Western Pacific Oceans, the South China Sea, the Sea of Japan, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic Ocean… to name a few. After returning from the Navy he got into small boats on Lake Michigan, then received formal education and training for small boat operations at the highly regarded Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, Florida, where he mastered topics such as voyage planning, vessel handling, safety, navigation, CPR and even firefighting to boot. Long story short, he knows what he’s doing and is excited to share his skills and passion for the water with you.

First Mate Anjelica is the queen of relaxation and awesomeness. She is a professional make up artist by trade who works with brides, on commercials, special events, and more. She is a graduate of Make Up Designory in New York and holds a Business degree from Johnson & Wales University. Part of Chicago’s well-known culinary Bannos family, she also brings over 20 years of hospitality and service industry experience to the deck. If Erich is the responsible and capable dad of the Chill Yacht family, Anjelica is the hostess mom who makes sure snacks are always stocked while ensuring every drink has a paper umbrella. She’ll handle every detail while you capitalize on your relaxation time.

At the end of the day, there’s nowhere we’d rather be than in our homeport of Chicago. We live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and there’s no better way to experience it than on the deck of a boat. We’re excited to welcome you aboard.